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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.

Bealmear was born in Hunnewell, Kan., and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert, of Nashville, Tenn., and a brother, William, of Midland, Texas.

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.

Diosdado P. Macapagal

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Diosdado P. Macapagal, the president who introduced the Philippines’ first tentative land reform law, died of a heart attack Monday. He was 86.

Macapagal, the country’s fifth president, was defeated in 1965 by Ferdinand Marcos, whose subsequent authoritarian rule lasted 20 years.

In 1963, his government passed a land reform act that said having landless peasants was ``contrary to public policy and shall be abolished.″

Inadequate appropriations and opposition from landlords resulted in little change, however.

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 Dachau where he recruited fellow inmates who had been in Munich and Vienna orchestras 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.

``I realized in Dachau that the arts in general have the power to keep you not just alive, but to make your life meaningful even under the most dreadful circumstances,″ he said.

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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