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Obituaries in the News

June 26, 2002

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I.W. Burnham

NEW YORK (AP) _ I.W. ``Tubby″ Burnham, founder of the investment firm Burnham Financial Group, died Monday. He was 93.

Burnham began his career on Wall Street in 1931, when he joined Burnham, Herman and Co. He became partner in 1933 and resigned two years later to form Burnham and Co.

In addition to his work on Wall Street, Burnham served as vice president of the Securities Industry Association and was an emeritus trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1931.

In World War II, Burnham served as a pilot and base commander in the Civil Air Patrol and received the U.S. Air Medal and Distinguished Civilian Service Award Medal.

David J. DeMartini

FALL CITY, Wash. (AP) _ David J. DeMartini, an expert in rebuilding and restoring vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles, died June 18 at age 52.

DeMartini died of unknown causes. Friends said they were awaiting the results of an autopsy but believe he may have died of a heart problem.

He owned 10 Harleys dating from 1928 to 1969, all in pristine running condition, and was widely sought by Harley enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwestern states and western Canada for unusual parts and difficult installations and restorations.

Derrek Dickey

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Derrek Dickey, who won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors and worked as a broadcaster for the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls, died Tuesday at home. He was 51.

``They think it was probably a heart attack, but they don’t know,″ said his wife, Sally Simonds.

Since suffering a near-fatal stroke on Nov. 4, 1997, in Chicago, Dickey had very limited use of his left side. After that, he helped the American Heart Association launch a program called ``Saving Strokes″ that used golf to help stroke victims in their recovery.

Dickey, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, played five seasons in the NBA, helping Golden State sweep the Washington Bullets for the league championship in 1975.

Dickey set a Finals record that still stands by shooting 73.9 percent from the field, making 17-of-23 field goal attempts. He ended his playing career with the Bulls in 1977-78.

After doing broadcast work for the University of Cincinnati, Dickey spent three seasons as the Kings’ color commentator. He also worked for CBS, ESPN, Jefferson Pilot and Raycom. Dickey’s last job was as a radio analyst for the Bulls.

Robert Dorfman

BELMONT, Mass. (AP) _ Robert Dorfman, a Harvard economist who did pioneering research in linear programming and environmental economics, died Monday at his home after a long illness. He was 85.

Known to colleagues for his elegant writing, Dorfman’s contributions to the field of economics included his work in linear programming, a method of describing production.

Collaborator Robert M. Solow said a 1943 Dorfman paper, ``The Detection of Defective Members of Large Populations,″ remains a benchmark in the profession.

Dorfman also did work in environmental economics, especially regarding natural resources in the Middle East. Later in his career, Dorfman turned his attention to economic history, focusing on the theory of capital and its antecedents.

Dorfman studied at Columbia College and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught economics at Berkeley until 1955, when he moved to Harvard. He retired in 1987.

A statistician for the federal government from 1939 to 1943, Dorfman also served during World War II as an operations analyst for the U.S. Army Air Force.

Elizabeth Douvan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Elizabeth Douvan, who helped establish one of the nation’s first women’s studies programs at the University of Michigan, has died at her home. She was 76 when she died of congestive heart failure on June 15.

Douvan was a professor of psychology and a senior research scientist at the university’s Institute for Social Research.

Douvan founded the women’s studies program in the early 1970s and directed the Family and Sex Role Program at the institute. She was both a strong advocate of women’s rights and a proponent of family values, seeing no conflict in the two concepts.

She was a fellow of the American Psychological Association and founding president of its division on the psychology of women. She was also an emerita professor of the Fielding Graduate Institute, a California program for mid-career professionals.

Douvan was born in South Bend, Ind. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Vassar College and a doctorate in social psychology at Michigan.

Tom Fitzpatrick

PHOENIX (AP) _ Tom Fitzpatrick, a former newspaper reporter and columnist who won the Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage in 1970, died Tuesday of lung cancer. He was 75.

Fitzpatrick was born in New York and worked at newspapers in Ohio before moving to Chicago and jobs at the Tribune, Daily News and Sun-Times newspapers.

He moved to Arizona in 1979, working for The Arizona Republic and the New Times. He retired about five years ago.

In 1970, Fitzpatrick won the Pulitzer for ``A Wild Night’s Ride with SDS″ a story he wrote on deadline after running through the streets of Chicago to cover radical students on a violent rampage.

Fitzpatrick is survived by his wife, three children and one grandchild.

Henry J. Latham

NEW YORK (AP) _ Henry J. Latham, a former congressman from Queens who became a state judge, died Wednesday in Southold, N.Y. He was 93.

Latham, a one-time state assemblyman, was elected to Congress in 1944 in abstentia while he was serving in the Navy during World War II.

A Republican known for his strong anticommunist views, Latham voted to increase military spending and provide troops to Taiwan, known then as Formosa.

In 1959 he joined the bench, serving as a State Supreme Court Justice and in the Appellate division.

Slick Lawson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Slick Lawson, a photographer who shot album covers for Willie Nelson, George Strait, George Jones and other stars, died Saturday. He was 65.

He had been in declining health in recent years because of emphysema and heart problems.

