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Obituaries in the News

May 27, 2000

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) _ Ted Drake, the artist and illustrator who created Notre Dame’s trademark leprechaun logo, died Thursday, two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 92.

Drake’s best known creations were Notre Dame’s bearded leprechaun and the symbol of the Chicago Bulls.

Drake’s career began during World War II, when he drew cartoons for a Navy newspaper. After the war, he returned to Elkhart and worked as a designer at Wilson Sporting Goods in Chicago. That was where he created the Notre Dame logo in 1964.

Drake earned a mere $50 for the logo, which was later copyrighted by the university. In 1993, Notre Dame’s national alumni board paid a special tribute to the artist.

Seymour S. Kety

WESTWOOD, Mass. (AP) _ Dr. Seymour S. Kety, a biological psychiatrist whose studies of the human brain revolutionized the understanding of major mental illnesses, died Thursday. He was 84.

Kety emphasized the biological bases of mental illness at a time, during the 1950s, when psychoanalysis dominated most academic psychiatry departments. His work was the first to provide evidence that schizophrenia ran in families, helping to overturn the belief that it was caused by bad parenting.

In the 1940s and early ’50s, Kety discovered the first quantitative technique for measuring blood flow in the living brain, a technique that made possible later technologies like PET scanning.

Kety was an emeritus professor of neuroscience at the Harvard Medical School, having retired in 1983 after 15 years. Until 1997 he was senior psychobiologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont.

Robert Popp

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Robert Allyn Popp, the former longtime San Francisco Chronicle police reporter who once helped tackle a fleeing murder suspect, died Thursday in an auto accident. He was 74.

Popp, who retired nine years ago, covered many of the city’s prominent murder cases, including the 1978 assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by Dan White, and the Zebra killers case in the early 1970s.

In another case, a man accused of a double murder tried to escape from a courtroom and Popp recalled he ``grabbed him by the coattails and an assistant D.A. jumped on top of him.″

Popp, who was born in Westfield, Mass., was hired by the Chronicle in 1947 as a copy boy, but was quickly promoted to a general assignment reporter in Oakland. Popp later worked out of the San Mateo and San Francisco offices.

Popp’s car was struck by an oncoming car in Atherton on Thursday afternoon. The accident remains under investigation.

Survivors include his wife, a brother, two sisters, a niece and four nephews.

Maurice Richard

MONTREAL (AP) _ Maurice ``The Rocket″ Richard, one of the greatest scorers in National Hockey League history, died Saturday. He was 78.

The former Montreal Canadiens star, who slipped into a deep coma overnight, died of abdominal cancer, family friend Jean Roy said.

Richard was hospitalized with a recurrence of the cancer that was first diagnosed more than two years ago. He also had Parkinson’s disease, and Roy said doctors also suspected the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Richard, No. 62 on The Associated Press list of the top 100 athletes of the 20th century, was the cornerstone of the Canadiens’ dynasty that won five straight Stanley Cups and eight in his 18 seasons in the NHL.

Nicknamed the Rocket for his explosive speed and shot, Richard finished his career with a then-record 544 goals. He was the first player to score 500 goals and the first to score 50 goals in a season when he did it in 50 games in 1944-45. His six overtime goals remains a playoff record.

Richard was a compelling figure on the ice. He was ambidextrous, a right wing who shot left-handed. He often switched from backhand to forehand as he swooped in on goalies. In the days before curved blades and slap shots, the Rocket possessed a hard, accurate shot and he was one of hockey’s most dangerous scorers.

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