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Obituaries in the News

June 2, 1999

BONSALL, Calif. (AP) _ Hillary Brooke, the elegant blond actress who perfected the ``other woman″ role in dozens of films and played Gale Storm’s adversary in the 1950s TV sitcom ``My Little Margie,″ died May 25. She was 84.

Although Miss Brooke was never the leading lady, she worked with top actors and directors and in such prestige projects as 1944′s ``Jane Eyre,″ which starred Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine.

Her other, diverse films included ``The Enchanted Cottage″ (1944) in which she played opposite Robert Young; ``Road to Utopia″ (1945) with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, and Alfred Hitchcock’s ``The Man Who Knew Too Much″ (1956).

She played Roberta Townsend in ``My Little Margie″ from 1952-55.

Manuel Chavez

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Manuel Chavez, a noted United Farm Workers activist, died Sunday from pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

Chavez was a farm worker who went on to become a key organizer for UFW, a union that successfully sought to represent tens of thousands of farm workers across America during the 1960s and ’70s.

He was also the cousin and confidant of legendary Mexican-American leader Cesar Chavez, who died in 1993.

Kenneth Dodson

STANWOOD, Wash. (AP) _ Kenneth Dodson, who wrote popular books about his experiences in World War II, died May 24. He was 91.

Dodson then spent 20 years in the merchant marine before enlisting in the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He saw action in nine major battles, including Okinawa and the invasion of Makin in the Gilbert Islands as part of the capture of Tarawa in 1943.

He was discharged in 1946 after his vocal cords were severely damaged when a machine gun mount tore loose during a training session.

After poet Carl Sandburg urged him to write about his wartime experiences, Dodson took writing classes at the University of Washington. With the success of his first effort, ``Away All Boats,″ published in 1954, Dodson and his family appeared on radio and television shows around the country .

Richard Hunter Hemp

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Richard Hunter Hemp, an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle for nearly four decades, died Monday. He was 80.

Hemp rose from copy boy to reporter, eventually becoming one of the staff’s most respected editors.

For 19 years, Hemp served as night city editor, and was assignment editor from 1969 to 1988. Hemp later worked on the editorial page and retired on Nov. 5, 1993.

Hemp is survived by his wife, a brother and several nieces and nephews.

William Ringel

NEW YORK (AP) _ William Ringel, a judge who once ruled that Andy Warhol’s ``Blue Movie″ is obscene, died Thursday. He was 97.

The Austrian-born Ringel worked for the U.S. Army’s intelligence unit during World War II before becoming a judge and serving in various courts in New York for 25 years.

In 1969, he was in a three-judge panel that ruled ``Blue Movie″ obscene. The judges said the film’s graphic sex was portrayed ``with no redeeming social value.″

Tom Riste

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Tom Riste, a former television columnist for The Arizona Daily Star, died May 24. He was 78.

Riste started Palo Verde magazine, which he distributed to mobile home parks from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

He wrote columns on television for the Star from 1965 to 1978.

A freelance writer, Riste squeezed in an acting career on the side. He appeared in eight movies in the 1950s, most notably 1955′s ``Horizons West.″ In that film, Riste was Raymond Burr’s henchman and beat up the Rock Hudson character.

In addition to Riste-Saltzman, he is survived by his wife Elaine Riste; son Tom Riste and daughter Jenny Riste, and a brother, Lynn.

Murray Rose

NEW YORK (AP) _ Murray Rose, an Associated Press sports writer and editor for more than 40 years and one of the country’s best known boxing journalists during his career, died Monday. He was 84.

Rose covered fights and fighters from Joe Louis to Muhammad Ali for four decades. He teamed with the late Jack Hand at ringside for scores of championship fights, and the two won awards for their coverage from the Boxing Writers Association.

He also was an integral part of the AP’s Olympic staff and covered international sports on every continent except Antarctica.

Rose started at the AP in 1934 as a copy boy, grateful for a job that offered some security during the Depression. He worked in a number of New York departments before settling in sports, where he crafted a memorable career, writing from places such as Helsinki, Paris, London, Mexico City, Melbourne, Rome, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Cali and Munich.

In 1952, Rose was among the first American newsmen to tour the isolated housing of Soviet Union and other Iron Curtain athletes at the Olympics in Helsinki.

Rose spent many years running the AP’s night sports desk, directing coverage of breaking news stories. He retired in 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, their son and two grandchildren.

Mary Allen Rowlands

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mary Allen Rowlands, artist-actress and mother of actress Gena Rowlands Cassavetes, died Friday. She was 94.

She appeared in several films with her daughter that were directed by her son-in-law, the late John Cassavetes, including ``Minnie and Moskowitz,″ ``A Woman Under the Influence″ and ``Opening Night.″

The widow of Wisconsin state Sen. Edwin Rowlands, Miss Rowlands was also known for her portrait painting.

Crombie Taylor

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Crombie Taylor, an architect and preservationist who taught design at the University of Southern California for 23 years, died May 24. He was 85.

As a preservationist he championed the historic work of 19th century architect Louis H. Sullivan, who designed the Art Institute of Chicago. Taylor personally restored several buildings that Sullivan designed, and rediscovered, reproduced and exhibited Sullivan’s trademark stencil designs. He also prepared a major exhibition of Sullivan’s polychromatic, two-dimensional ornaments for the Smithsonian Institution.

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