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Obituaries in the News

August 2, 2002

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Gerald Gunther

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Gerald Gunther, the author of the standard American law school casebook ``Constitutional Law,″ died Tuesday of lung cancer. He was 75.

Gunther was born in 1927 in Usingen, Germany, near Frankfurt. His family left after seeing the town synagogue destroyed by fire and arrived in New York in 1938.

From 1956 to 1962 he was a faculty member at Columbia University School of Law until he was lured away to teach at Stanford, where he was a faculty member for the next four decades.

Gunther was an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court. A poll issued in 1987 by New York Law Journal ranked Gunther as the ``best qualified″ choice for appointment to the Supreme Court.

Gunther published dozens of essays and books addressing legal matters. Perhaps most notable among them was the biography, ``Learned Hand: The Judge and the Man.″

Leonard Litman

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Leonard Litman, who ran two top Pittsburgh entertainment venues in the 1940s and ’50s that attracted stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Bill Haley’s Comets, died Tuesday of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88.

Litman owned Lenny Litman’s Copa, a nightclub that flourished in the city’s downtown from 1948 to 1959. Earlier, he ran the influential Mercur’s Music Bar.

After the Copa closed in 1959, Litman continued to promote concerts and made a brief foray into sports in the 1960s when he and his brothers invested in an American Basketball League team.

Litman worked as the Pittsburgh correspondent for Billboard Magazine from 1948 to 1960 and as a correspondent for Variety for decades.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a brother.

Dan Lohwasser

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Dan Allen Lohwasser II, a reporter, editor and marketing director, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 53.

Lohwasser began his career with The News & Observer of Raleigh while attending the University of North Carolina. He graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

In 1975, he worked as a reporter for United Press International before being named Charlotte bureau manager. He was UPI’s Carolinas sports editor until October 1984, when he joined The Charlotte Observer.

In 1986, Lohwasser joined Muhleman Marketing and was part of the groups that wooed to Charlotte the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the NBA’s Hornets.

Survivors include his wife, a son, two stepchildren, mother, two sisters and a brother, and a granddaughter.

Harry Walker

BURLINGTON, Mass. (AP) _ Harry Walker, who founded a leading speakers’ agency that counts former Presidents Clinton and Ford among its clients, died Saturday of complications from surgery. He was 85.

The Harry Walker Agency represents other former heads of state, including Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto and Israel’s Ehud Barak, along with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Walker’s family, which included 12 children, immigrated from Poland to the United States when he was 4 years old. The family settled in Manhattan and Walker graduated from Yeshiva University before he founded his agency.

Otto Wick Jr.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Otto Wick Jr., a former publisher for Hearst Corp. newspapers who began his career in San Antonio as a summer copy boy, died Thursday of leukemia. He was 74.

Wick joined the San Antonio Light in 1945 and stayed with the newspaper while attending St. Mary’s University. He worked for most of the next 36 years at the Light, rising to advertising director and assistant to the publisher.

In 1981, he was named publisher of the Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer, another Hearst Corp. property. Four years later, he became publisher of Hearst’s Midland (Mich.) Daily News, where he remained until he retired in 1995 and returned to San Antonio.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.

James B. Woods

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ James B. Woods, a retired St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor, past Newspaper Guild international president and husband of former Missouri Lt. Gov. Harriett Woods, died Thursday after suffering a fall in his home in a St. Louis suburb. He was 89.

Woods began his journalism career as a reporter for the Journal Gazette newspaper in Mattoon, Ill. In 1943, he was hired as reporter at the former St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

Woods joined the Post-Dispatch in 1953, editing the former out-state edition for 17 years. He later was a copy editor until retiring in 1978.

Woods and Harriett Friedman, a fellow reporter, married in 1953, and Harriet Woods went on to serve as a state senator, lieutenant governor of Missouri and the National Women’s Political Caucus’s president.

Woods made his way from shop steward to president of the St. Louis Newspaper Guild. In 1967, he was elected international president of the American Newspaper Guild, now the Newspaper Guild-Communication Workers of America, serving six years in that post.

In addition to his wife and sons, survivors include eight grandchildren.

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