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April 4, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Lionel Bart, the lyricist and composer who created ``Oliver!″ and other musicals, died Saturday at age 68, his family said.

The cause of death was not announced, but Bart’s nephew, Michael Pruskin, said he had been treated for cancer.

Bart played a large role in reviving the English musical at a time when American productions dominated London’s stages. He also won dubious fame for losing his fortune from ``Oliver!″ and survived long years of alcoholism and excess.

Bart’s first musical, ``Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be,″ premiered in 1959. He also produced for ``Lock Up Your Daughters″ that same year.

1960 brought ``Oliver!,″ based on Charles Dickens’ ``Oliver Twist.″ The show was also a hit in New York, and Bart won Broadway’s Antoinette Perry award (the Tony) for the music and lyrics of ``Oliver!″

Bart followed up with music and lyrics for ``Blitz!″ in 1962 and ``Maggie May″ in 1964, and did the music for ``Lionel″ in 1977.

He also produced two flops: ``Twang!″ in 1965 and ``La Strada″ in 1969.

Gladys Hasty Carroll

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) _ Gladys Hasty Carroll, a writer known for her portrayals of rural life in Maine in the early 20th century, died Sunday. She was 94.

Carroll’s most famous work, the 1933 best-seller ``As the Earth Turns,″ was a Pulitzer Prize nominee that inspired a Hollywood production the following year.

Carroll wrote 21 other works of fiction and nonfiction, including short stories and children’s books.

A native of Rochester, N.H., Carroll spent her childhood and much of her adult life in the farmhouse her grandfather built during the Civil War in Dunnybrook, a tiny hamlet in South Berwick.

Phil Fourney

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Phil Fourney, the president of the West Virginia Press Association Foundation and a longtime newspaper owner, died Saturday of complications from diabetes. He was 69.

Fourney spent more than 33 years as the owner of Star Printing and Publishing Co., which published the Ravenswood News, before selling the company in 1988.

In 1965, he served as president of the state Press Association. In 1975, former Gov. Arch Moore named him a Distinguished West Virginian, and in 1991, he was recognized as the state’s first Premier Journalist, the highest award given by the West Virginia Press Association.

The Joslin Foundation honored him in 1994 for living more than half a century as an insulin-dependent diabetic.

Fourney is survived by his wife, Wilma; one daughter; five sons; two stepdaughters; two stepsons; and two grandchildren.

Jim ``Jug″ Jackson

TAHOLAH, Wash. (AP) _ Jim ``Jug″ Jackson, hereditary chief and longtime leader of the Quinault Indian Nation, was found dead Friday at age 81.

Jackson, a logger, shake mill operator and for more than 20 years the chairman of the Olympic Peninsula tribe, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home, said tribal President Pearl Capoeman-Baller, and Joe DeLaCruz, who followed Jackson as president from 1972 to 1994.

A Democratic Party activist, he and his wife, Mary, were seated among the dignitaries at the 1960 inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, Capoeman-Baller said.

Jackson’s great-grandfather, Chief Taholah, and another ancestor, Chief Kape, were the first two signers of the 1855 Quinault River Treaty with the United States.

The treaty established a 10,000-acre reservation that today covers 211,000 acres of rain forest and rugged coastline about 75 miles north of the mouth of the Columbia River.

A lawsuit over the federal government’s logging practices that Jackson helped organize was settled for $26 million in the early 1990s, DeLaCruz said. The tribe also briefly closed 28 miles of coastline because of litter problems, and still restricts beach access.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; four sons, a daughter, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Wilson Riles

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ Wilson Riles, California’s first black statewide elected official, died Thursday. He was 81.

Riles became state schools superintendent in 1970, serving as California’s leading schools advocate. He had a 12-year tenure before losing election in 1982.

Riles went to work for the state Department of Education in 1958, heading a program to encourage schools to hire minority teachers.

As superintendent, Riles supported school integration but opposed mandatory busing. He also advocated higher testing standards.

Lila Hotz Luce Tyng

GLADSTONE, N.J. (AP) _ Lila Hotz Luce Tyng, the first wife of Time Inc. founder Henry R. Luce and a leader of New York’s social and philanthropic circles, died Wednesday. She was 100.

Born in Chicago in 1899, she met Luce on New Year’s Eve 1919 through Thornton Wilder, one of his Yale classmates. They were married in 1923.

They divorced in 1935, shortly after Luce met the author Claire Boothe, who became his second wife.

Mrs. Tyng and Luce, who died in 1967, had two sons: Henry Luce III, chairman and chief executive of the Henry Luce Foundation in New York, and Peter Paul Luce of Englewood, Colo.

In 1939, she married Sewell Tappan Tyng, a lawyer, author, head of a mining company and assistant to the New York City District Attorney, Thomas E. Dewey. She served on the boards of several institutions and once reported attending 36 balls in 36 weeks.

Besides her two sons, Mrs. Tyng is survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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