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Oscar Gildenhorn, 91, who operated Comet Liquors in Washington from 1940 until he retired in 1965, died of cancer Dec. 8 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Gildenhorn was born in what now is Poland. He came to the United States and settled in Washington in 1920.

In addition to his liquor business, he invested in real estate and managed other investments.

He served on the board of directors and the admissions committee of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. He was a member of the Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge, the Amity Club and Adas Israel Congregation in Washington.

Since retiring, Mr. Gildenhorn had lived in Washington and in Pompano Beach, Fla.

His wife, Celia Koval Gildenhorn, died in 1977. Survivors include two children, Blanche Speisman of Chevy Chase and Joseph B. Gildenhorn, who is the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.