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February 7, 1998

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Rutherford H. Adkins, president of Fisk University, died Friday of cancer. He was 73.

Adkins was appointed president of the historically black, private liberal arts university in February 1997 and had been serving as interim president since July 1996.

He was the school’s 12th president since 1863, taking over for Henry Ponder, who resigned after 11 years at the university.

Adkins previously had been Fisk’s director of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and was the school’s interim president from 1975-76. He was president of Knoxville College from 1976 through 1981.

Jos Armitage

LONDON (AP) _ Jos Armitage, an artist best known for his covers of P.G. Wodehouse’s novels, died Jan. 28. He was 84.

Armitage’s understated paintings of prim and proper English types graced the covers of 58 Penguin editions of Wodehouse’s novels. The last of those commissions was for ``Sunset at Blandings,″ which Wodehouse had not completed before his death in 1975.

He also was a regular contributor to ``Punch.″

Alan K. Campbell

HAVERFORD, Pa. (AP) _ Alan K. ``Scotty″ Campbell, who brought about sweeping changes in the federal civil service system, died Wednesday of complications from emphysema. He was 74.

Campbell left his post as dean of public affairs at the University of Texas in 1977 to overhaul the civil service system in the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

Campbell helped to guide the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 through Congress. The act applied private-sector management practices to the federal bureaucracy and made it easier for supervisors in government to dismiss employees for failing to do their jobs.

After leaving office in 1980, Campbell went to work for ARA Services, now known as Aramark, as executive vice president for management and public affairs.

Albert Duff Sr.

ELSMERE, Ky. (AP) _ Albert Duff Sr. worked on World War I supply wagons and hunted until he was 98, died Wednesday. He was 102.

He enlisted with the Army in July 1918 in nearby Fort Thomas.

He served in World War I for seven months, securing wagons and supplies before they were sent into battle.

After returning to the United States, he served as a driver for a lumber company in Charleston, W.Va., drove buses and worked in a steel mill.

He retired in 1960 and made gun collecting and repair his hobby. While living in Tucson, Ariz., he became acquainted with people helping film the television show ``High Chaparral.″ They found out he was adept with guns and he repaired weapons for use in filming.

John Garcia Gensel

MUNCY, Pa. (AP) _ The Rev. John Garcia Gensel, about whom Duke Ellington composed ``The Shepherd Who Watches Over the Night Flock,″ died Friday of injuries from a fall after performing his grandson’s baptism in December. He was 80.

In 1960, his Lutheran Church in America superiors agreed that he could devote half his time to the pastoral care of the jazz community. Five years later, the church’s Board of American Missions, which usually assigns pastors to Indian tribes and migrant-worker camps, named him full-time pastor to the jazz community.

He began weekly jazz vespers on early Sunday evenings, attended by many members of St. Peter’s as well as by jazz enthusiasts, and other jazz services. He made himself available for family counseling of jazz musicians and performed musicians’ weddings and funerals.

Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber

NEW YORK (AP) _ Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber, a physicist who contributed to scientists’ understanding of nuclear fission and the structure of atomic nuclei, died Monday. She was 86.

Goldhaber was credited with the discovery that spontaneous fission is associated with the emission of neutrons. She made that observation in 1942 while a research physicist at the University of Illinois, but it was classified top secret and not announced until after World War II.

She founded the Brookhaven Lecture Series and co-founded in 1979 Brookhaven Women in Science, which promotes the advancement of women in science.

Timothy Kelly

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) _ Timothy Kelly, the guitarist for the rock band Slaughter, was killed Thursday when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer in northwest Arizona. He was 34.

The 18-wheeler crossed the center line near Bagdad, a small community west of Prescott, and struck Kelly’s car.

His car struck a third car, went off the road and rolled, said Pete Borquez, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Slaughter, which has released five albums since 1990, finished its latest tour last fall. The band has a live album scheduled for release this spring and was planning another tour to start in mid-May.

Cristobal Martinez-Bordiu

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Cristobal Martinez-Bordiu, son-in-law of former Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco, died Wednesday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 75.

Martinez-Bordiu married Franco’s only daughter, Carmen Franco Polo, in 1950. They had seven children.

A surgeon, he undertook Spain’s first heart transplant in 1968. The patient died 26 hours after the operation.

Controversy over the death of one of his patients forced him to resign in 1984 as department head at a Madrid hospital.

He retired in 1986.

Jack Streit

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jack Streit, a master matzo maker and owner of Aron Streit Inc., the last independent company to mass-produce the unleavened bread, died Wednesday. He was 89.

The family business became a nationwide distributor of matzo _ the quickly baked flour-and-water mixture primarily eaten by Jews on the holiday of Passover.

After the death of their father in 1937, Streit and his older brother, Irving, bought out their two sisters and continued to operate the business together _ Irving in a more executive capacity; Jack presiding dutifully over the matzo-making process.

In 1982, he became president of the company after Irving’s death.

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