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Edward B. Dycus, a retired Municipal Cou

September 20, 1997

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Edward B. Dycus, a retired Municipal Court judge and former newsman who for the past 20 years wrote a column for the Oklahoma County Bar Association, died Wednesday. He was 73.

Dycus became a city judge in 1971, and from 1975 to 1989 served as presiding Municipal Court judge. He retired in 1995.

Before joining the Municipal Court, Dycus worked in private practice and in the Oklahoma City Municipal Counselor’s office.

A newspaperman for 18 years, Dycus was a reporter for The Oklahoma City Times and editor for the Oklahoma City Advertiser and Daily Law Journal-Record.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise; two daughters; a brother and a sister.

Helen Jepson

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ Helen Jepson, a soprano who sang with the Metropolitan Opera and other American companies in the in 1930s and ’40s, died Tuesday. She was 92.

Jepsen was the first lyric soprano to record the female lead in Gershwin’s ``Porgy and Bess″ and sang popular songs with Paul Whiteman, the band leader, on his radio show.

She also acted in several movies, including ``The Goldwyn Follies.″

After making her debut with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company in 1930, Ms. Jepson moved to New York and sang in choruses and as a soloist on several radio programs prior to auditioning for the Metropolitan Opera. She debuted at the Met in 1935.

After retiring in 1947, she became a speech therapist in New Jersey school. She moved to Bradenton in 1976 where she was on the boards of the Sarasota Opera Association and the Bradenton Opera Association.

John C. Liebeskind

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ John C. Liebeskind, a pioneer in pain relief research at the University of California at Los Angeles, died Sept. 8 of cancer. He was 62.

In the early 1970s, Liebeskind was one of the first to conduct research on brain activity and the sensations of pain. In 1993, he published a study in the journal Pain showing that unmanaged pain can suppress the immune system.

He wrote that pain should not be regarded as just a symptom of an underlying disease but can itself affect the spread of cancer.

Liebeskind was president of the American Pain Society and earned its award for distinction in pain research in 1995. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995.

Johan Maasbach

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ The Rev. Johan Maasbach, a renowned Dutch evangelist whose 50 years of preaching on four continents made him a symbol of the Pentecostal movement, died Thursday. He was 78.

Maasbach, an ordained Protestant minister and faith healer, began his ministry immediately after World War II and founded an organization that took him across the globe.

The Johan Maasbach World Mission oversees 15 churches in the Netherlands with a combined following of 10,000 people. It produces gospel programs for local cable television networks.

His approach, modeled after American-style TV evangelists, was unique in the Netherlands, where religion is generally a low-key affair.

In 1995, former employees accused him of fraud and sexual misdeeds with six former female colleagues. Maasbach maintained his innocence, and in 1996, justice officials in The Hague dropped their investigation after concluding there was no evidence to support the claims.

Keith Mackey

MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (AP) _ Keith Mackey, a tenor and actor who sang with Beverly Sills and performed on Broadway with Celeste Holm, died Sept. 12 of a heart attack. He was 78.

The Columbus native sang with Sills in ``Carmen,″ ``Tosca,″ ``The Merry Widow″ and ``Der Fledermaus″ and made his Broadway debut in ``Candida,″ playing the father to Ms. Holm’s Candida.

He also performed in two PBS films _ as Polonius in ``Hamlet″ and in the role of Justice William Paterson in ``Equal Justice,″ about the life of Chief Justice John Marshall.

Mackey also performed in regional theaters and spent four years with the Cleveland Play House as resident actor and eight years with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. He also was active in TV roles and modeling.

Fred McCabe

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) _ Fred McCabe, the 29-year owner and publisher of the Jackson Hole Guide newspaper and a longtime newsman with United Press International, died Thursday. He ws 87.

McCabe worked for UPI for 21 years, beginning in Cleveland in 1936, when it was only as United Press. He became a business representative for the wire service, working in Ohio, Atlanta, Seattle and Dallas.

McCabe was instrumental in creating the first UPI bureau in Wyoming, based in Cheyenne, in 1946.

In 1957, McCabe joined Cheyenne Newspapers Inc., publisher of the Wyoming State Tribune and Wyoming Eagle newspapers, as executive vice president and co-publisher.

McCabe bought the Jackson Hole Guide in 1968 and under his leadership, the newspaper was recognized nationally for excellence in reporting and photography. It has also been named the nation’s best weekly newspaper several times by the National Newspaper Association.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth, daughter Julie Renneisen, son Tom, four stepdaughters, four grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and one great-grandson.

Joan Hanauer McKenna

NEW YORK (AP) _ Joan Hanauer McKenna, a former United Press International reporter and editor whose career spanned almost half a century, died Thursday of cancer. She was 66.

Writing under the name Joan Hanauer, she got her start in the late 1940s as a teen-ager, working as a copy girl for Hearst’s International News Service before being promoted to a reporter and feature writer.

When INS was purchased by United Press International in 1958, she moved to the New York Journal-American and later, the New York World Journal-Tribune.

Ms. Hanauer joined United Press International in 1967 as a feature writer and editor and became UPI’s television columnist in the 1980s. She retired from UPI in 1991, but continued to write freelance stories from her home on Long Island.

She is survived by her daughter, Megan McKenna, and two step-daughters, Barbara Sitton, and Kate McKenna Blevins, an assignment editor for The Associated Press’ broadcast division.

Nguyen Huy Phan

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) _ Dr. Nguyen Huy Phan, one of Vietnam’s top surgeons and a decorated war hero who reconciled his enmity with the United States to lead the Vietnam-USA Society, died Wednesday after a protracted illness. He was 69.

Phan was awarded the Independence Order and the Order for American Resistance War for his conduct during the Vietnam War.

A plastic surgeon who focused on war-related injuries, Phan served as deputy director of Hanoi’s Military Hospital 108 and was the former president of the Hanoi Plastic Surgery Center.

R.G. ``Zack″ Taylor

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ R.G. ``Zack″ Taylor, a former commanding general at Nellis Air Force Base, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. He was 78.

Taylor’s military career began in 1941 when he underwent pilot training and he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a major in 1944.

Among his decorations were the Legion of Honor, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, the Presidential Citation and the Air Force Commendation Ribbon.

After his military career, he spent 20 years with First Western Savings and retired in the early 1990s.

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