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November 7, 2004

Jimmy McLarnin

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) _ Two-time welterweight champion Jimmy McLarnin died Oct. 28. He was 96.

McLarnin, a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame, died at an assisted living home in Richland, Wash.

The Irish-born McLarnin, 62-11-3 with 20 knockouts in his career, stopped Young Corbett III in the first round of a May 29, 1933, fight to claim the world welterweight title. McLarnin lost the belt to Barney Ross on May 28, 1934, won it back on Sept. 17, and lost it for good on May 28, 1935.


Fritz Russ

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Fritz J. Russ, an electrical engineer who tested space suits and designed equipment for nuclear tests during World War II, died Wednesday at Hospice of Dayton. He was 84.

Russ helped develop a power supply now used in every television set and the first transistorized wireless electric guitar.

Russ, who was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the president’s Committee on Science, was widely recognized for his achievements in electrical engineering.

In 1999, he and his wife established an annual $500,000 prize for engineering accomplishments improving the human condition. Modeled after the Nobel Prize, the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize is one of the top two engineering prizes in the world.

Russ donated an undisclosed amount to the Wright State University, where to establish the Russ Engineering Center, completed on the campus in 1992.

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