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Frank Blair, an anchorman on NBC’s “Today” show for 22 years, died Tuesda

March 15, 1995

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) _ Frank Blair, an anchorman on NBC’s ``Today″ show for 22 years, died Tuesday at age 79.

The cause of the death was not disclosed.

His death came 20 years to the day that Blair gave his last newscast on ``Today.″ He anchored the news desk from 1953 to 1975.

Blair began his broadcasting career in the 1930s, working at radio stations in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. In 1937, he moved to WOL in Washington, where he covered news and special events.

He joined ``Today″ in 1952 as a Washington-based correspondent covering the White House and the Capitol.

Blair is survived by his wife, Lillian, three sons and three daughters.

Larry Fein

CHICAGO (AP) _ Larry Fein, former national news editor for the Chicago Tribune, died Monday. He was 75.

Fein was an editor on the Tribune’s local and features desk from 1943 until 1967, when he was named chief copy editor for national and foreign news. He became national news editor in 1968 and held that post until 1974, then worked as a copy editor on the foreign and national desks until 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta; two sons; two stepsons; a stepdaughter; and a brother.

William Fowler

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ William Fowler, who shared the 1983 Nobel Prize in physics for research on the creation of chemical elements inside stars, died of kidney failure Tuesday. He was 83.

Fowler shared the 1983 Nobel prize with Subramanyan Chandrasekhar for theories explaining the chemical and physical process between stars and the universe.

During his career, he researched nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics, primarily concerning himself with studies of fusion reactions. In 1970, he was named Institute Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology, a position he held until retiring in 1982.

In 1957, Fowler was one of the authors of a seminal paper ``Synthesis of the Elements in the Stars,″ showing that nuclear processes in stars could manufacture all the elements, from carbon to uranium, starting only with the hydrogen and helium produced in the Big Bang.

Among his honors were a 1974 National Medal of Science and a 1989 Legion d’Honneur from France.

Robert Hershman

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Robert Hershman, a producer of documentaries for CBS News, died Sunday of AIDS. He was 41.

Hershman worked for the CBS news shows ``West 57th,″ ``48 Hours,″ ``CBS Reports″ and PBS’s ``The MacNeil-Lehrer Report.″ He also helped establish the Museum of Television and Broadcasting in New York City, serving as its first vice president.

Hershman helped change hospital policies for AIDS patients when he filed a lawsuit on behalf of his companion Ronald James. New York University Medical Center and other hospitals altered policies that excluded AIDS patients from sharing semiprivate rooms with other patients.

He is survived by his companion, Gary; his parents; a sister; and two brothers.

Loyce Houlton

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Loyce Houlton, a choreographer and dancer, died Tuesday of a stroke. She was 69.

Mrs. Houlton was the founder and artistic director of the Minnesota Dance Theater and created more than 90 original pieces of choreography, many in collaboration with composers who wrote original scores for the dances.

In the early 1960s, Mrs. Houlton founded the MDT. She brought teachers and choreographers from around the world to work with the company which was also a school for up to 1,200 students.

Houlton was stripped of her title and powers as artistic director by the MDT board of directors in 1986 during a financial crisis and managerial dispute. The company soon disappeared, but Houlton revived it in 1992.

Last year, about 10 dance companies in the United States and Europe included works by Mrs. Houlton in their repertories. Her signature piece, ``Wingborne,″ is still in demand by American dance companies.

Howard S. Meighan

NEW YORK (AP) _ Howard S. Meighan, a CBS Inc. executive who helped introduce the use of videotape, died March 8 of cardiac arrest. He was 88.

In the 1950s when television was mostly live, Meighan was among the executives and engineers trying to find a way to record programs for broadcast quickly and inexpensively. CBS, under Meighan’s guidance, was one of the first to buy a system from the Ampex Corp. that recorded sound and pictures on magnetic tape and could play them back immediately.

He is survived by his wife, Maryelaine; two daughters; a sister; and two brothers.

Mack Williams

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Mack H. Williams, a veteran journalist who published a daily battlefield newspaper on Guadalcanal during World War II, died of cancer Sunday. He was 77.

Williams was awarded the Bronze Star for his publishing activities as a soldier on the South Pacific island.

After the war, he worked as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the now-defunct Fort Worth Press before founding the weekly Fort Worth News-Tribune.

He sold the News-Tribune, which is no longer in business, and became a historian and author of ``In Old Fort Worth.″ The book is a compilation of news columns about early Fort Worth and Tarrant County that he researched and wrote for various publications.

Williams and his wife, who was also a journalist, were awarded the 1994 Ethics in Journalism Award by Texas Christian University.

He is survived by his wife, Madeline, and son, Thomas.

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