R. Geddie Herring
R. Geddie Herring
Feb. 02, 1996
ROSEBORO, N.C. (AP) _ R. Geddie Herring, a Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery at Iwo Jima, died Wednesday of lung cancer. He was 74.
Herring was wounded during the famous World War II offensive but rallied his landing craft crew under Japanese fire to help injured shipmates and steer the vehicle to shore.
After the war, Herring returned to his hometown of Roseboro, where he became involved in several business ventures, served as mayor in 1948-49 and was a Sampson County board of education member from 1952-62.
This month, Gov. Jim Hunt honored Herring with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state's highest award for public service.
PARIS (AP) _ Burne Hogarth, the American illustrator whose ``Tarzan of the Apes'' strips revolutionized the way adventure comics are drawn, died Sunday. He was 84.
Hogarth died after attending the 23rd International Comic Strip Festival in Angouleme in west-central France, where he had received a standing ovation as a guest of honor.
Hogarth began his career in 1926 as an illustrative assistant for a series of drawings in the book, ``Famous Churches of the World.'' Then he illustrated a Charles Driscoll story about pirates.
In 1937, United Features Syndicate asked Hogarth to succeed Harold Foster as the Tarzan illustrator. He also created other characters such as Drago and later Miracle Jones.
He illustrated Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of books about Tarzan, ``Lord of the Jungle,'' from 1937 to 1950.
He also published ``Tarzan Lord of the Apes'' and ``Jungle Tales of Tarzan,'' in the 1970s.
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Rhoda Fenster Daum Kenner, a radio talk show host for WLAD and WREF, died Tuesday of a heart attack. She was 66.
She began her talk show on WLAD in 1978 and hosted ``Dialogue 80,'' for 10 years. In 1994, she made her debut on WREF-AM and WQQQ-FM radio with the ``Rhoda Daum Show.''
She is survived by her husband, three children and eight stepchildren.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Rebecca LaBrecque, a pianist who favored new music and innovative ways of using the keyboard, died Sunday of a brain tumor at 45.
LaBrecque frequently performed contemporary works in New York's concert halls, both as a soloist and chamber player.
In addition to reviving many neglected works of this century, LaBrecque commissioned more than 60 pieces, including the Roger Sessions Piano Concerto. It had been performed only twice since Sessions composed it in 1958.
She also commissioned special works for the 1986 Merkin Concert Hall performance.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Rita Lynn, an actress who helped develop the use of theater as therapy for psychiatric patients, died of cancer Jan 21. She was 74.
Starting in the 1950s, she appeared on a variety of TV shows, including ``Omnibus,'' ``Playhouse 90,'' ``The Phil Silvers Show,'' ``Maverick,'' ``Perry Mason'' and ``The Streets of San Francisco.''
She also had recurring roles on the soap operas ``Search for Tomorrow'' and General Hospital'' and provided the voice of countless characters in radio dramas early in her career.
Lynn proposed using theater as therapy while working as a volunteer nurse's aide at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1950s.
The institute approved the idea and Lynn spent five years producing and directing one-act plays with its patients. She later helped other hospitals develop similar programs.
LONDON (AP) _ Terence Reese, one of the finest players in the history of bridge who wrote or co-authored 83 books on the game, died Wednesday at 82.
Reese and his partner, Boris Schapiro, were the anchor pair in the British teams that won the European Championships in 1948, 1949, 1954 and 1963. In 1955, they won the Bermuda Bowl Championship, the world's top event.
Reese was named World Pair Champion in 1961 and 1962. He won the Gold Cup _ Britain's senior challenge _ eight times and the Master Pairs seven times.
In 1965, he and Schapiro, now bridge correspondent for The Sunday Times of London, were accused of using illegal finger signals in their bidding at the Bermuda Bowl Championship. They insisted they were innocent.
Reese's books include ``Reese on Bridge'' and ``The Expert Game.''
Reese was bridge correspondent for The Observer since 1950 and for 12 years hosted a BBC radio bridge program, ``Bridge on the Air.''
NAPA, Calif. (AP) _ Eugene Trefethen Jr., who oversaw the building of the Hoover Dam and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and owned a world-class winery estate, died Wednesday. He was 86.
Trefethen began his career in 1926 as a laborer with the Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. He eventually rose to president and vice chairman of Kaiser Industries Corp. He retired in 1979.
In five decades with the company, he worked closely with Henry J. Kaiser on the Hoover Dam and the Bay Bridge. He also helped create the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
His son, John Vance Trefethen, established the Trefethen Winery on his father's estate in 1973. The winery now produces 100,000 cases of vintage-dated wines. It won the Best Chardonnay In The World award in the Gault-Millau World Win Olympics in 1979.
A philanthropist, Trefethen gave generously of his time and money to several universities and organizations.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Bob Thiele, a producer and record company owner who wrote ``What a Wonderful World'' for Louis Armstrong and recorded Buddy Holly, Jack Kerouac and John Coltrane, died Tuesday of kidney failure. He was 73.
In the 1950s, Thiele took over Coral Records and recorded Holly and the Crickets, Buddy Hackett, Eydie Gorme, Steve Lawrence and others.
At Dot Records he recorded Pat Boone, the Mills Brothers and an album of Jack Kerouac reading his poems.
Thiele took over the Impulse jazz label in 1961 and made albums with Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Charles Mingus and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra.
Thiele also recorded saxophonist John Coltrane's albums, ``A Love Supreme,'' ``Ballads'' and ``Crescent'' on the Impulse label.
After leaving Impulse in 1969, Thiele started another company, Flying Dutchman, and recorded Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Oliver Nelson.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) _ Jamie Uys, who wrote, produced and directed the film hit, ``The Gods Must Be Crazy,'' died of a heart attack Monday. He was 74.
One of South Africa's most influential filmmakers, his biggest success was the 1981 film, which depicted a South African Bushman's odyssey through the modern world to return a soda bottle dropped from an airplane.
His other films included ``The Gods Must Be Crazy II,'' ``The Hellions,'' ``After You, Comrade'' and ``Animals Are Beautiful People.''