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Elize Botha, the wife of former South African President P.W. Botha, died o

June 9, 1997

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ Elize Botha, the wife of former South African President P.W. Botha, died of a heart attack Friday. She was 75.

Mrs. Botha, who remained in the background during her husband’s 11 years as head of state, earned President Nelson Mandela’s admiration for helping to arrange a 1995 luncheon that he and widows of apartheid-era leaders attended.

The event, coming a year after Mandela became South Africa’s first black president, symbolized reconciliation in a nation with a history of bitter racial division.

Mrs. Botha’s husband of 54 years was prime minister until suffering a stroke in 1989.

Under his leadership, South Africa introduced minor reforms to the apartheid system of white minority rule, creating relatively powerless chambers of Parliament for the mixed-race and Indian populations.

But the government refused to allow the black majority to vote and tried to force blacks to live in impoverished tribal homelands while denying them South African citizenship.

It wasn’t until 1994 that the nation held its first all-race election, which ended apartheid and brought Mandela to power.

John Joseph Carroll

NEW YORK (AP) _ John Joseph Carroll, a former city editor for The Associated Press who accompanied President Truman on his walks along New York City’s Fifth Avenue, died Friday. He was 77.

Carroll was still in his teens when he joined the AP as a copy clerk. Early in his 42-year career he was assigned to cover Truman whenever the president, visiting New York, took his ``morning constitution″ along Fifth Avenue past Central Park.

By the 1970s Carroll had risen to New York City editor, and retired in 1984.

Carroll is survived by his wife, Joan; a son and two daughters; a brother and two sisters; and two grandchildren.

John B. Combs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ John B. Combs, a political columnist for black publications and confidant to the state’s governors, died Saturday. He was 92.

Combs continued to submit articles after his retirement from the Call & Post newspapers in 1981. He helped start the Columbus edition of the Call & Post.

During his career, Combs interviewed Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy, and was a confidant to every Ohio governor from Frank Lausche in the 1940s until his retirement, said Amos Lynch Sr., the publisher of the Columbus Post.

Combs is survived by his wife, Annie, and three children.

Allan Dell

NEW YORK (AP) _ Allan Dell, who turned Hogs & Heifers _ a dive bar in the meatpacking district _ into a celebrity hangout, has died. He was 31.

Dell died en route to the hospital after having trouble breathing early Saturday morning, the New York Post reported today.

``Basically, Allan liked to drink,″ his wife Michelle said. ``He spent so much time sitting in a bar he figured he might as well be making money at it.″

Stars including Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Drew Barrymore, and Danny DeVito crowded the bar at one time or another, their stretch limousines vying with motorcycles parked out front.

Ties were prohibited, but female patrons were encouraged to leave their bras behind.

William Richard Emerson

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) _ William Richard Emerson, a decorated World War II fighter pilot and noted military historian, died of a heart attack June 2. He was 74.

Emerson chronicled Franklin D. Roosevelt’s years as commander in chief and directed the FDR Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., from 1974 until 1991. During that time, he managed to open classified documents on World War II diplomacy.

As a pilot in the Army Air Corps, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

He taught history at Yale and at the Navy War College before taking over at the Roosevelt library.

I.H. Harvey

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ I.H. ``Sporty″ Harvey, a black boxer who won a court battle to get in the ring with a white fighter in Texas, died Thursday in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 71.

In 1954, Harvey sued the state commissioner of labor statistics for permission to fight a white boxer and to block enforcement of a Texas law that prohibited interracial bouts.

He won at the appeals-court level and eventually fought Buddy Truman in Dallas in a bout his lawyer called a symbol of constitutional liberty.

``After I tried that case in 1954, people are still talking about it today,″ said Maury Maverick Jr. of San Antonio. ``Many black athletes are making millions of dollars and a lot of these are riding in this man’s stirrups.″

Harvey was born on July 21, 1925. He had lived in Los Angeles for the past 37 years, said Lottie Wimbish of San Antonio, a sister. He had suffered from heart disease.

John Wesley Joice

NEW YORK (AP) _ John Wesley Joice, a policeman turned barkeep whose Lion’s Head bar in Greenwich Village drew a wide-ranging literary circle, died Friday of lung cancer. He was 65.

Joice died at his New York City home, across the street from the Lion’s Head. The pub closed last year, two years after rising rents forced him to give up his stake.

He opened the Lion’s Head in 1966. Writers and editors from The Village Voice quickly became regulars, and soon the Lion’s Head was an institution, hailed by novelist Frederick Exley as ``America’s Last Great Saloon.″

Among those who liked to drop by were writers Norman Mailer and Pete Hamill, poet Joel Oppenheimer, comedian Jackie Mason, actors Bill Murray and William Hurt, and former mayors Edward Koch and David Dinkins.

A young Jessica Lange was a waitress there and musicians from the Clancy Brothers to Bob Dylan entertained in the back room.

Mailer and fellow writer Jimmy Breslin used the Lion’s Head as a campaign headquarters in their unsuccessful bid to take over City Hall in the 1960s.


PARIS (AP) _ Mathilda, the American-descended Duchess of Argyll, an ancient Scottish clan, died Friday. She was 71.

Mathilda Costner Mortimer was born Aug. 20, 1925, in Geneva, the daughter of Stanley Mortimer of Litchfield, Conn. She was raised in France by her grandparents, and then studied philosophy at Harvard.

Divorced in 1961 from her first husband, Clemens Heller, a professor of human sciences in Paris, she married the 11th Duke of Argyll in 1963.

Together they enjoyed traveling and Highland dancing, and gave lavish parties at the Argyll family seat, Inveraray Castle, in the Scottish county of Argyllshire. The duke died in 1973.

Richard G. Moisio

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Richard G. Moisio, former publisher of the Morning News of Florence, died Saturday. He was 64.

Moisio joined the Morning News in 1966, working as an advertising manager, business manager, and general manager before becoming publisher in 1979.

Moisio once was vice president of the South Carolina Press Association and a member of the Southern Newspaper Association. He was a member of the Rotary Club and a commissioner of the Florence City-County Airport.

Moisio is survived by his wife Frances, two sons and a daughter.

Isadore Rossman

NEW YORK (AP) _ Isadore Rossman, a geriatrics specialist who as early as the 1940s stressed the effectiveness of home care for many patients, died Tuesday. He was 84.

In 1947, Rossman founded a home care program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York that provided visiting nurses, social workers and occupational therapists to patients.

Since 1955, Rossman was medical director of the Home Health Agency, the successor of his original home care unit.

Allen Terry

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) _ Allen Terry, a TV nature show veteran who also wrestled alligators on the silver screen, died Saturday at age 63.

Terry, who was better known as Terry Allen, was seen wrestling a 14 1/2-foot alligator in two Tarzan movies and Walt Disney’s ``Silver Bell.″

Terry was a regular in such television shows including ``Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,″ ``Untamed World″ and ``Terry Allen’s Wildlife.″ He also was a member of Jacques Cousteau’s expedition team.

His film credits include ``Blindfold″ and ``Distant Drums″ with Gary Cooper, ``Don’t Give Up the Ship″ with Jerry Lewis, and ``Hatari″ with John Wayne.

An herpetologist and mammalogist, Terry was a member of the International Crocodillion Society, the American Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Institute.

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