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Obituaries in the News

January 12, 1999

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Rev. David L. Brent, president of the Jefferson City branch of the NAACP, died Saturday of cancer. He was 69.

He became president of the city’s branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People two years ago. He also was a social worker.

Brent worked closely with the mayor and other city leaders to establish a task force to study racial tensions in Jefferson City schools.

Brent was co-pastor of Second Christian Church in Jefferson City, and spent 27 years as a minister.

Frederick Carstens

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Former state Sen. Frederick Carstens, who served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1965 to 1974, died Sunday. He was 88.

Carstens was known in the Legislature for his concerns about environmental protection, public power district policies and probate law. He served as chairman of the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee and as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

After retiring from the Legislature, Carstens worked as then-Gov. Charles Thone’s special aide on alcohol treatment programs.

The recreational building at the Beatrice State Developmental Center is named in his honor.

Jim Dyck

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) _ Jim Dyck, an outfielder-third baseman who played in the major leagues in the late 1940s and ’50s, died Monday of cancer. He was 76.

Dyck started his baseball career in Norfolk, Neb., in the early 1940s. In 1948, he moved to St. Louis, where he joined the Browns and moved with them to Baltimore. In addition to the Browns and the Orioles, Dyck played with the Indians and the Reds.

He switched to the Pacific Coast League in 1957, playing for Vancouver and Seattle before retiring in 1960 to help with a family bowling-alley business.

He had a .246 career average in 330 games, with 26 homers and 114 RBIs.

Fabrizio De Andre

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Fabrizio De Andre, a politically minded singer and songwriter popular in Italy since the 1960s, died Sunday at Milan’s Tumor Institute. He was 59 and reportedly had been receiving treatments at the cancer hospital since summer.

De Andre found inspiration for his ballads both in French poetry and in politics. He sang about love, war and social issues, including the plight of workers.

He received particular critical acclaim for recordings made in his Genoese dialect.

Naomi Mitchison

CARRADALE, Scotland (AP) _ Lady Naomi Mitchison, who was often called the doyenne of Scottish literature, died Monday the age of 101.

The cause and location of her death, which occurred Monday, were not immediately available.

A poet and novelist, Lady Mitchison was a prolific writer _ completing more than 80 novels in her lifetime. She never confined herself to one style, writing historical novels, science fiction, travel writing and a three volume autobiography.

Her first novel, ``The Conquered,″ was published in 1923 and was based on her wartime experiences.

In 1935, Lady Mitchison published her most controversial work. ``We Have Been Wanted″ explored sexual behavior, including rape, seduction and abortion. The book was rejected by leading publishers and ultimately censored.

In addition to her writings, Lady Mitchison was also a vocal women’s rights campaigner, actively lobbying for birth control.

Brian Moore

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ Irish-born author Brian Moore, whose 20 critically acclaimed novels and screenplays won him accolades from contemporaries including Joan Didion and Joyce Carol Oates, died Sunday of pulmonary complications following an illness. He was 77.

Moore came to Hollywood to work with director Alfred Hitchcock. Oates once said Moore was a ``supremely entertaining `serious’ writer.″

Moore’s first book, ``The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne″ (1955), about a Belfast spinster’s lonely downward spiral has been continuously in print.

Moore also wrote a number of screenplays, including Hitchcock’s 1966 film ``The Torn Curtain″ and the CBS television film ``Catholics.″ Among his own novels adapted for the screen were ``The Luck of Ginger Coffey,″ ``The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne,″ ``The Temptation of Eileen Hughes,″ ``Cold Heaven″ and ``Black Robe.″

Myles Tierney

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) _ Myles Tierney, a Kenya-based producer for Associated Press Television News, died Sunday when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle at a checkpoint in this West African nation, torn by civil unrest between rebels and the government. He was 34.

``We are in mourning today,″ said Louis D. Boccardi, president of The Associated Press. He called Tierney ``a brave and adventurous man.″

Ian Stewart, 32, West Africa chief of bureau, who was also in the car, was wounded in the head in the attack and was airlifted to London, where he was in stable condition Monday night. AP photographer David Guttenfelder, 29, was injured by flying glass.

``We are in awe of the sacrifices they and others make so that we can carry out our mission,″ Boccardi told AP staffers Monday.

Though he was a cameraman, Tierney’s byline appeared on a range of stories from Africa. He joined AP’s TV arm in 1996, organizing coverage of a military coup in Burundi. He set up the agency’s first TV bureau in New York before returning to Africa.

In January 1997, Tierney returned to Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. For the next two years he chronicled the turmoil across east and west Africa. He was part of an AP team that for three months reported exclusively on the advance of then rebel leader Laurent Kabila in eastern Zaire, now Congo.

During the assignment, he pioneered use of new technology which allowed video to be dispatched over a conventional satellite telephone.

He also had covered conflicts in Rwanda, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea and Somalia.

Tierney is survived by his mother and a sister, Loren.

The AP has withdrawn all foreign journalists from Sierra Leone for now.

Tierney is the 24th AP journalist to die in the line of duty in the organization’s 150-year history.

Orlandus Wilson

PARIS (AP) _ Orlandus Wilson, one of the founding voices of an influential gospel quartet and an institution in popular jazz music, died Dec. 30 at 81.

Wilson and three other high school singers formed the Golden Gate Jubilee singers in Norfolk, Va., in 1934. The group, which later changed its name to the Golden Gate Quartet, went on to become one of the most influential gospel groups, updating well-known spirituals with jazz and swing.

In 1938, the group appeared on the program of John Hammond’s ``Spirituals to Swing″ concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City, earning them national recognition. In 1941, they became the first black singers to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington.

They traveled to Europe in 1955, and like many other black musicians fed up with racism in the United States, decided to make it their home.

In 1994, the quartet gave its first performance in the United States since the 1950s when it was inducted into the hall of fame of United in Group Harmony, a group devoted to preserving the history of vocal harmony.

Wilson managed the quartet for most of its life, but he also did musical arrangements and composed original works. He retired from the quartet in October.

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