Khaled Bagdash, the first communist elected to parliament in Syria and the
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) _ Khaled Bagdash, the first communist elected to parliament in Syria and the Communist Party leader for 50 years, died Monday at 83.
Bagdash, the party leader from 1937 to 1987, was elected to parliament in 1954, raising fears among Arab nationalists of growing Soviet influence in Syria. It was one of the factors that led to Syria’s short-lived merger in 1958 with Egypt under pan-Arabist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Bagdash’s party was kept out of mainstream politics until the late 1970s, when President Hafez Assad brought Syria into closer contact with Moscow.
However, Bagdash failed in the late 1980s to respond to the changes sweeping communist Europe, leading his party to split. Bagdash was left in charge of a small rump faction.
Frances L. Frazier
SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Frances L. Frazier, co-publisher of the Shelbyville Daily Union, died Tuesday at 64.
The cause of death was not released.
During Frazier’s tenure with the Daily Union, the paper merged or bought out two other Shelbyville papers. She also converted the Daily Union from hot-metal publication to computerized typesetting and printing.
She is survived by a brother, George.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Jon Hinson, the conservative Mississippi congressman whose promising political career was cut short by a morals charge, died Friday of respiratory failure resulting from AIDS. He was 53.
After leaving politics, Hinson became active in gay rights issues.
He rose from relative obscurity to win Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District seat in 1978 as a conservative Republican. He won a second term, but resigned in 1981 after being arrested in a men’s restroom on an oral sodomy charge. He was taken into custody along with a male Library of Congress employee.
Hinson had won the second term despite his revelation that in 1976, while an aide to then-Rep. Thad Cochran, he was arrested on a charge of committing an obscene act. He also disclosed that he survived a 1977 fire that killed nine people at the Cinema Follies, a Washington theater that catered to a gay clientele.
After resigning, he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality and became active in the gay-rights movement. He helped organize the lobbying group ``Virginians for Justice″ and fought against the ban on gays in the military. He also was a founding member of the Fairfax Lesbian and Gay Citizens Association in Fairfax County, Va.
Francis Moffett Hipp
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ Francis Moffett Hipp, for 34 years the chairman of Liberty Corp., one of South Carolina’s largest insurance companies, died Monday. He was 84.
Hipp headed Liberty, which was founded by his father, Frank, from 1943 to 1977. He headed the executive committee of Cosmos Broadcasting Corp., Liberty’s broadcasting unit, beginning in 1981. Liberty now has $2.7 billion in assets.
HAMMOND, La. (AP) _ Charlie Rich, a balladeer who topped the country music charts with the songs ``Behind Closed Doors″ and ``The Most Beautiful Girl,″ died Tuesday of a blood clot in the lungs. He was 62.
Rich died at a motel, where he and his wife, Margaret, had stopped for the night during a trip to Florida.
His career peaked in 1973 when ``The Most Beautiful Girl″ topped both the country and pop charts, and the top country hit ``Behind Closed Doors″ went to No. 15 on the pop chart. The next year he was honored as the Country Music Association’s entertainer of the year.
``Behind Closed Doors″ and ``A Very Special Love Song″ were chosen albums of the year in 1973 and 1974, respectively. Rich’s last song on the charts was ``You Made It Beautiful″ in 1981. His last No. 1 single was ``On My Knees,″ a duet with Janie Fricke in 1978.
Rich joined Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn., in 1958 as a session pianist and songwriter. He wrote songs, arranged music and played piano for Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and others, making a name in rockabilly.
Rich’s first hit song was ``Lonely Weekends″ in 1959. His hit, ``I Take It On Home″ was nominated for a Grammy in 1972. His other hits included ``Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High)″ and ``I Love My Friend.″ He had a highly regarded gospel album in 1974, ``Silver Linings.″
He wrote the score for the films ``Benji″ and ``For the Love of Benji″ and had a cameo role in the Clint Eastwood movie, ``Every Which Way but Loose.″ He also had a bit part in the film ``Take This Job and Shove It.″
LONDON (AP) _ George Rodger, who photographed World War II for Life magazine and was a founder of the Magnum photo agency, died Monday at 87.
Rodger began working as a portrait photographer for ``The Listener,″ a BBC magazine, in 1936.
In 1939 he began freelancing for the Black Star agency. His pictures of the German blitz led to a job offer from Life magazine in 1940.
In 1947, Rodger joined Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Vandivert and David Szymin to establish Magnum. They divided up the world, with Rodger responsible for the Middle East and Africa.
In 1949 he encountered the Nuba people in the Kordofan province in southern Sudan. He captured one of his most famous images: a powerful, dust-covered Nuba wrestler riding on the shoulders of another wrestler.
The pictures were published in National Geographic in 1952.
Rodger is survived by his wife, Lois, and their three children.
Berta Vogel Scharrer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Dr. Berta Vogel Scharrer, a pioneer in the field of neuroendocrinology and founding faculty member of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, died Sunday. She was 88.
Scharrer studied the interaction between the nervous and the endoctrine systems, studying insects for more than 50 years to find a link between them.
Scharrer began her work in Germany in the 1920s, developing the concept of neurosecretions, or secretions from nerve cells _ a concept that defined neuroendocrinology. She fled the country in 1937 because of Hitler’s rise.
In New York, she was a founding faculty member of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in 1955. She also was distinguished professor emeritus of anatomy and structural biology, and of neuroscience at Albert Einstein.
Scharrer was awarded the National Medal of Science at a 1985 White House ceremony.
Richard B. Silva
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Richard B. Silva, a columnist for The Albuquerque Tribune and a public information spokesman for Bernalillo County government, died Monday of a heart aneurysm. He was 43.
His monthly columns on The Tribune’s editorial page had analyzed issues from a Hispanic perspective since 1989.
Silva served as executive director of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce from 1979 to 1982.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, and two children, Erika and Justin.