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October 13, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Robert ``Tex″ Allen, one of the original white-hatted cowboy stars on Hollywood’s silver screen, died Friday of cancer and a collapsed lung. He was 92.

Born I.E. Theodore Baehr, Allen was one of the most popular western stars of the 1930s. His screen credits included ``Crime and Punishment″ (1935) with Peter Lorre, ``Winter Carnival″ (1939) with Ann Sheridan, and ``The Awful Truth″ (1937) with Cary Grant and Irene Dunn.

In 1934, he talked his way into a part in a Tim McCoy western and was so well received that Columbia Pictures created the ``Bob Allen Ranger″ series of cowboy movies that included ``Ranger Courage.″

After World War II, he was featured in stage productions such as ``Auntie Mame″ and ``Showboat,″ numerous television programs and commercials.

Bernhard Minetti

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Bernhard Minetti, an actor whose career began in the Prussian State Theater in 1930 and who appeared in most of Germany’s best-known theaters, died Monday. He was 93.

Minetti’s most important roles included Krapp in Samuel Beckett’s ``Krapp’s Last Tape,″ Faust in Goethe’s version of the classic, and Lear in Shakespeare’s ``King Lear.″ Most recently, he appeared with the Berlin Ensemble in Bertolt Brecht’s ``The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.″

Raymond A. Myles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Raymond A. Myles, a gospel singer praised by Billboard magazine as being on the brink of mainstream success, was found dead Sunday of multiple gunshot wounds. He was 41.

Myles, known for his high-energy shows, started his gospel career as a child, recording ``Prayer From a 12-year-old Boy,″ which an end to the Vietnam War.

He and his choir toured extensively in the southern United States and in Europe, performing with Al Green, Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin.

Ruben Naranjo

ALICE, Texas (AP) _ Ruben Naranjo, a conjunto singer and accordionist known to his fans as ``El Hijo del Pueblo″ (the son of the town), died of unknown causes Monday. He was 53.

Naranjo’s hits include ``Sin Delito,″ ``Prenda de Alma,″ ``Dulce Aldorada″ and ``Angel de mis Angeles.″

Conjunto originated in South Texas in the late 1800s when German, Czech and Polish immigrants introduced the accordion into the region.

Dr. Carlo Sirtori

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Dr. Carlo Sirtori, a cancer specialist and a leader in bringing medical information to the public, died Monday of cerebral vascular disease. He was 86.

Sirtori, an expert at classifying and naming tumors, also served as cancer adviser to the U.N. World Health Organization and director of the National Tumor Institute in Italy.

Known in Italy for bringing complicated medical information to people in simple language, he appeared on television and wrote weekly columns for Italian magazines, including the mass-circulation ``Gente″ and ``Gioia.″

Elvin W. Tappe

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) _ Elvin W. Tappe, a former Chicago Cubs head coach whose links to the team spanned more than 20 years, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

Drafted by the Cubs in 1952, Tappe became the team’s player-coach in 1958. He later worked as a scout until 1975.

Tappe and his twin brother, Melvin, did play-by-play broadcasts of local sports on WTAD radio and KHQA television in Quincy for 25 years.

W. Allen Wallis

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ W. Allen Wallis, former University of Rochester president and economic advisor to four U.S. presidents, died Monday of a stroke. He was 85.

Wallis, an internationally known free-market economist and statistician, became president of the University of Rochester in 1962 and was named chancellor in 1970.

From 1942 to 1946, Wallis served as director of research for the U.S. Office of Scientific Research’s Statistical Research Group, an agency that helped the war effort with such findings as the optimal patterns of submarine search.

From 1959 to 1961, he was special assistant to President Eisenhower and worked as executive vice chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Price Stability for Economic Growth. He also was on advisory panels under former Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.

Bruce Williamson

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bruce Williamson, a longtime film critic and contributing editor for Playboy magazine, died of bladder cancer Oct. 6. He was 71.

Williamson started reviewing movies for Time magazine in the 1960s. He worked briefly for Life magazine before joining Playboy in 1968. He retired in June.

During the 1980s and ’90s, Williamson wrote about movies for New Woman magazine.

Williamson came to New York in 1949. He acted in several Off Broadway productions and television programs.

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