R.F. McFadden, Little Tavern President, Dies
Aug 16, 1990
Robert F. McFadden, 83, the former president of Little Tavern Shops here, died of cancer Aug. 14 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Mr. McFadden, who lived in Potomac, was born in Savannah, Mo. He attended the University of Missouri, then came to Washington in the mid-1920s to attend Benjamin Franklin University. He graduated in 1926.
In the early 1930s, he opened the first Little Tavern Shop in Washington. The chain of hamburger shops had been started by a cousin in Louisville in 1927.
Mr. McFadden served in the Army during World War II, then returned to this area and his work at the Little Tavern Shops. He had opened 45 shops in the Washington-Baltimore area when he sold the business and retired in 1981.
He was a life member of Almas Temple of the Shrine and Congressional Country Club and a member of Potomac United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Liesa McFadden of Potomac; four children, Robert F. McFadden Jr. of Bethesda, Michael D. McFadden of Germantown, Linda L. Stone of Darnestown and Thomas W. McFadden of Littleton, Colo.; and four grandchildren.