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Alfred “Dusty” Reines, 90, who retired in 1980 as chairman of Washington, D.C., area dealership Reines RV Center, died of lymphoma Friday (March 14) at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla. He maintained homes in Washington and Pompano Beach, Fla.
In 1946, with $50, Reines established a used-car dealership, Reines Motor Co. on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Md.
In the 1950s, he moved the business to Arlington, Va., where he began selling RVs and changed the company’s name to Reines Motor and Trailer Co. He stopped selling used cars altogether before moving the business to Fairfax, Va., in 1980.
The business moved to a 10-acre complex in Manassas, Va., in 1998 and is now perhaps the largest RV dealership in the Washington area.
In retirement, Reines organized the AK Tennis Group for seniors. He was also a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation and Woodmont Country Club.
Reines, who was born in Massachusetts, came to the Washington area as a teenager.
He was a graduate of Central High School and attended the University of Maryland. During World War II, he served with the Navy in the Pacific.
A son, Richard, died in 1999.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marilyn, of Pompano Beach and Washington; two children, Stacy Reines of Boca Raton and Lindsey Reines of Potomac; and two granddaughters.