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Mario Ferrari Aggradi

December 25, 1997

Mario Ferrari Aggradi

ROME (AP) _ Mario Ferrari Aggradi, who served as a minister in nine of Italy’s Christian Democratic governments, has died at the age of 81, Italian news agencies said Wednesday.

They did not give the cause of his death.

Aggradi began his political career after World War II, when he was named head of a state institute to aid the country’s reconstruction, a post he held for 12 years.

He was agriculture minister in four governments and also held the transport, finance, treasury, and post and communications portfolios at various times.

William B. Arthur

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) _ Journalist William B. Arthur, who was the editor at Look Magazine, died of cancer Dec. 10. He was 83.

Arthur began his journalism career at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1937.

He joined Look in Washington in 1946 and worked at the magazine until it folded in 1971. He moved to the magazine’s New York offices in 1949 and held a number of positions before being appointed editor in 1966.

He was involved with several national journalism groups and was president of the national journalism fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi, from 1968-1969.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Frances, two sons, William and Richard, and four grandchildren.

Marion Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Marion Bell, who starred in the musical ``Brigadoon,″ died Dec. 14. She was 78.

She was best known for her appearance as Fiona in 1947′s ``Brigadoon.″ The role won her the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best leading lady in musical theater and the Donaldson Award for best debut performance by an actress in a musical.

She was married and divorced three times, including a two-year marriage to ``Brigadoon’s″ writer, Alan Jay Lerner.

Bell appeared in numerous concerts and musicals nationwide, and spent her later years as a voice teacher in Culver City.

Vincent Ciccone

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (AP) _ Vincent R. Ciccone, a candy maker who invented the ``Blow Pop″ lollipop and made candied throat lozenges possible, died Saturday. He was 81.

Ciccone, a son of Italian immigrants, took his first job sweeping floors at the Charms Candy Co. in Bloomfield at age 16. He retired in 1990 as president and chief executive officer of the company that made square hard candies and lollipops.

Ciccone, who was both a candy maker and a chemist, secured more than 20 patents during his career for techniques that contributed to the development of mass production of penicillin and revolutionized the manufacture of hard candy and chocolate.

Called ``Mr. Charms″ and ``The Lollipop King,″ he created a lollipop with a bubble-gum center known to millions as the ``Blow Pop.″

He also invented a way to combine medicines with hard candies without reducing the drug’s effectiveness, a technique now used widely in the making of throat lozenges.

Les Harrison

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Basketball Hall of Famer Les Harrison died Tuesday of complications from a stroke. He was 93.

Harrison was a charter member of the National Basketball Association. He was coach and owner of the 1951 Rochester Royals team that won the NBA title.

He won 397 games as a coach, which at one point ranked him sixth in career winning percentage in NBA history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

Thomas L. ``Sonny″ Hays

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Thomas L. ``Sonny″ Hays, the longest-serving inmate on Oklahoma’s death row, died Monday after being admitted to a hospital for congestive heart failure. He was 61.

Hays entered the prison system on June 30, 1977, for killing Everett Leonard Vance, a Muskogee shoe repairman who was shot in the back and neck.

Hays’ first scheduled execution date was Sept. 14, 1981. Appeals and legal challenges caused that date and many others to come and go.

In 1986, District Judge William Bliss ruled Hays was incompetent and could not be allowed to continue his appeals. He was sent back to death row, but could not be executed because of the incompetency ruling.

Toshiro Mifune

TOKYO (AP) _ Toshiro Mifune, a Japanese icon who starred in more than 130 Japanese and English-language films, often as a swashbuckling samurai, died Wednesday. He was 77.

Mifune’s characters were typically strong and highly disciplined, leading some fans to brand him the Japanese John Wayne.

He died at a hospital in Mitaka, Kyodo news agency reported. News reports gave the cause of death as multiple organ failure, without elaborating.

Hollywood widely imitated Mifune’s movies: His classics ``The Seven Samurai″ and ``Yojimbo″ were remade, respectively, as ``The Magnificent Seven″ and ``Fistful of Dollars.″

Born in China in 1920 and repatriated to Japan after World War II, Mifune became an employee of the film company Toho Co. in 1946. He had planned to work as an assistant cameraman, but decided to audition for acting roles.

He appeared in his first movie in 1947, and the following year starred in the Akira Kurosawa film ``Yoidore Tenshi″ (Drunken Angel). In all, Mifune acted in 16 Kurosawa movies, including a leading role in ``Rashomon″ in 1950.

Edwin P. Neilan

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) _ Edwin P. Neilan, who fought expansion of the federal government when he headed the U. S. Chamber of Commerce in 1963-64, died Saturday. He was 92.

Neilan was elected president of the chamber in 1963, then a year later became chairman of its board. He attacked President Johnson’s War on Poverty as a ``billion-dollar boondoggle″ designed to win votes rather than help the poor.

Neilan was born in Mason County, Mich., in 1905. He graduated from Rice University in 1928. He began working in a Houston bank, then went to Federal Reserve banks of Dallas, New York and Philadelphia.

Neilan joined the Bank of Delaware in 1940 and became chairman in 1959. He retired in 1970.

Bernard Schwartz

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Bernard Schwartz, a University of Tulsa law professor and recognized U.S. Supreme Court historian, was struck and killed by a car Tuesday. He was 74.

Schwartz wrote more than 65 books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from Napoleonic civil code to American regulatory agencies. But he was best known for his knowledge of the Supreme Court.

In November, he was invited to speak in the Supreme Court chambers on the life of Earl Warren as chief justice.

Schwartz spent 45 years teaching at his alma mater, New York University. He taught at Tulsa for five years.

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