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November 9, 2000

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) _ Fred J. Archibald, the former managing editor and associate publisher of The (Frederick) News-Post, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 78.

A farmer in the New Market area for the past 40 years, Archibald also served in the military, was an aide in the Truman White House and worked in public relations for General Motors.

Archibald worked at the News-Post as a performing arts critic and photojournalist for two years before joining the paper full time in 1978 as managing editor.

In recent years he wrote a gardening column for the paper and spoke in front of numerous gardening clubs.

Born Sept. 10, 1922 in Lincoln, Neb., Archibald graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point in 1945. He then served in the Philippines with the 86th Infantry Division.

In the 1950s he served as chief of news operations for the Army high command in the Far East.

He later worked for General Motors in Detroit, Cleveland, New York and Washington.

J. Sinclair Armstrong

NEW YORK (AP) _ J. Sinclair Armstrong, a banker, lawyer, and high government official, whose 60-year career spanned jobs such as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission and assistant secretary and comptroller of the Navy, died Sunday. He was 85.

Armstrong’s most public role, however, came during a fight to stop St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church from building a skyscraper on its Manhattan property during the 1980s.

The decade-long fight focused on the church’s plan to build a 59-story office building on its property on 50th Street and Park Avenue. Armstrong ultimately won the argument that the church should be subject to city landmark preservation laws and the building was never built.

Before the battle with St. Bartholomew’s, Armstrong also served as a partner in various law firms and was executive secretary and treasurer of the Reed Foundation, which supports programs in the arts, social sciences, and law.

Armstrong graduated from Harvard Law School, and soon became a partner at a Chicago law firm, where he worked until serving in the Naval Reserve in 1945 and 1946.

After returning to law, he was named by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the SEC in 1953. He served as the commission’s chairman from 1955 till 1957, and worked for tougher rules regarding advertising and the selling of stocks and bonds.

Leona Kelley

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ State Rep. Leona Kelley, who served for 16 years in the General Assembly, died Tuesday. She was 81.

The South Kingston Republican was the deputy minority leader and served on the Judiciary Committee and the Joint Environment and Energy Committee.

Kelley did not run for re-election this year.

Mary Sinclair

PHOENIX (AP) _ Mary Sinclair, a model who earned a contract with CBS in the early days of television, died Sunday. She was 78.

Sinclair, a San Diego native, moved to New York to become a Conover model in the 1940s. She became friends with theatrical personalities, including playwright George Abbott, whom she married in 1946 and divorced in 1951.

William S. Paley, board chairman of CBS, noticed Sinclair and she was given one of the first acting contracts negotiated by the network.

Sinclair appeared primarily in the live drama broadcasts that were vogue in the 1950s, such as ``Playhouse 90,″ ``Studio One″ and ``The U.S. Steel Hour.″ She also had guest roles on early television series, including ``The Untouchables″ and ``Woman with a Past.″

Sinclair appeared in one major motion picture in 1953′s ``Arrowhead,″ starring Charlton Heston, Brian Keith and Jack Palance.

She was offered more films, but returned to New York due to her preference for television work. Sinclair turned to painting in the 1960s as her television career came to a close. She retired to Phoenix after living in Italy and Los Angeles.

John Telow

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ John Telow, a former Republican legislator who represented this Democratic stronghold for a decade, died Tuesday following a long illness. He was 85.

Telow, who served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1980 to 1990, was the first GOP lawmaker elected from Lewiston since 1902.

Telow was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and underwent surgery. He was left weak after the ordeal and came down with pneumonia several times in recent months.

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