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Obituaries in the News

August 25, 1999

SEATTLE (AP) _ Guy Durosier, a Haitian singer and composer whom Edith Piaf once called ``the living breath of Haiti,″ died Thursday of complications from lung cancer. He was 68.

Like most Haitian musicians, Durosier had an eclectic style that included big band sounds and Cuban music of the ’50s. His hits included ``Her name is Michaelle″ and ``My Brunette.″

Durosier, who also played the saxophone and the organ, settled in Paris in the 1960s where he performed regularly at the jazz club Mars. He then lived in Asia and Canada before moving to the United States 10 years ago.

Constantine Nicandros

HOUSTON (AP) _ Former Conoco chairman Constantine ``Dino″ Nicandros, a prominent patron of the arts in Houston, died of cancer Monday. He was 66.

Nicandros ran CSN and Co., a private investment firm, after leaving Conoco in 1995.

Nicandros served on the boards of the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet Foundation and the Museum of Fine Arts. He was a former chairman of the symphony and the opera.

He also served on the boards of Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston and the Greater Houston Partnership.

He joined Conoco in 1957 in Houston as a planning researcher and rose to executive vice president for worldwide supply and distribution. Conoco merged with DuPont in 1981.

Nicandros was president and chief executive officer of Conoco from 1987 through 1995 and was chairman of the board until 1996.

Aldine McCrary Pickard

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ Longtime state lawmaker Aldine McCrary ``Mac″ Pickard, who served 24 years in the Georgia House of Representative, died Sunday. He was 89.

Between 1948 and 1972, Pickard served 14 terms in the House under six governors, running unopposed during most of his campaigns. He chaired the House Industrial Committee, and served on the House Appropriations, Interstate Cooperation and Industrial Relations committees.

Upon announcing his retirement from the House, Pickard said he wanted to be remembered for two bills _ one that resulted in a statewide ban on fireworks and a second introduced in the 1960s that established a state law on shoplifting.

Thomas Pope II

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) _ Former House Speaker Thomas Pope II died Monday. He was 86.

Pope was first elected to the House in the 1930s and served as speaker from 1949-50. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1950 and served as a judge from 1955-56.

He also wrote the two-volume ``History of Newberry County″ and was a former director of the State-Record Co., publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia.

Martha Rountree

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Martha Rountree, co-creator and first moderator of the NBC News program ``Meet the Press,″ died Monday. She was 87.

In addition to co-producing ``Meet the Press,″ Ms. Rountree also was the only woman moderator in the show’s 52-year history. She also produced other television shows, including ``Keep Posted,″ ``Washington Exclusive″ and ``Capitol Close Up.″

In 1945, she joined Lawrence Spivak in introducing ``Meet the Press″ as a radio show, and two years later the program aired on television for the first time. She went on the lecture circuit in 1953 when she sold her share of the show to Spivak after a coin toss.

Ms. Rountree was a reporter for The Tampa Tribune but moved to New York in 1938, where she worked as an editor and freelance journalist. She joined NBC seven years later.

In 1965, the award-winning journalist founded Leadership, a nonprofit political research organization, and was its president until 1988.

Her husband, advertising executive Oliver M. Presbrey, died in 1988.

She is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

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