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February 19, 2002

Victor Caliandro

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Victor Caliandro, an urban designer and architect who helped create the master plan for New York’s Battery Park City, died Friday. He was 58 and suffered a heart attack or stroke, said his wife, Maria.

Caliandro was a principal at Minneapolis architecture firm Cunningham Associates and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Caliandro worked on the master plan, housing guidelines and park for Battery Park City. For 10 years, he had his own firm, Caliandro & Associates, in the city.

In Japan, Caliandro designed the Pacifico Plaza in Yokohama and the Tenjin Galleria in Fukuoka.

In the Twin Cities, he worked on plans for developing Mississippi riverfront in St. Paul, transforming a decaying retail site in Brooklyn Park and redeveloping a busy intersection in south Minneapolis.

Two weeks ago, Caliandro led architecture students to New York to work on redevelopment plans for the World Trade Center site.

Carol Fenner

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) _ Children’s book writer and illustrator Carol Fenner, who won a Newbery Honor Award for ``Yolanda’s Genius,″ died Saturday of cancer. She was 72.

``Yolanda’s Genius,″ published in 1995, earned the Newbery award in 1996. In 1979, Fenner was runner up for the Coretta Scott King Freedom Award with her book ``The Skates of Uncle Richard.″ She received the Christopher Medal for her nonfiction book ``Gorilla, Gorilla″ in 1973.

She wrote and illustrated ``Tigers in the Cellar″ in 1963, ``Christmas Tree on the Mountain″ in 1966 and ``Lagalag, the Wanderer″ in 1968. Fenner also wrote ``Randall’s Wall″ in 1991 and ``The King of Dragons″ in 1998.

Diana Gaines

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) _ Diana Gaines, who wrote several popular, rags-to-riches novels including ``Tasker Martin,″ died Feb. 8. She was 89.

Howard Hughes bought the movie rights to ``Tasker Martin,″ which chronicled the life of a rags-to-riches industrialist unhappy with the life he created.

Gaines also wrote ``Dr. Logan’s Wife″ in 1951, ``Marry in Anger″ in 1958, ``Dangerous Climate″ in 1960, ``The Knife and the Needle″ in 1962 and ``Nantucket Woman″ a few years later.

Before penning her first novel, Gaines worked as an advertising copywriter. She also edited a baseball magazine for the Chicago Cubs.

Alfred Ferrell Gehri

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ Alfred Ferrell Gehri, a Boeing Co. contract administrator who negotiated a historic first delivery of commercial passenger jets to China in 1972, died Feb. 13. He was 73.

Gehri, who retired in 1989 after 38 years with Boeing, was hired as a buyer in 1951.

In 1972, then-President Nixon broke the diplomatic ice with China by visiting the communist nation. The Chinese ordered 10 Boeing 707 planes weeks later and Gehri worked to arrange deliveries.

Hugh M. Gloster Sr.

ATLANTA (AP) _ Hugh M. Gloster Sr., who was Morehouse College president emeritus, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 90.

The school’s first alumni president, he returned to Morehouse in 1967 to replace President Benjamin E. Mays. He stepped down in 1986.

Gloster’s administration was responsible for adding a dozen buildings to the campus and significantly boosting enrollment and faculty. He also is credited with increasing the college’s endowment.

The Morehouse School of Medicine opened its doors in 1975. Gloster also is responsible for developing new majors in international studies and the school of business.

Harvey Kirck

TORONTO (AP) _ Harvey Kirck, a longtime news broadcaster who helped the private CTV television network take on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., died Monday of a heart attack, CTV announced. He was 73.

Kirck, who battled congestive heart failure for years, died at his home in Uxbridge, Ontario, the network said in a statement.

He anchored the CTV national newscast from 1963 until 1984, handling major stories of his generation including John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the Apollo space missions.

Dennis McIntosh, vice president of CTV News, said Kirck helped establish the private network as a news competitor with the government-funded CBC.

Kirck is survived by his wife Brenda and three children.

Darrell R. Oldham

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) _ Darrell R. Oldham, co-founder of an association of alternative urban weekly newspapers and of Seattle Weekly, died Saturday of lung cancer. He was 64.

In the late 1960s, Oldham co-founded Ski Racing, a Denver magazine that published worldwide racing results. Several years later, he co-founded the Mountain Gazette, a literary and recreational publication that carried articles by Hunter S. Thompson, Edward Abbey and Galen Rowell.

In 1976 Oldham co-founded Seattle Weekly, now owned by the parent company of The Village Voice, and in 1978 he helped create the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, of which he later became president.

The association’s first conference, organized by Oldham and Seattle Weekly co-publisher David Brewster, drew representatives of 28 newspapers. The group now has about 125 members.

Oldham left the Weekly in 1984 to become retail industry manager at The Seattle Times, later advancing to sales development manager and advertising marketing manager.

He was a co-founder and vice president of the Northwest Book Festival.

Survivors include his wife Leslie, brother, mother, four children, and two grandchildren.

Allan D. Sachs

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) _ Allan D. Sachs, a former hotel-casino owner and prominent gambling executive when organized crime wielded influence in Las Vegas, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia. He was 76.

During his gambling career dating from the 1950s, Sachs owned the Stardust and the Fremont hotel-casinos. He and reputed mob leader Moe Dalitz also opened the Sundance, now Fitzgeralds in downtown Las Vegas.

Sachs’ business interests led to contentious proceedings with regulators. Nonetheless, the Nevada Gaming Commission licensed Sachs in 1979 to purchase Argent Corp., which owned the Stardust and the Fremont, from a suspected frontman for the Chicago mob.

Five years later, the licenses were rescinded by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Sachs and his longtime friend and business partner, Herb Tobman, were fined $3 million after the commission found the two failed to stop skimming by the mob at the Stardust.

Sachs was never proved to be connected with organized crime, and he maintained he had done nothing wrong.

The Stardust and Fremont now are owned by Boyd Gaming Corp.

James Ward

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ James ``Lucky″ Ward, a guitarist who played with musicians ranging from Chet Atkins to Janis Joplin, died Saturday. He was 65.

Ward also fronted a band in Las Vegas and wrote and recorded country songs. He played with Atkins, Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams Jr. He also played rock with Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Moby Grape.

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