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Obituaries in the News

September 25, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ David Alger, the chief financial officer of a mutual fund company, died in the Sept. 11 collapse of the World Trade Center. He was 57.

None of the 35 employees who worked at Fred Alger Management Inc. on the 93rd floor of the north tower appeared to have escaped.

Alger, a leading proponent of technology stocks, relied on his own analyses of future earnings potential. He once dispatched a group of analysts disguised as graduate students to observe the holiday traffic at Toys ``R″ Us stores.

He took over his brother Frederick Alger’s role in the firm’s operations in 1995, when it managed $3 billion in assets and 82 employees. At Alger’s death, it managed $15 billion and had 220 employees. The company has offices in Jersey City and Morristown, N.J.

Ned Cartledge

ATLANTA (AP) _ Ned Cartledge, a Georgia folk artist whose painted wood carvings often expressed sharp opinions on political and social issues, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on Sept. 21. He was 84.

Some of his carvings are at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in a current exhibit called ``Let it Shine: Self-taught Art from the T. Marshall Hahn Collection.″ Five other pieces are in Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum in an exhibit called ``The Art of War and Peace″ opening Oct. 5.

In one piece, Cartledge depicts the My Lai massacre. In another, called ``Inconsistencies,″ Uncle Sam feeds money to a missile while patting an emaciated child on the head with the words, ``Don’t abort ‘em. Let ’em starve.″

``He really stands out as an artist from the South who was never afraid to speak out about racism,″ said Lynne Spriggs, the museum’s folk art curator.

Joseph Coombs

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) _ Joseph Coombs, who designed Lake Havasu City, died Sunday at his home in Prescott. He was 75.

In 1963, C.V. Wood, the city’s master planner, invited Coombs to review engineering studies by another firm. At the time, Lake Havasu City was largely empty lots and dirt roads.

Coombs determined drainage plans were inadequate and was hired. He worked with Wood, city founder Robert McCulloch and others over subsequent years in determining the city’s layout and infrastructure.

Coombs was responsible for the city’s unique design in which straight streets are virtually absent.

Ralph Hoar

DETROIT (AP) _ Ralph Hoar, who for three decades campaigned for improved safety for automobiles, consumer products and the environment, died Friday of complications from prostate cancer. He was 56.

He founded his product safety research firm, Ralph Hoar and Associates, based in Arlington, Va., in 1989. The company’s primary function is to provide research and exhibits for product liability attorneys.

Hoar in 1996 launched Safetyforum Research and Safetyforum.com to take advantage of the reach of the Internet and to provide an online resource for safety advocates.

Safetyforum.com and Hoar became major resources for plaintiffs’ attorneys in lawsuits against Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.

He became the first registered lobbyist for air bags in 1977, directing the National Committee for Automobile Crash Protection.

Hoar continued to push for improvements to air bags to reduce injuries and deaths to children, pregnant women and small adults.

He began his career in automobile safety in 1969 at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, editing the organization’s Status Report.

Hoar subsequently worked as a consultant to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Highway Administration and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

Thomas Ianelli

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ Thomaz Ianelli, widely considered one of Brazil’s most imaginative and creative contemporary artists, died Monday of a pulmonary embolism while recovering from heart surgery. He was 69.

Ianelli, whose paintings have been exhibited in several countries including France, Italy and the United States, was a watercolorist whose figurative work mostly depicted dreams populated by jugglers, children and flowers.

Maurice Rifkin

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Maurice Rifkin, an Emmy-winning producer who created ``documatics″ that blended fact with fictional story lines, died of cancer Sept. 4. He was 88.

Rifkin, who headed Metromedia Producers Corp. for many years, won an Emmy for ``A Storm in Summer,″ a 1970 documentary written by Rod Serling and shown on NBC’s Hallmark Hall of Fame.

The two men also paired up for other teleplays, including ``Certain Honorable Men.″

Rifkin began syndicating radio programs in the late 1930s such as ``Boston Blackie″ and ``The Guy Lombardo Show.″ He moved to New York a decade later to contribute to the new medium of television.

Rifkin’s first two syndicated TV programs sold were the 5-minute ``Sports Album″ and the 15-minute ``Yesterday’s Newsreel.″ He went on to work on major syndicated series, including ``Cisco Kid,″ ``Mr. District Attorney,″ and ``Sea Hunt.″

He joined Wolper Productions in 1966 and became president shortly before the company changed its name to Metromedia Producers Corp. While there he produced ``The Undersea World of Jacques-Ives Cousteau″ and the ``National Geographic″ series.

He was a multiple winner of the George Foster Peabody Awards for service to broadcasting. He also served on the board of the international council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Lord Shore

LONDON (AP) _ The former Labor Cabinet minister Lord Shore of Stepney died Monday. He was 77.

Lord Shore was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital on July 12 after collapsing in the House of Lords. A hospital spokeswoman said he ``died peacefully″ after a short illness.

As Peter Shore, he held ministerial positions under former Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, heading departments such as Economic Affairs, Trade and Environment, before being made a life peer in 1997, which entitled him to sit in the House of Lords.

In recent years he had been a fierce critic of the European Union, and a passionate campaigner against closer ties with Europe.

``He made a huge contribution towards modernizing the economy of the country and tackling urban deprivation,″ said Prime Minister Tony Blair Monday as he paid tribute to Shore as a ``great servant″ of the Labor Party.

Shawn Walsh

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ University of Maine hockey coach Shawn Walsh, who also coached at Michigan State, died Monday from cancer. He was 46.

Walsh, who was entering his 18th season at Maine, ranked 11th among active coaches and 19th on the overall victory list. He led Maine teams to two national championships and seven Frozen Four appearances.

Walsh coached Maine to its first NCAA Division I championship in 1993 and its second six years later.

Walsh was suspended in 1995 for one season following an investigation into violations of NCAA rules.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Walsh was a 1978 graduate of Bowling Green, where he began to concentrate on coaching. He moved on to Michigan State in 1979, where he helped lead the Spartans to the NCAA semifinals in 1983-84.

He arrived at Maine in 1984, where he coached two Hobey Baker Award winners _ Paul Kariya and Scott Pellerin. His record at Maine was 399-214-44.

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