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Edith Thatcher Hurd

January 29, 1997

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) _ Edith Thatcher Hurd, who wrote about 75 books for children on subjects ranging from firemen to the planet Earth, died Saturday. She was 86.

She collaborated on many of her books with her husband, artist and illustrator Clement Hurd, who died in 1988. Mrs. Hurd wrote ``The Earth is Not Flat″ in 1986 as a companion piece to her husband’s illustrations for Gertrude Stein’s ``The Earth is Round,″ published in 1938.

Mrs. Hurd’s first books were collaborations with Margaret Wise Brown under the joint pseudonym, Juniper Sage. Their books include ``Five Little Firemen″ and ``The Little Fat Policeman.″

Mrs. Hurd’s first solo writing effort was ``Hurry Hurry,″ published in 1938. A follow-up, ``Hurry Hurry: A Story of What Happened to a Hurrier,″ was released in 1947.

Mrs. Hurd also wrote several books about science, including ``The Mother Whale,″ and ``Rain and the Valley.″

Robert D. Kilpatrick

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Robert D. Kilpatrick, who helped form the Cigna Corp. and build it into one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, died of bone marrow cancer Monday. He was 72.

As president and chief executive officer of the insurance firm Connecticut General, Kilpatrick played a leading role in bringing about a merger with the INA Corp. in 1982 that formed Cigna.

Under his leadership, Cigna became a major commercial and casualty insurance company, and developed the base that would later allow it to become prominent in the business of health maintenance organizations.

Mikel Koliqi

TIRANA, Albania (AP) _ Cardinal Mikel Koliqi, a Roman Catholic prelate who spent decades in prison while religion was outlawed in Albania, died Tuesday. He was 95.

Koliqi was ordained in 1931. He was a monsignor in 1945 when he first was arrested by the Stalinist regime of dictator Enver Hoxha. He spent a total of 38 years in prison and labor camps, and was eventually freed in 1986.

In 1967, Hoxha declared Albania an atheist state. He banned all religious activity, killed or arrested priests and nuns and turned churches and mosques into sports halls, warehouses and movie theaters.

Koliqi was the first Albanian to be accepted into the college of cardinals. He was elevated by Pope John Paul II, in 1994, two years after the end of the communist era in Albania, where about 10 percent the population is Roman Catholic.

Cathryn Callaway McCune

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Cathryn Callaway McCune, a former religion writer and reporter for The Arizona Daily Star, died Thursday. She was 88.

McCune was the sister of the late syndicated political columnist Inez Robb, and worked for the Star from 1967 to 1973.

She began her reporting career at the Tulsa Daily World in 1934, where she worked until 1944. She also worked for the Tulsa Tribune from 1951 until 1959, when she joined the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., and moved to the Albany Times-Union in Albany, N.Y., in 1962.

Survivors include two nieces and a nephew.

Richard Slattery

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Richard X. Slattery, a character actor in 1960s and ’70s who appeared in television shows, ranging from ``Bewitched″ and ``The Andy Griffith Show″ to ``Bonanza,″ died Monday. He was 71.

Slattery also portrayed the gas station attendant ``Murph″ in Unocal 76 national commercials for 14 years.

Slattery’s first film role was in 1960′s ``Butterfield 8.″ He later appeared in the cavalry western ``A Distant Trumpet″ and ``Zebra Force.″

Other television roles include Capt. Buckner on the NBC Don Rickles sitcom ``C.P.O. Sharkey,″ as McKenna on ABC’s World War II drama ``The Gallant Men,″ and Capt. John Morton on NBC’s ``Mr. Roberts.″