Phillip A. Allen
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Phillip A. Allen, a former broadcaster and commentator who was the voice of the National Farmers Organization, died Dec. 13. He was 80.
From 1952 to 1958, he broadcast ``Here’s Allen,″ sponsored by the United Packinghouse Workers of America. The Packinghouse Worker magazine credited his commentaries with prodding the Omaha City Council to write an anti-discrimination clause into the local bus company contract.
He later produced radio commentaries and farm news for the NFO. He also did commentaries on classical music and opera.
Allen began his broadcast career at Radio KOIL in 1937. He also worked at Omaha station KOAD and bounced from station to station in the Midwest before serving in World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline; three sons and nine grandchildren.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ U.S. District Court Judge Franklin Dupree, who presided over some of North Carolina’s most high-profile cases, died Sunday of cancer. He was 82.
Dupree, appointed by President Nixon in 1970, presided over the trial of Jeffrey MacDonald, the Green Beret doctor convicted of killing his wife and two children at Fort Bragg in the 1970s.
He also presided over the trial of white supremacist Jack Jackson, accused of killing three men at an adult bookstore in Shelby, and a 1988 case involving prisoners’ access to law libraries and legal services.
Lila Clark Knapp
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Lila Clark Knapp, whose publishing company’s career-guidance examinations are used in schools across the nation, died of cancer Sunday. She was 63.
Mrs. Knapp and her husband, Robert, established Educational and Industrial Testing Services, or EdITS, in San Diego 33 years ago. They also helped found the Deer Park Winery north of Escondido in 1980.
The Knapps devised their career-guidance testing program in the early 1960s. By the 1970s, it was one of the most widely used assessment exams for career planning.
POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ Former Democratic state Rep. Sam Morris, an advocate for agriculture and open-space initiatives, died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 77.
Morris served 18 years in the state House of Representatives and was the third Democrat since the Civil War to represent a northern Chester County district that is overwhelmingly Republican.
Morris sponsored bills that lowered the assessment on agricultural and forested lands, provided a tax break to farmers and provided money to preserve farmland by providing money to buy agricultural easements.
In 1967, he founded the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust to preserve open space and historic sites.
Morris won office in 1970, defeating the Republican incumbent to represent the 155th district. He lost his seat in 1978 but regained it in 1980 and held it until 1990 when he was defeated by 10 votes.
Hugh Hollingsworth Smith
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Dr. Hugh Hollingsworth Smith, a virologist who helped develop the yellow fever vaccine, died Monday at age 93.
Smith, who devoted more than two decades of his professional life to fighting yellow fever and tuberculosis, was part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s research team headed by Dr. Max Theiler which in 1937 developed a vaccine against yellow fever.
In 1951, Theiler received a Nobel Prize for the work and said Smith should have shared in the prize.
Smith taught at the University of Arizona for 10 years and served 14 years on the Pima County Board of Health.
Smith’s memoir, ``Life’s a Pleasant Institution: the Peregrinations of a Rockefeller Doctor,″ was published in 1978.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ross Thomas, the Edgar Award-winning author of ``The Cold War Swap,″ ``Briarpatch″ and 23 other novels, died of cancer Monday. He was 69.
Thomas was a novelist of Washington intrigue who filled his stories with confidence men and sophisticated schemes. ``The Cold War Swap,″ published in 1966, won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allen Poe Award for best first novel. ``Briarpatch,″ published in 1984, won the Edgar for best novel.
Thomas also wrote screenplays including the recent ``Bad Company,″ starring Laurence Fishburne and Ellen Barkin.
Thomas was a reporter for the Daily Oklahoman from 1943-44 and served in the Army in the Philippines from 1944-46. He worked in public relations and as a foreign correspondent before his first novel was published.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie.