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Frank Brewster

November 22, 1996

RANCHO MIRANGE, Calif. (AP) _ Frank Brewster, former head of the Western Conference of Teamsters, died on Nov. 15, three months shy of his 100th birthday.

Brewster became head of the western conference in 1953, which then represented nearly 400,000 Teamster members in 13 states.

He was a leader in negotiating the first life insurance, medical and dental insurance plans for the union’s members. In 1955, he started the conference’s pension plan, among the nation’s largest.

George C. Ginsberg

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) _ Retired commercial photographer George C. Ginsberg, known as the ``penny philanthropist″ for his modest but loyal donations, died of stomach cancer Monday. He was 97.

Ginsberg was a consistent contributor to about 100 charities. His donations usually ranged from $1 to $10 per donation, going to Jewish organizations, children’s charities and the Salvation Army.

He also responded to natural disasters and medical emergencies by sending money to the victims.

Ginsberg, a native of Russia, ran a photo business in Newark. His many patented photographic inventions included the ring pod, which steadies a hand-held camera without using a tripod.

Walter E. Hoffman

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Senior U.S. District Judge Walter E. Hoffman, who accepted the plea deal that drove Vice President Spiro Agnew from office, died Thursday at age 89.

In 1973, Hoffman accepted Agnew’s no contest plea to tax evasion and fined Agnew $10,000. The deal included Agnew’s resignation.

Hoffman lost a congressional race in 1948 and ran unsuccessfully for Virginia attorney general in 1953.

A year later, President Eisenhower appointed him to the federal bench, where he immediately challenged the state’s efforts to preserve segregated public schools. Because of one ruling, some Norfolk schools closed rather than integrate, and a cross was burned on his lawn.

Evelyn Hooker

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Evelyn Gentry Hooker, a UCLA psychologist whose work led to the removal of homosexuality as a psychological disorder from the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic and statistical manual, died Monday. She was 89.

Hooker was the subject for the 1993 Oscar-nominated documentary ``Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker.″

Her controversial study published in 1957 was titled, ``The Adjustment of the Male Overt Homosexual.″ She found that there was little statistical difference between psychological test results of gay and straight men.

Her findings changed the prevailing views on homosexuality, and greatly emboldened the fledgling gay rights movement.

In 1992, the American Psychological Association awarded her its prestigious Lifetime Achievement award.

She retired from UCLA in 1970 and had a private practice as a psychotherapist for 10 years.

Chuck Howard

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) _ Chuck Howard, who won 11 Emmy Awards as a producer at ABC Sports, died of brain cancer Thursday. He was 63.

Howard became executive producer at Trans World International after leaving ABC. He oversaw coverage of the America’s Cup, the Masters and U.S. Open Golf Championships, Ivy League football, figure skating and ATP Tour events.

At ABC, where he worked from 1960 until 1986, Howard’s production responsibilities included nine Olympics, the Super Bowl, World Series, British Open, the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500 and NCAA football as well as the anthology series ``Wide World of Sports.″

Joan Kerr

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Joan Patterson Kerr, an author and founding picture editor of American Heritage magazine, died of cancer Thursday. She was 75.

Kerr was co-editor of ``The Romantic Egotists,″ a pictorial history of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. She also collaborated on ``American Album,″ published by American Heritage.

In 1995, Mrs. Kerr compiled ``A Bully Father: Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children.″ She also was a picture editor for Newsweek Books and for ``The American Past,″ a Book-of-the-Month Club series.

She is survived by her husband, Chester Kerr, former editor of the Yale University Press; two daughters, a son and two grandchildren.

Elmo Langley

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) _ Elmo Langley, a pace car driver and official for NASCAR, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday after being stricken during a test drive. He was 68.

Langley was a former NASCAR Winston Cup driver with two victories in his nearly two-decade racing career that ended in the 1970s. He was a pace car driver for six years.

Langley, who lived in Harrisburg, N.C., experienced severe chest pains while driving around the track in central Japan to get ready for his assignment at the Suzuka Thunder Special 100 stock car race.

Douglas Arthur McKee

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) _ Judge Douglas Arthur McKee was found dead at the bottom of the high shoreline cliffs at Point Vincente Thursday, the same day results of a fraud investigation against him were presented to a grand jury. He was 56.

An investigation was ongoing and homicide detectives were not ruling out suicide, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

McKee was under investigation for alleged insurance fraud, prosecutors said.

McKee specialized in corporate law at two private firms before joining the district attorney’s office in 1968. From 1973 to 1984, he lobbied in Sacramento on behalf of the county prosecutor’s office.

Republican Gov. George Deukmejian appointed him to the state bench in 1984. He served in the Central Criminal Division for a year before being assigned to the South Central District in Compton.

McKee was elected in 1986, moved to the Southwest District in Torrance in 1987, and was re-elected in 1992.

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