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Obituaries in the News

July 20, 1998

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Warren A. McNeill, who worked for The Associated Press in New York, Tennessee and Washington and later worked for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, died Saturday. He was 95.

McNeill began his career as a journalist at newspapers in Lynchburg, Va. After a stint at the Richmond Times Dispatch in Virginia, he joined the AP.

During his AP career, he worked as an editor in New York, chief of bureau for the state of Tennessee in Nashville and as a reporter in Washington.

McNeill moved from Washington to Louisville after working for U.S. Sen. A. Willis Robertson of Virginia.

In 1960, McNeill established the public relations department for railroad, and remained as the department’s director until his retirement in 1970.

Survivors include his wife, Martine Wright McNeill,; a daughter, Sandra McNeill Burditt of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

Roger Quilliot

PARIS (AP) _ Roger Quilliot, a former French government minister and expert on the writings of Albert Camus, committed suicide on Friday. He was 73.

His wife, Claire, also tried to kill herself but was unsuccessful and was hospitalized, the daily Le Monde newspaper reported Sunday.

Quilliot studied literature in Paris and was named professor at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in 1963. He edited the complete works of Camus in the prestigious Pleiade edition.

A lifelong socialist, Quilliot became mayor of his adopted city of Clermont-Ferrand, in 1973. President Francois Mitterrand appointed him Minister of Urban Affairs in 1981, a position he held for two years.

Quilliot, who suffered from heart and lung problems, resigned as mayor of Clermont-Ferrand in 1997. He was increasingly preoccupied with his declining health and had long contemplated suicide, Le Monde reported.

Robert S. Rapp

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) _ Robert S. Rapp, an editor at The Virginian-Pilot and the former Ledger-Star since 1979, died Saturday. He was 62.

The cause of death was not released.

Rappstarted in journalism in the 1950s at the Reading Times in Reading, Pa., and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa.

From 1959 to 1977, he held several positions at the Sunday and Evening Bulletin in Philadelphia, eventually becoming assistant to the managing editor.

He also did freelance writing for Newsweek, Time and Life magazines.

Survivors include three daughters, R. Sterle Wallace of Glenmoore, Pa.; Dawn L. Rapp of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and Constance Nan Portman of Fort Washington, Md.; a son, R. Tim Rapp of Song Tan Si, Republic of South Korea; his father, Samuel B. Rapp of Reading, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

Hugh Reilly

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Hugh Reilly, who played the father on the classic television show ``Lassie,″ died Friday after suffering from emphysema for decades. He was 82.

Reilly played Timmy’s father, Paul Martin, on the CBS show that aired from 1958 to 1964. He played opposite June Lockhart as Ruth Martin.

``We would have a lot of chuckles on the set,″ Ms. Lockhart said. ``He was very easy going, very laid back, a good professional colleague.″

Jon Provost, who played Timmy for seven years, said he kept in touch with Reilly over the years.

``It’s like losing a member of the family. Hugh was a gentle and caring man. I will miss him,″ Provost said in a statement.

Reilly, who grew up in a working-class family in New Jersey, studied theater and rhetoric at Northwestern University and worked on Broadway before being picked for the role on ``Lassie.″

In the following years, he was busy on Broadway with shows including ``Dear Charles,″ opposite Tallulah Bankhead; ``Fair Game;″ ``Tea House of the August Moon″ and ``Philadelphia Story.″ He also starred in live plays that were recorded for television, including ``Claudia″ and ``Playhouse 90.″

Martin Seymour-Smith

LONDON (AP) _ Martin Seymour-Smith, British literary critic, editor, biographer and poet, has died. He was 70.

Seymour-Smith died of a heart attack at his home in Bexhill-on-Sea, southern England, on July 1, said a friend, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Seymour-Smith produced more than 40 books, including an annotated compilation of Shakespeare’s sonnets in the original spelling and biographies of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Graves.

He probably was best known for his 1973 ``Guide to Modern World Literature,″ revised and expanded in 1986 as ``The Macmillan Guide to Modern World Literature,″ a comprehensive study of 20th century poetry, drama and fiction.

Seymour-Smith’s biography of Kipling caused controversy by suggesting the writer was gay.

He also produced half a dozen poetry collections, the most celebrated of which was ``Reminiscences of Norma,″ works that explore the excitement and pain of sexual love.

Survivors include his wife, Janet, and two daughters.

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