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Obituaries in the News

March 21, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Historian Charles P. Corn died Saturday in his home of a stroke. He was 63.

After serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam in the early 1960s, Corn entered the East Coast publishing world. He eventually became editor in chief of E.P. Dutton Publishers, working with authors such as Paul Theroux, John Irving, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jorge Luis Borges.

Corn left publishing 1982 and moved to Mexico, where he researched and wrote his first nonfiction book, ``Distant Islands.″

Wendell Geddes Eames

LOGAN, Utah (AP) _ Wendell Geddes Eames, who organized the federal government’s first National Driver Registration Service, died March 10 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 83.

Eames spent 20 years working for the FBI in Washington and later became the first Director of the National Driver Register Service, which he organized and administered under the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In 1965 he was awarded the Commerce Department’s ``Silver Medal″ for his work in establishing and managing the National Driver Register Service, an automated driver records exchange.

Travis M. Hughs

DALLAS (AP) _ Travis M. Hughs, a longtime executive with United Press International, died Monday of complications from a lengthy battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 64.

Hughs was chairman and chief executive officer of Wieck Photo DataBase Inc., a Dallas-based firm he co-founded 10 years ago with president James F. Wieck. The company recently began doing business as Wieck Media Services to reflect its expanded operations.

Hughs began his news career as a reporter in Port Lavaca, Texas, but soon joined the Miami (Okla.) News-Record. He began his UPI career in 1961 as Tulsa bureau manager. In 1966 he transferred to Houston to serve as a regional executive in charge of sales for South Texas.

Hughs was named vice president and manager of UPI’s Southwest Division and moved to Dallas in 1980. He is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters, Mona Hughes of Houston, and Jennifer Hughes of Dallas, two sons, Travis Hughs III of Houston and Anthony Hughs of Houston; and a brother, Joe Hughs, of Houston.

Randall Hylton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Randall Hylton, a bluegrass performer who wrote ``Room at the Top of the Stairs,″ died Monday in St. Thomas Hospital after suffering an aneurysm. He was 55.

Hylton, who played guitar in the fingerpicking style of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, was known for his ability to instantly write songs to fit any occasion. The 6-foot-6-inch performer also told jokes, did impersonations and could do guitar tricks, such as playing a song backward or two songs at once.

Hylton’s songs were performed by more than 150 singers, including Ralph Stanley, Vern Gosdin, Mac Wiseman, Leo Kottke and Lester Flatt.

Gerald Tannebaum

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Gerald Tannebaum, a lecturer on China who was featured in seven Chinese films and was a confidant of Madame Sun Yat-sen, has died at age 84.

Tannebaum died March 9 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

A 1939 graduate of Northwestern University, Tannebaum worked in advertising and radio from 1939-1942 with the Chicago firm of J. Walter Thompson. He also did free-lance work as a radio writer of documentaries.

At the invitation of Madame Sun Yat-sen, Tannebaum became executive director of her China Welfare Institute from 1946-1951. He worked as an adviser to the organization until 1971.

James T. Yee

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ James T. Yee, former executive director of the Independent Television Service, died March 17 at his home in Piedmont after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 53.

Yee served as the executive director of the San Francisco-based ITVS from 1994 to 2000.

ITVS was established in 1991 by Congress to increase the diversity of programming in public television and to address underserved audiences, particularly minorities and children.

Yee was one of the original producers who sought the formation of ITVS, and during his leadership, the organization received many awards.

Before joining ITVS, Yee co-founded the National Asian American Telecommunications Association and served as its executive director from 1981 to 1994. He also served on President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters and was involved in local broadcasting and arts organizations.

He is survived by his wife, two children, brother and two sisters.

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