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November 17, 2001

Andrew McNally III

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Andrew McNally III, credited with leading the mapmaking giant Rand McNally & Co. to the pinnacle of mapmaking and publishing, died Thursday. He was 92.

McNally, whose great-grandfather was a company co-founder, died in his sleep in his Chicago home.

Rand McNally & Co. was founded in 1856 as a printer of guide books and train tickets. The company expanded into mapmaking in 1872, and soon became the world’s leading producer of cartographic materials.

Andrew McNally III was born in Chicago and grew up in Evanston. He graduated from Yale University in 1931 and joined the family business the same year.

Roberta Pryor

NEW YORK (AP) _ Roberta Pryor, a literary agent whose clients included the author of ``Jaws,″ died Monday. She was 77.

Pryor took on best-selling author Peter Benchley when he was 16 years old because his father was a client at the time. Twenty years later, Benchley wrote what he called ``the fish book,″ receiving more than $1 million in subsidiary rights just before it was published in 1974.

Born Roberta Baughman in Claremont, Calif., Pryor graduated from Pomona College and became an agent.

Her other clients included P.D. James, the British mystery writer; Roger Caras, a nature writer; and Cecelia Holland, a historical novelist.

Mitzi Myers

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) _ Mitzi Myers, a college lecturer who was an authority on children’s literature, died Nov 5. She was 62.

Myers died from pneumonia she contracted after a fire that left her disabled with second- and third-degree burns, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Myers was hired by the University of California, Los Angeles, where she spent most of her 20-year career teaching classes in children’s literature and young adult literature. While at UCLA, she wrote more than 75 scholarly articles and book reviews. She also taught writing at several universities and community colleges.

Myers was considered an authority on 18th century and early 19th century female authors, many of whom wrote children’s books.

She amassed a personal library of 35,000 books, many of which were rare. When a fire sped through her Fullerton home in August 2000, she ran into the burning structure attempting to salvage her collection. Most of the books were destroyed, along with manuscripts for two books she was writing and two other volumes she was editing.

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