Lawson, born Wilbur E. Lawson, took photographs for People, Time and Life magazines, many of them of country music artists.

He also was a bass player (for Boots Randolph), writer, hot air balloonist, motorcycle enthusiast, airplane pilot and outdoorsman.

Among Lawson’s album covers was ``Phases and Stages″ by Nelson, a Christmas album by Strait and a Tammy Wynette anthology.

Ralph Meeker

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ Ralph Meeker, who went from teenage hot dog vendor to owner and operator of the longest continually running carnival company in the Pacific Northwest, died Friday. He was 88.

Meeker was known for his spotless shoes, white pants, loud ties, wide grin and a booming voice.

In 1979, Meeker’s carnival was in Boise, Idaho, to be filmed for the Clint Eastwood movie, ``Bronco Billy.″

During World War II, with the economy at full throttle, Meeker had paid $4,000 for a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, Octopus ride, food stand and two kiddie rides.

Meeker Shows grew to include two dozen rides and became a fixture at hundreds of fairgrounds, parking lots and community celebrations throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and much of western Canada.

Samuel Rabinove

NEW YORK (AP) _ Samuel Rabinove, chief lawyer for the American Jewish Committee for more than 30 years, died June 9 in White Plains. He was 79.

Rabinove was a foremost advocate for the separation of church and state, believing that any confluence of the two was harmful to minorities.

He often teamed with lawyers with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Council of Churches of Christ in cases argued before state and federal courts.

Topics included civil rights, school prayer, the rights of Sabbath observers and the public display of religious symbols.

Born in the Bronx, Rabinove was a Navy officer in World War II before going to law school at Columbia University. He worked with the committee from 1966 until 1997.

Georgia Ridder

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Georgia Ridder, a thoroughbred horse owner and the widow of newspaper publisher B.J. ``Ben″ Ridder, died June 14. She was 87.

The couple began racing thoroughbreds in the late 1950s. Their biggest win came in 1996, when Alphabet Soup, a longshot gray colt, beat Cigar, the reigning horse of the year, in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in Toronto.

The Ridders moved from Long Island, N.Y., to California in 1955 when B.J. Ridder became publisher of the Pasadena Independent & Star News, the predecessor of today’s Pasadena Star-News.

He was the grandson of Herman H. Ridder, founder of Ridder Publications, which owned newspapers throughout the country.

In 1974, Ridder Publications merged with Knight Newspapers and became what is now known as Knight Ridder.

Ridder was born Georgia Buck in Baltimore.

Ridder is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.

Homaira Shah

ROME (AP) _ Homaira Shah, the former queen of Afghanistan and wife of ex-monarch Mohammad Zaher Shah, died Wednesday in Rome. She was 84.

Shah suffered a heart attack after having been hospitalized earlier this week with a fever, said her granddaughter, Homaira Wali.

Homaira Shah, who had lived with her husband in Rome since he was ousted from power in 1973, didn’t follow the king on his historic return to Afghanistan in April because of her deteriorating health. Although she had planned to return, Wali said.

Zaher Shah returned to convene a traditional tribal assembly, or loya jirga, which ended earlier this month. The meeting selected interim leader Hamid Karzai to run the country until elections.

Zaher Shah and his family moved to Rome following a 1973 coup by his cousin that ended his 40-year reign.

He and his family lived in a comfortable home in a gated community outside Rome, surrounded by relatives and a small core of advisers.

During his rule, Zaher Shah was credited with helping to modernize Afghanistan with the creation of a constitutional monarchy and reforms that gave women the right to vote, work and receive an education.

Many Afghans had looked to the ex-royal family’s return as a symbolic end to the two decades of war that plagued Afghanistan following Zaher Shah’s ouster.

Harold M. Visotsky

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) _ Dr. Harold M. Visotsky, a psychiatrist who was an advocate for care of the mentally ill, has died. He was 78.

Visotsky, a former director of the Illinois Mental Health Department, died June 16. The cause was bone marrow cancer, his wife, Gladys Visotsky, said.

``He was the conscience of Illinois during the 60′s,″ said Dr. Norris Hansell, a former psychiatry professor at Northwestern University.

Hansell said Visotsky pushed to create psychiatric units in local hospitals and outpatient mental health clinics to treat people in their communities instead of state hospitals.

Visotsky later became chairman of the psychiatry department at Northwestern University.

In the 1980s, Visotsky criticized the Soviet Union for putting mentally healthy people into hospitals because of their political and religious beliefs.

Born in Chicago, Visotsky served in World War II and was in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, his wife said.

Josef Weidinger

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Josef Weidinger, a former European boxing champion who won 31 of 46 professional fights, died Wednesday after a long unspecified illness, the Austria Press Agency reported. He was 79.

Weidinger, known by his nickname Joschi, won a 15-round decision over Stephan Olek for the European heavyweight crown in 1950.

He started his professional career in 1945. Three years later, his fine record prompted ex-champion Jack Dempsey to bring Weidinger to the United States, where he won four of eight fights.

The Austrian returned to Vienna in late 1949.

Weidinger, who lost his European championship title to Britain’s John Gardner in 1951, was forced to stop his career in November of that year because of a serious eye injury.

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