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Bobby Adams

February 18, 1997

GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) _ Bobby Adams, a major league infielder during the 1940s and ’50s, died at his home last Thursday. He was 75.

Adams broke into professional baseball in 1939 with Ogden, Utah, of the Pioneer League. From 1946 to 1959, he played with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs.

He ended his playing career with the Seattle Rainiers in 1959, then served as secretary of the Association of Professional Baseball Players in 1959 and 1960.

He spent five years with the Cubs coaching staff before the Cubs brought him to Tacoma in 1966 as president of the Tacoma Cubs farm club of the Pacific Coast League. His run in Tacoma ended in 1971, when the team moved to Texas.

Nora Beloff

LONDON (AP) _ Nora Beloff, the first woman political correspondent in Britain and a journalist famed for her tenacity and unpopular opinions, died Wednesday after a short illness. She was 78.

Ms. Beloff joined Reuters in 1946 and then worked for The Economist magazine in Paris. In 1947, she began a 30-year tenure at The Observer, a national weekly in Britain, as the newspaper’s correspondent in Paris.

She moved to Washington and Moscow in the 1950s and became Britain’s first female political correspondent in 1964. She left the newspaper in 1978.

Later, her work as a free-lance writer led to her arrest in the Soviet Union and her expulsion from the former Yugoslavia.

She wrote five books including ``Tito’s Flawed Legacy″ about Britain’s relationship with Marshal Josip Broz Tito, leader of communist Yugoslavia.

In 1977, she married the Observer’s former sports editor Clifford Makins, who died in 1990.

Thies Christophersen

KIEL, Germany (AP) _ Thies Christophersen, a former Nazi who published literature denying the Holocaust ever happened, died Thursday. He was 79.

Christophersen had been sought for a decade before he was arrested last month. He was released because he was suffering from advanced kidney cancer and was too sick to be jailed.

Christophersen was an SS officer and a guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. He published the pamphlet ``The Farming Community,″ extolling his book ``The Auschwitz Lie,″ which denies Germany exterminated millions of Jews during World War II.

Christophersen went to Denmark to avoid charges in Germany of incitement to violence and racial hatred in 1986. Denmark turned down Germany’s requests to extradite Christophersen because he held a Danish residency permit.

But in 1994, protesters forced him out of Denmark. He surfaced in Switzerland in 1995 but was ordered to leave the country.

Ray R. Ehrensberger

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Ray R. Ehrensberger, who founded a military education program at the University of Maryland that later spread to bases around the world, died Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 92.

Ehrensberger founded the University College program, a part-time student program primarily for the military. He was chairman of the speech department at the university’s College Park campus before being named the first University College dean. In 1970, he became the program’s first chancellor.

Ehrensberger retired in 1975, after overseeing the University College’s expansion to military bases around the world. Today, about 70,000 students are enrolled.

Ehrensberger was awarded the military’s highest awards for civilians, including the Air Force Exceptional Service Award, the Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service and a Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Robert Ridgely

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert Ridgely, an actor whose film credits include ``Philadelphia″ and ``Blazing Saddles,″ died of cancer on Feb. 8. He was 65.

Ridgely played a homophobic lawyer in ``Philadelphia″ and a game show host in ``Melvin and Howard.″ He portrayed Boris the Hangman in ``Blazing Saddles″ and reprised the role in ``Robin Hood: Men in Tights.″

He also appeared in the films ``Fire Down Below,″ ``The Ref″ and ``Beverly Hills Cop II.″

Ridgely also appeared in numerous television shows, including ``Get Smart,″ ``Sea Hunt″ and ``Coach,″ and did voice work in many cartoons and TV commercials.

Ona Willis

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Ona Willis, whose only child rose from humble beginnings and personal trials to become Texas Gov. Ann Richards, died Saturday. She was 86.

Born as Texas Iona Warren, she and her husband, pharmaceutical salesman Cecil Willis, both were the children of farmers. They were living in the Waco suburb of Lakeview when their daughter, Dorothy Ann Willis, was born in 1933.

Her daughter, who dropped her first name, was elected governor in 1990.

Chien-Shiung Wu

NEW YORK (AP) _ Chien-Shiung Wu, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project and who showed that nature is not symmetrical, died Sunday after suffering a stroke. She was 84.

She was ``one of the giants of physics,″ said Tsung-Dao Lee of Columbia University, where Ms. Wu taught until she retired in 1980.

A native of Shanghai, Ms. Wu came to the United States in 1936, received her doctorate in physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and went on to teach at Smith College and Princeton University.

She joined the research staff at Columbia in 1944 and worked for the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the atom bomb.

She is best known, however, for her 1956 experiment that disproved the symmetry of the right and left sides in nature. Conducting the test at a government laboratory in Washington, Ms. Wu studied how cobalt emitted electrons and discovered that the movement was not symmetrical. Her book, ``Beta Decay,″ remains the standard reference text on low-energy emission of electrons by decaying atoms.

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