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September 24, 1998

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)_ Composer William H. Albright, a member of the University of Michigan Music Composition Department, died Sept. 17 after an undisclosed illness. He was 53.

Albright’s keyboard works have been performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States.

Albright earned three degrees in music at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty. He received two Fulbright awards, two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Queen Marie-Jose Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He was composer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome in 1979 and was chosen Composer of the Year for 1993 by the American Guild of Organists.

Daisy Anderson

DENVER (AP) _ Daisy Anderson, one of three surviving widows of veterans of the Civil War, died Saturday. She was 97.

Daisy Graham was born in 1900 and was 21 when she married Robert Ball Anderson, then 79, a former Union soldier. He died in a car accident in 1930.

Mrs. Anderson’s death leaves two surviving Civil War widows, Alberta Martin, 91, of Elba, Ala., and Gertrude Grubb Janeway, 89, of Blaine, Tenn.

Mary Jane Bode

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Former state Rep. Mary Jane Bode, whose career as a journalist spanned 30 years and six Texas cities, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 71.

Ms. Bode was still in high school when she began working for The Galveston County Daily News. She later was a Capitol political reporter and worked for the Long News Service, the Austin American-Statesman, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the Del Rio News-Herald, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News. She retired in 1989.

In 1977, she won the first of two terms in the Legislature as a House member from Austin.

She is survived by two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren.

Dick Edmond

TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) _ Dick Edmond, lifestyle editor of The Advertiser-Tribune, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 59.

Edmond started his career as a reporter and sports editor at the Lexington (Ohio) Herald and the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. He was sports editor from 1977-85 and 1987-89 at The Advertiser-Tribune.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, and three sons.

Frances Foster

DENVER (AP) _ Frances Foster, who wrote an advice column for the lovelorn in the Rocky Mountain News for nearly three decades, died Saturday. She was 87.

The birth of her Molly Mayfield column in 1942, and the conversion of the paper to a smaller, tabloid format at the same time, has been credited with saving the News when its circulation was shrinking.

Mrs. Foster was the wife of Jack C. Foster, editor of the News for 30 years. He retired at the end of 1970 and the Fosters moved to Colorado Springs, ending the column’s run.

Charlie Fox

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Charlie Fox, who wrote the duet ``Mockingbird″ that became a hit twice, once for himself in the 1960s and then again for James Taylor and Carly Simon in the 1970s, died Friday of leukemia. He was 64.

Fox toured the world as a duo with his sister, Inez F. Fletcher, in the 1960s. They made it into the top 10 with ``Mockingbird″ in 1963. Taylor and Simon took the song to No. 1 in 1974.

The Fox duo followed up ``Mockingbird″ with several more hits, including ``Hurt By Love,″ ``I Stand Accused,″ ``No Stranger to Love″ and ``(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days.″

Mary Frann

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Mary Frann, who played Bob Newhart’s television wife on the 1980′s sitcom ``Newhart,″ died Wednesday. She was 55. The cause of death wasn’t known.

Ms. Frann spent eight years playing Joanna Louden on the CBS series ``Newhart.″ Other TV work included the miniseries ``Jackie Collins’ Lucky/Chances″ and films including ``Eight is Enough: A Family Reunion″ and ``The Hitchhiker.″

She also starred in the ABC series ``Kings Crossing″ and played Amanda Peters for four years on NBC’s ``Days of Our Lives.″ On stage, she appeared in ``Story Theater″ and ``Love Letters.″

Ms. Frann was a child model and studied drama at Northwestern University.

She worked as weather reporter for the NBC affiliate in St. Louis and spent four years as a morning show host on ABC’s Chicago affiliate before moving to Los Angeles to begin her acting career.

Chet Hoff

OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) _ Chet ``Red″ Hoff, the oldest living former major league baseball player, died Thursday. He was 107.

Hoff was 2-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 23 games over four years in the majors. He signed with the New York Highlanders, who later became the Yankees, in 1911 and struck out Ty Cobb in his first appearance.

Hoff played in the minors in Rochester in 1914 before returning to the majors with the St. Louis Browns the following year. After a few more years in the minors, he played in semipro leagues on weekends.

Sol Kolack

BOSTON (AP) _ Sol Kolack, former director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League, died Monday of cancer. He was 80.

He was a member of the state Board of Education and was instrumental in developing the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and in obtaining passage of the state’s fair employment practices act.

He was regional director of the Anti-Defamation League from 1947 to 1983.

Henry J. Moore

NEPHI, Utah (AP) _ Henry J. Moore, a U.S. Geological Survey geologist who helped select the landing site for the Mars Pathfinder, died Monday of a heart attack while en route to see relatives in Salt Lake City. He was 70.

Moore began participating in NASA lunar programs in 1960 and was later chosen to help in the exploration of Mars.

He received the Apollo Medallion for his contributions to the lunar rover vehicle studies of 1971 and was awarded NASA’s Public Service Medal for his work on the Mars Pathfinder mission.

Ben Schifman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Ben Schifman, longtime financial journalist and executive at The Kansas City Star, died Tuesday. He was 85.

Schifman spent 47 years at The Star before retiring in 1982. He started as a temporary replacement in 1934 and remained to become a reporter, columnist and editor of The Star and the morning Kansas City Times financial pages.

He started a local business column in The Star in 1936 and was named financial editor in 1954.

Schifman was also involved in the business side of the newspaper, becoming treasurer and chief financial officer of the then-employee-owned company in 1968. He was named a director of the company that year. He also negotiated the sale of the newspaper in 1977.

He is survived by two sons, a daughter, two brothers and seven grandchildren.

Estill Sowards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Estill Sowards, co-manager of country music singer John Michael Montgomery, died Tuesday after heart bypass surgery. He was 59.

Sowards discovered Montgomery singing at a hotel in Lexington, Ky., about 10 years ago and got him a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

He also was co-manager of the country group Ricochet and had been co-manager of country singer Doug Stone.

J. Kent Trinkle

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Dr. J. Kent Trinkle, who created the organ transplantation program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 64.

Trinkle performed San Antonio’s first heart transplant in 1986 and helped pioneer lung transplantation in the United States. Since 1986, doctors at the health science center have performed more than 250 heart and lung transplants.

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