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Austin Bealmear, who helped cover World War II for The Associated Press and

April 23, 1997

SHELL KNOB, Mo. (AP) _ Austin Bealmear, who helped cover World War II for The Associated Press and later served as AP bureau chief in three cities, died Saturday. He was 85.

His wife, Crystal, said he fell at home Saturday and broke his leg. He was taken to the hospital, where he died of a blood clot in the lung, she said.

Bealmear spent 35 years with the AP, joining the news cooperative as a newsman in 1936 in Oklahoma City. He transferred to AP’s New York headquarters in 1941.

He was sent to Europe in 1943 to help with AP’s coverage of World War II. Mrs. Bealmear said he first was assigned to London, often interviewing pilots returning from bombing missions. He was assigned to Paris shortly after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

After the war, Bealmear returned to New York, where he worked in AP’s sports department. He was named AP bureau chief in Oklahoma City in 1949, in Milwaukee in 1955 and in Kansas City in 1968.

Bealmear left the AP in 1971 and spent four years in public relations with Hallmark Cards while the greeting card company was building its Crown Center development in Kansas City.

He and his wife retired to Shell Knob in 1975.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and a brother.

Harry Duncan

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Harry Duncan, a hand-printer responsible for publishing the first works by poet Robert Lowell and writer Tennessee Williams, died Friday of complications from pneumonia. He was 80.

Duncan dedicated his life to making books with a hand press that differed little from Johann Gutenberg’s. A 1982 Newsweek article named him the ``father of the post-World War II private-press movement.″

The Cummington Press, which Duncan co-founded in Cummington, Mass., in 1939, has published the first editions of such esteemed 20th century poets and fiction writers as Wallace Stevens, Allen Tate, William Carlos Williams, R.P. Blackmur, Marianne Moore and Yvor Winters.

Duncan moved the press to Iowa City in 1956 when he accepted an appointment to direct the Typographic Laboratory at the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism. In 1972, Duncan founded the fine arts press for the University of Nebraska at Omaha, called Abattoir Editions.

There he continued to publish the best of modern American verse, including the works of William Logan, Stephen Berg and Dana Gioia.

Duncan retired from teaching typography in 1985, but continued to print limited editions of poetry and prose through the Cummington Press in his shop on campus.

Edward Leary

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Author and former newspaper columnist Edward A. Leary died Sunday at age 83.

As a writer for The Indianapolis Star, his ``Hoosier Scrapbook″ column appeared weekly during the 1970s.

Leary wrote several books, including historical accounts. His book ``The 19th State,″ which recounts Indiana history, received an award from the Indiana University Writers Conference.

He was owner and president Ed Leary & Associates, an advertising and public relations firm, and taught writing and telecommunications at Ball State University from 1982 to 1989.

Leary is survived by four children.

Ben Raeburn

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) _ Ben Raeburn, whose company published Frank Lloyd Wright’s autobiography and specialized in works by authors before they found a mass audience, died of Alzheimer’s disease April 9. He was 86.

Raeburn published books by authors Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, Robert Olen Butler and Oriana Fallaci. In 1977, Publishers Weekly, the book industry’s trade magazine, honored Raeburn’s Horizon Press for Wright’s autobiography.

Horizon Press went out of business soon after Raeburn sold the company, which he owned from 1951-84.

In 1945, Raeburn edited ``Treasure for the Free World,″ which included essays by Gunnar Myrdal, Albert Einstein, William O. Douglas and Darryl F. Zanuck. Ernest Hemingway wrote the foreword.

He published two of Butler’s books _ ``Sun Dogs″ and ``Countrymen of Bones″ _ a decade before Butler won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for ``A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain.″

Herbert Zipper

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Herbert Zipper, a Viennese conductor who’s life became the subject for an Academy Award-nominated documentary, died of lung cancer Monday. He was 92.

Zipper was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Dachau concentration camp, where he recruited fellow inmates to give secret concerts to raise the spirits of other prisoners. Zipper, who was Jewish, co-wrote ``Dachau Song,″ a resistance song that spread from prison camp to prison camp.

He was later moved to Buchenwald and his family arranged for his release. But he went to Manila where he was imprisoned again by the Japanese. He later worked as a secret informant for Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

He also reassembled the Manila Orchestra after it was liberated in 1945.

Zipper’s ``Dachau Song,″ was published in 1992. ``Never Give Up: The 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper″ was nominated for an Oscar last year.

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