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May 9, 2003

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Former Los Angeles Rams receiver Duane Allen died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 65.

He had a stroke last month.

Allen had 10 receptions for 227 yards and five TDs in seven seasons with the Rams, Pittsburgh and Chicago from 1961-67.

He went into coaching after his playing days and helped the football and track programs at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra from the late 1960s through the early 1990s.

Martin Heerwald

SEATTLE (AP) _ Martin Heerwald, a former reporter, editor and local bureau manager for United Press International, died May 3. He was 79.

Heerwald spent about four decades with United Press and then UPI.

Born in Billings, Mont., he grew up in Red Lodge, Mont., earned a journalism degree at the University of Montana, served in the Navy during World War II and attended Columbia University.

After moving to Seattle in the late 1940s he went from routine wire service work to covering state government in Olympia and was bureau manager and state editor by 1961, a year before the world’s fair in Seattle, a pivotal event for the city.

During the world’s fair, Heerwald interviewed U.S. astronaut John Glenn and Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov, asking separately whether they had experienced some sort of epiphany or religious experience in orbit.

Glenn: ``I did have a feeling of being in the presence of something greater than mankind. Yeah.″

Titov, replying through an interpreter: ``Do you mean did I see any angels? Nyet!″

Heerwald was president of the Western Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 1963-64.

Survivors include his wife Rose, a brother and a sister.

Ruby Grant Martin

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Ruby Grant Martin, civil rights director under President Lyndon B. Johnson and a cabinet member in the administration of Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, died Thursday. She was 70.

In 1967 she became the first director of the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She was appointed Virginia’s secretary of administration by Wilder in 1990.

A Cleveland native, Martin earned a law degree from Howard University Law School in 1959. At Howard, she was a classmate of Wilder, who would become the nation’s first elected black governor in 1990.

She planned and accompanied the governor on several trips to Africa to establish trade ties. After leaving state service in 1994 she was a consultant to North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt on trade with Africa.

She came to Richmond in 1978 amid an already distinguished legal career, first as a staff attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and then for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

At the Office of Civil Rights, she was in charge of a federal school desegregation program and enforcing employment and affirmative-action programs of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the early 1970s, as counsel to the House Committee on the District of Columbia, she co-authored the bill that proposed home rule for the district.

Janet McCue

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Janet McCue, retired fashion editor of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 67.

McCue retired in Las Vegas in 2000.

She was honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for outstanding fashion journalism outside New York.

She joined The Plain Dealer in 1963 as assistant women’s editor.

She was promoted to women’s editor in 1971 and served as fashion editor for 20 years until her retirement.

In 1999, The Plain Dealer established a $25,000 scholarship endowment honoring McCue at Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Survivors include Harry West, her husband of 28 years; stepchildren Dale West and Carolee McKeown; seven grandchildren; a brother, John Benton McCue; and a sister, Suzanne Croissant. Her first husband, John Teklinski, died in 1971.

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