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September 10, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lenon Hoyte, an art teacher who shared her dream of a doll museum with Harlem children and collectors from around the world, died Aug. 1. She was 94.

Ms. Hoyte officially opened her collection of dolls in 1974 in a three-story brownstone. The collection of Aunt Len’s Doll and Toy Museum once numbered 6,000.

Among them were a dozen versions of Shirley Temple, Barbie, Betsy Wetsy, presidents and their wives and black dolls, which are now highly sought by collectors because so few were made before the 20th century.

After paying a modest entrance fee that never exceeded $2, visitors would encounter mannequins ranging from the length of a thumb to the height of a small child. The museum remained open until the early 1990s when Ms. Hoyte was no longer able to care for it.

In 1994, 700 of the finest antique dolls were auctioned at Sotheby’s. Thousands more had been sold previously to dealers around the world.

Ms. Hoyte taught art at a Bronx public high school for 41 years.

Jim ``Catfish″ Hunter

HERTFORD, N.C. (AP) _ Hall of Famer Jim ``Catfish″ Hunter died Thursday, one year after learning Lou Gehrig’s disease was the reason he could barely toss a baseball with an arm once famous for pinpoint control. He was 53.

Hunter, baseball’s first big-money free agent, died at home.

As a pitcher with the Oakland Athletics and later the New York Yankees, Hunter won 224 games, produced five straight 20-victory seasons, a perfect game and a Cy Young Award.

Hunter came up with the A’s in 1965 and punctuated the team’s move from Kansas City to Oakland by pitching the seventh perfect game in modern baseball history on May 8, 1968, against the Minnesota Twins.

He signed with the Yankees in 1974 for a landmark $3.75 million, five-year contract. He led the team to its first pennant in 12 seasons and three straight pennants from 1976-78. He retired to Hertford when his contract ended.

Hunter was the second Yankees Hall of Famer to die this year. Joe DiMaggio died March 8 at age 84.

Henry W. Majlinger

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Henry W. Majlinger, a former professional football player who spent 30 years as head baseball coach at Central Connecticut State University, died Wednesday. He was 79.

Majlinger compiled a 351-166 record as a coach from 1949-1978 and was later inducted into the American Association of College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

He also coached the CCSU football team from 1953-1958.

Majlinger played college football at New York University in the 1940s and played briefly for the New York Giants.

Doris Richard Miller

HUGO, Okla. (AP) _ Doris Richard Miller, owner of Carson and Barnes 5-Ring Circus, died Wednesday between shows in McCook, Neb. He was 83.

Miller started the show 62 years ago and built it into one of the nation’s largest tented circus.

He had been traveling with the Hugo-based circus to celebrate an elephant’s first birthday.

Harry B. Robinson

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) _ Harry B. Robinson, who worked more than three decades for The Associated Press, died Saturday at his home. He was 85.

Robinson was born in Cumberland, Md., in 1914, and joined the AP in New York in 1941. He retired in 1979 after 36 years as an assistant communications manager.

John K. Tabor

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Former Pennsylvania Commerce Secretary John K. Tabor, credited with turning around the state’s economy in the 1960s, died Monday from a stroke in Washington D.C. He was 78.

President Richard Nixon appointed Tabor U.S. undersecretary of commerce in 1973.

Tabor worked for the Pittsburgh law firm until moving to Washington 26 years ago. He joined the Washington law firm of Purcell & Nelson and retired in 1990.

Tabor was the son of Pittsburgh attorney Edward O. Tabor, who helped found the former Czechoslovak Republic. After his retirement in 1990, Tabor wrote a biography of his father, who had been decorated by the Czech government.

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