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Obituaries in the News

January 30, 1999

TURON, Kan. (AP) _ Jane Bauman, who wrote the weekly ``Farm and Fancy″ column for The Hutchinson News for the past 40 years, died Wednesday at 78.

Ms. Bauman began her writing career in the 1950s with the Pratt Tribune and the Hutchinson Record. She started her weekly column for The Hutchinson News in 1959, typing all of her columns on a typewriter and mailing them to the newspaper from her home. Her last column appeared Jan. 17, 1999.

Bauman, a longtime member of the Kansas and National Press Women’s Associations, won numerous awards and recognition for her column.

She is survived by two sons.

Robert L. Duncan

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Author Robert L. Duncan, who wrote ``Brimstone,″ ``Firestorm″ and ``Dragons at the Gate,″ died Thursday of pneumonia. He was 71.

Duncan wrote documentaries, television scripts, a screenplay and more than two dozen novels during his 50-year career.

He and his wife, Wanda, wrote scripts for shows such as ``Dr. Kildare,″ ``Bonanza,″ and ``Have Gun Will Travel.″

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 1981.

Sara Wells Jones

SEATTLE (AP) _ Sara Wells Jones, founder of the Seattle Religious Art Society and mother of musician and record producer Quincy Jones, died Jan. 22 of a stroke. She was 94.

Mrs. Jones became a founding board member of the Federal Savings and Loan Corp., a black-owned bank, in Chicago in the 1930s. She managed the 433-unit Rosenwald Housing Complex.

She moved to Seattle in 1943 and founded the society to sponsor concerts and educational opportunities for children. On one occasion she typed the entire New Testament as a gift to her children.

Philip Mason

LONDON (AP) _ Philip Mason, a former British civil servant in India who wrote a history of the country under British rule, died Monday at age 92.

Mason was first posted to India by the British government in 1928. He served in numerous civil service positions until his retirement in 1947.

His two-volume work, ``The Men Who Ruled India,″ in 1953-54, first published under the pen name Philip Woodruff, distinguished him as a leading British-Indian historian. He published many other books, fiction and nonfiction, including an autobiography in 1978.

Mason’s later books included ``A Matter of Honor,″ in 1974, a much-applauded history of the Indian Army, and a biography of Rudyard Kipling in 1975. In 1985, he produced a condensed version of ``The Founders″ and ``The Guardians,″ the two volumes that made up ``The Men Who Ruled India.″

Frank J. Nevers

DETROIT (AP) _ Frank J. Nevers, a former Associated Press photographer and photo editor for more than three decades, died Tuesday of heart failure while undergoing aneurysm surgery. He was 87.

Nevers began his AP career in Boston in 1934 and became a photo editor in 1943. He transferred in 1945 to Detroit as photo editor and worked there for 24 years before retiring in 1969.

Nevers covered presidential races and several World Series. His coverage of Detroit’s 1967 riots produced photographs transmitted worldwide.

When he retired, Nevers moved to Vero Beach, Fla., ran an ice cream business for seven years, retired again and spent six years with a citrus-shipping firm’s sales department.

He is survived by a two sons, three daughters, and eight grandchildren.

Bob Scriver

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) _ Bob Scriver, a widely known western artist whose themes feature wildlife, rodeo and Indians, died Friday of heart problems. He was 84.

Scriver, whose work is on display nationwide, sculpted more than 1,000 bronzes. Some of his work is on display at the Charlie Russell Museum and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls.

Scriver sculpted the bronze statue of William F. ``Buffalo Bill″ Cody in Cody, Wyo., and the heroic statue of all-around rodeo cowboy champion Walt Linderman at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

The Scriver Museum, established in 1956, contains some of his taxidermy specimens of native wildlife. The Hall of Bronze houses some of his bronze creations.

Fred Thomas

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Fred Thomas, a longtime Omaha World-Herald reporter known for his coverage of environmental issues, died Friday of pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

Thomas retired from full-time work in 1995 but continued to write his ``Your Environment″ column, which had debuted in 1972, for two more years.

Thomas worked briefly at the Marion (Ohio) Star, and then moved to Omaha in 1955 to work as a sports writer. After spending 1957 as news editor of the Anamosa (Iowa) Journal and Eureka, he returned to the World-Herald.

Over the next four decades, Thomas covered topics ranging from education to the Black Panthers to drugs, and was credited with opening the World-Herald’s newsroom to women.

Survivors include four children.

Raymond E. Watson Jr.

TRENTON, Texas (AP) _ Actor Raymond E. ``Woody″ Watson Jr., who appeared in dozens of films and television movies and was the voice of Texas Lottery commercials, died Wednesday in a tractor accident. He was 50.

Investigators said Watson died after he was run over by a rear wheel of his tractor. The accident happened on his farm, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.

Watson appeared in about 20 films, including ``Evening Star,″ ``Powder,″ ``A Perfect World″ and ``Backroads.″

He also appeared in more than two dozen television series and movies, including ``Walker, Texas Ranger,″ ``Texas,″ and ``Dallas.″

Fred D. West Jr.

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ Fred D. West Jr., editor and publisher emeritus of the Press and Banner, died Friday of cancer. He was 77.

West, who headed the weekly newspaper for more than 30 years, ``had a very analytical mind and would write editorials that would make you stop and think,″ said Ron Bunch, executive director of the Abbeville County Development Board.

A native of Brooks, Ga., West attended The Citadel for two years before getting an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He served during World War II as a cryptographer.

West helped found several local institutions, including Piedmont Technical College and the Upper Savannah Council of Governments.

West is survived by his wife, Nell; a daughter; three sons and seven grandchildren.

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