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January 30, 2000

DALLAS (AP) _ Henry David Akin, a lawyer for more than seven decades and lead partner in the Dallas law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, died of pneumonia Thursday. He was 100.

As an attorney, Akin mentored two young lawyers, Robert Strauss and Richard Gump, and 21 years later became partners with them in an internationally known law firm bearing their names. The firm now has more than 900 lawyers around the world.

Akin was known for his vast legal experience.

Alan D. Feld, 63, senior executive partner and member of the firm since 1960, said he was constantly reminded of that fact.

Asked about an individual case, Feld said, Akin ``would tell me what he thought the law was and then he would quote from a Supreme Court of Texas case that he personally had tried.″

Akin practiced law well into his 90s and taught at Southern Methodist University’s School of Law one hour a week for 32 years.

Tony Doyle

LONDON (AP) _ Tony Doyle, an Irish actor who was one of the stars of the ``Ballykissangel″ television series, died Friday at age 58.

Doyle died at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London a few hours after collapsing at his home, coroner John Bradley said. An autopsy was planned for Monday.

He received an Irish Television and Film Award last year for his role in the television adaptation of John McGahern’s novel, ``Amongst Women.″

Doyle appeared in numerous television productions, and was cast in two recently released Irish films, ``I Went Down″ and ``A Love Divided.″

In ``Ballykissangel,″ a hit show that has run for the past four seasons here, Doyle portrayed shady businessman Brian Quigley.

Francis Haskell

LONDON (AP) _ Francis Haskell, professor emeritus of the history of art at Oxford University, died Jan. 18 of cancer. He was 71.

Haskell published his first book, ``Patrons and Painters: a Study of the Relations between Art and Society in the Age of the Baroque,″ in 1963.

The book marked an important departure from the art history of its time, which was mainly concerned with the development of styles and studies of individual artists, according to an obituary in The Times of London.

Haskell instead was one of few who explored how art was commissioned and created, The Times said.

When in 1967 he was elected professor of the history of art at Oxford, he was only the second person to hold the title. It was a somewhat frustrating post since the university did not offer a degree in art history, only a one-year diploma course. Haskell retired in 1995.

Other books by Haskell included ``Rediscoveries In Art: Some Aspects Of Taste, Fashion And Collecting In England And France,″ 1976; ``Taste And The Antique; The Lure Of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900,″ co-authored by Nicholas Penny, 1981; and ``History and Its Images: Art and The Interpretation Of The Past,″ 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Larissa Salmina.

Martha Jean Steinberg

DETROIT (AP) _ Martha Jean ``The Queen″ Steinberg, a longtime Detroit radio personality, died Saturday of an undisclosed illness. She was 69.

Ms. Steinberg, an owner and president of WQBH-AM, was a major radio and community personality since arriving here in 1963 from Memphis, Tenn.

Her message ``to bridge the gap between the power structure and the forgotten man″ was heard weekdays on her radio show called ``Inspiration with the Queen.″

Her message of redemption, self-reliance, love and self-respect also was heard in Detroit on WJLB-FM radio, where she worked from 1966 to 1982.

``I do not know a soul who did not love her,″ Mayor Dennis Archer said. ``She was a visionary. She was prayerful. And she always sought ways to bring people together.″

Ms. Steinberg also was a partner in the MGM Grand Detroit casino.

A native of Memphis, Ms. Steinberg started her career at WDIA-AM, a 50,000-watt station that covered five states.

She was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as one of rock’s pioneering deejays and was named ``Michiganian of the Year″ by The Detroit News in 1995.

She also was a nondenominational minister. In 1975, she founded the Home of Love, a church, community center and low-income housing complex on Detroit’s west side.

Survivors include three daughters and two granddaughters.

Jerry Thompson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Jerry Thompson, a veteran journalist best known for the series of award-winning articles he wrote after infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan, died Friday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 59.

Thompson produced the series of newspaper articles on Klan activity in 1980 and 1981. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1988, and chronicled his battle with the disease in his columns for The Tennessean.

Vice President Al Gore, a former reporter for the newspaper, worked alongside Thompson.

``Jerry taught me first of all about newspapering _ getting the facts and getting them right, and most of all, getting them first,″ Gore told The Tennessean in a statement.