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Max Agostini

January 15, 1997

PARIS (AP) _ Max Agostini, a French impressionist painter known for landscapes, cityscapes and portraits of American army officers, died Tuesday of heart failure. He was 82.

Agostini was a soldier during World War II and spent five years in a German prison camp.

In 1945 he settled in Chateauroux, in central France. At the time, it was home to the country’s largest U.S. military base, where Agostini painted the portraits of many officers.

He was known in his later years for garden scenes and large-format depictions of European capitals.

Burton Barr

PHOENIX (AP) _ Burton Barr, state House majority leader for two decades and one of Arizona’s most influential politicians, died Monday. He was 78.

Barr left office in 1986, running unsuccessfully for governor after 22 years in the House. Often given to witticisms, one helped lead to his loss when, asked why a tax that was to have been temporary was being continued, he responded tongue in cheek, ``I lied.″ Voters took him seriously.

In 1966, after Republicans gained majority status, lawmakers elected Barr their leader.

Charles B. Huggins

CHICAGO (AP) _ Dr. Charles B. Huggins, a winner of the 1966 Nobel prize in medicine, died Sunday. He was 95.

Huggins won the Nobel prize along with virologist F. Peyton Rous for research on the relationship between hormones and cancers of the prostate and breast.

The work paved the way for treating advanced cancers by showing their dependence on chemical signals, a discovery that ended the belief cancers were autonomous and self-perpetuating.

Robert Irsay

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Robert Irsay, the owner who moved the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis, died Tuesday, a year after suffering a stroke. He was 73.

The Chicago-born Irsay, who made his fortune in heating and air conditioning and once owned the Los Angeles Rams, took over the Colts in 1972 by trading franchises with Carroll Rosenbloom.

More recently, he had been the center of a battle between his second wife, Nancy, and son Jim over his estate and medical care.

Most of Irsay’s assets were transferred to a trust fund, but Mrs. Irsay claimed she wasn’t kept informed about her husband’s financial matters and didn’t like the way his money was handled by the trustees.

In November, a judge appointed a bank as guardian of his estate, although control of the Colts remained with Jim Irsay.

Arnold Michaelis

NEW YORK (AP) _ Arnold Michaelis, a television producer and host who interviewed heads of state and other public figures, died Jan. 4. He was 81.

Michaelis was a producer for the Masterworks division of Columbia Records when asked to interview Bruno Walter for radio commercials. Columbia was so pleased with the result that it released the interview as a record, launching Michaelis’ career as an interviewer.

His subjects included Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Indian prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

From 1961 to 1963, he co-produced and was host of ABC-TV’s ``Adlai Stevenson Reports,″ in which Michaelis and Stevenson, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations, talked with world leaders.

The series won a George Foster Peabody Award for its ``contribution to international understanding.″ Michaelis won a second Peabody Award, for lifetime achievement, last year.

He is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Wally Rose

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) _ Pianist Wally Rose, who played with such jazz legends as Lu Watters and Turk Murphy, died of cancer Sunday. He was 83.

In addition to playing with Watters’ Yerba Buena Jazz Band, Rose also performed alongside Murphy, Bob Scobey and Clancy Hayes.

The Oakland-born musician, who was educated as a classical pianist, made more than 100 records on the Columbia and Good Time Jazz labels.

Rose played at the Newport Jazz Festival and performed with the San Francisco Symphony, displaying his classical foundation by performing works by Beethoven, Debussy and others.

Helen Foster Snow

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Helen Foster Snow, a journalist who helped introduce the West to Mao Tse-tung in the 1930s, died Saturday. She was 89.

Snow was the last living non-Chinese female journalist to have interviewed Mao.

She played a key role in creating the Gung-Ho (Work Together) movement of industrial cooperatives in Shanghai. The cooperatives caught on all over China, and eventually the Communists merged them into state-run communes.

Snow wrote 40 books and manuscripts, most focusing on China. Her ex-husband _ the late Edgar Snow, author of ``Red Star Over China″ _ coined her pen name, Nym Wales. ``Nym″ is Greek for name; Wales was used because she was part Welsh.

Her autobiography, ``My China Years: A Memoir,″ was published in 1984 and was her last work.

In June, the Chinese government awarded Snow an honorary ambassadorship, known as Friendship Ambassador. She was the first American recipient of the award.

Survivors include a niece, Sheril Foster Bischoff, of Riverside, Calif.

Madolyn Spurling

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) _ Madolyn Spurling, a Broadway actress in the 1930s who doubled for Jean Harlow in ``Saratoga″ after that actress’ death during filming, died Friday in Albuquerque.

Mrs. Spurling, whose stage name was Madolyn Mayo, was 89.

She had played the lead in such productions as the ``Student Prince″ and the ``Desert Song″ and, when Harlow died of uremic poisoning in 1937, the studio hired her to help finish the movie.

``She was the spitting image of Harlow,″ said her husband, Nelson Spurling. ``The only difference was she was about 2 inches shorter, but you couldn’t tell the difference in her face.″

Although the movie industry was interested in using her in more films, she declined.

Chuck Taylor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Chuck Taylor, a television meteorologist, died of cancer Tuesday. He was 53.

Taylor had been on sick leave from WHAS-TV since his diagnosis in the spring. He had returned to the air for a few days last week to do the weather on the 11 p.m. EST newscast.

Taylor came to WHAS in 1976, from WTET-TV in Providence, R.I., where he had worked as a weatherman for four years. During parts of his career in Louisville, he also was heard on WHAS-AM radio in Louisville. He was a native of Boston.

Survivors include his son, Jonathan Taylor of Louisville.

Lord Todd

LONDON (AP) _ Lord Todd, the Nobel Prize-winning chemist whose work helped pave the way for the discovery of the structure of DNA, died Friday in Cambridge. He was 89.

Todd was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1957 for his research into the components of nucleic acids, from which genes and the chromosomes on which they are located are made.

Todd established the general chemistry of the nucleic acids. His work cleared the way for Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins to work out the detail of the structure, including the famous double helix of deoxyribonucleic acid _ DNA, the basis of heredity.

Crick, Watson and Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in 1962 for their work, and Todd was created a life peer that year in for his work.

Todd was an organic chemistry professor at Cambridge University from 1944 to 1971.

Albert Wohlstetter

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Albert Wohlstetter, a former national security and nuclear strategist, died Friday at age 83.

Wohlstetter twice won the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, first in 1965 and again in 1976.

A senior staff member of the Rand Corp., a California think tank, in the 1950s-60s, he also developed ``smart″ munitions and sensors on conventional weaponry. He advocated the prevention of nuclear weapon proliferation, influencing current U.S. policy.

In 1985, Wohlstetter and his wife, Roberta, who also was a prolific writer on national security issues and a frequent collaborator, were awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. The honor is the nation’s highest for civilians.

Among Wohlstetter’s ideas was the ``second-strike″ theory for deterring nuclear war and methods for reducing accidental strikes.

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