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Obituaries in the News

May 16, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Aurora Castillo, an award-winning environmentalist who rallied residents to ward off a prison, toxic-waste facilities and an oil pipeline from East Los Angeles, died April 30 of leukemia. She was 84.

In 1995, she became the first Los Angeles resident, Hispanic woman and oldest person to win the $75,000 Goldman Environmental Prize, which has been called the Nobel Prize of environmentalists.

In 1986, when a priest urged a women’s group to protest the construction of a $100 million state prison _ the eighth penal facility in East Los Angeles _ Ms. Castillo responded by rallying residents to peaceful protests. State authorities located the prison elsewhere in 1992.

Irwin Randolph Hedges

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Irwin Randolph Hedges, an international trade specialist who was the first coordinator of the U.S. Food for Peace program, died Wednesday of a stroke. He was 83.

Hedges began his government career in 1935 in Texas. He moved to Washington during World War II and developed price control measures for dairy products as an official in the Office of Price Stabilization.

In the 1950s, Hedges worked in France, Turkey and Switzerland, administering agriculture-related foreign aid programs and acting as an agriculture attache. In the 1960s he helped negotiate multilateral trade agreements.

He returned to the foreign assistance program in 1967 as deputy assistant administrator of the Agency for International Development’s War on Hunger. Hedges retired in 1974.

J. Timothy Hogan

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) _ J. Timothy Hogan, Taunton Daily Gazette publisher, was found dead Thursday, an apparent suicide, four days after he went missing. He was 36.

Hogan’s body was found in his pickup truck Thursday night. Police indicated he died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and that foul play was not suspected.

Hogan left a four-page, handwritten letter indicating he planned to commit suicide because of severe depression and described problems he had trying to get psychiatric help.

Hogan was named publisher of the Gazette last February. The following month, the Gazette began Sunday editions under his direction.

Hogan had been controller at The Trentonian in Trenton, N.J., for nearly seven years, and previously worked for Park Communications Inc., a newspaper company in Ithaca, N.Y., and newspapers in Kingston, N.Y., and Pottstown, Pa.

Douglas Gordon Huff

FILLMORE, Calif. (AP) _ Douglas Gordon Huff, editor and publisher of the weekly Fillmore Herald, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

Huff was editor and publisher of the Fillmore Herald from 1987 until three weeks ago, when his brother David took over because he was too ill.

He was a reporter for The Orange County Register, a stringer for The Associated Press and United Press International, and publisher of the Desert Sentinel in Lake Havasu from 1971 to 1981.

He also served two years on the California Newspaper Publishers Association Board of Directors.

In September, Huff dropped a lawsuit against the city of Fillmore and the Herald’s rival newspaper, the Fillmore Gazette.

The Gazette had offered a year’s worth of free legal ads to the city as gratitude for the city providing the paper with a temporary building after its offices were damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Huff claimed the arrangement was designed to deprive the Herald of revenue.

Survivors include his parents, two brothers and a sister.

J.R. McKinley

De QUEEN, Ark. (AP) _ J.R. McKinley, a longtime editor of the De Queen Bee and Daily Citizen newspapers, died Friday. He was 82.

McKinley was named editor of the De Queen Bee and Daily Citizen in 1953 and wrote a column for both newspapers. He earned numerous journalism awards. In February, 1990 the Arkansas Press Association presented McKinley with its Golden 50 award, honoring him for 50 years in the news business.

McKinley was a member of the state Parks and Tourism Commission under Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller.

He is survived by his wife, Wynne Gray McKinley; two sons; a daughter; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Wesley A. Pomeroy

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Wesley A. Pomeroy, who was in charge of security at Woodstock and at two Republican conventions, died May 4. He was 78.

Pomeroy, who also was chief of police in Berkeley, Calif., began his law enforcement career with the California Highway Patrol in 1942.

Pomeroy directed police protection at the 1964 Republican Convention at the Cow Palace just south of San Francisco. He directed security at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Later, he worked with Miami Beach Police Chief Rocky Pomerance to maintain order at the 1968 Republican Convention.

He was Berkeley’s police chief from 1974 to 1977, when he became a fellow on the Drug Abuse Council of Washington, D.C. He later was assistant director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Mental Health and executive director of the Metro Dade County, Fla., Independent Review Panel, a police oversight board for the Miami area.

Walter Rogosheske

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Walter Rogosheske died Friday of a heart attack. He was 83.

Rogosheske served on the Supreme Court from 1962 to 1982. He was appointed to the court by Gov. Elmer L. Anderson.

His legal career also included 18 years on the district court bench, lecturing at the University of Minnesota Law School and overseeing development of prosecution and defense standards for the American Bar Association.

Karolj Seles

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Karolj Seles, the father and coach of women’s tennis star Monica Seles, died Thursday of cancer. He was 64.

Until Seles took ill, he had been Monica’s only coach.

An award-winning editorial cartoonist in his native Yugoslavia, Seles used his artistic talent to teach Monica and his son, Zoltan, the fundamentals of tennis.

Seles coached Zoltan, now 33, who became a top junior player, and Monica, now 24, who became the top woman tennis player in the world.

Seles was very protective of his daughter, especially after she was stabbed by a fan during a match on April 30, 1993.

Despite a condition continually weakened by the cancer and the treatments, Seles attended many of Monica’s tournaments. He last saw her play in August in Atlanta.

Seles became a United States citizen last October.

Frank Sinatra

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Frank Sinatra, the brash young idol who became the premier romantic balladeer of American popular music and the ``chairman of the board″ to millions of fans, has died of a heart attack. He was 82.

``Ol’ Blue Eyes″ was a master craftsman and ranked as one of the most influential singers in this country’s history. With more than 200 records, his music led the evolution from Big Band to vocal American music.

President Clinton paid tribute from Birmingham, England, where he is attending an economic summit. ``I was an enormous admirer of his,″ Clinton said. ``I think every American would have to smile and say he really did do it his way.″

His signature songs included ``Night and Day,″ ``Young at Heart,″ ``One for My Baby,″ ``How About You?″ ``Day by Day,″ ``New York, New York,″ ``Come Fly With Me,″ ``Strangers in the Night,″ and, with daughter Nancy, ``Somethin’ Stupid,″ a No. 1 smash during the rock era. Twyla Tharp choreographed a program called ``Nine Sinatra Songs.″

His movie credits include musicals _ ``Anchors Aweigh,″ ``On The Town,″ ``Guys and Dolls,″ ``The Tender Trap,″ ``High Society,″ ``Pal Joey″ _ and grittier fare, such as ``The Manchurian Candidate,″ ``Von Ryan’s Express″ and ``The Man With the Golden Arm,″ which brought him his other Oscar nomination.

He received the Kennedy Center honor in 1983 and was awarded the Medal of Freedom by his friend President Reagan in 1985.

Sinatra had new success in the ’90s with his ``Duets″ album and its Grammy-winning sequel, ``Duets II.″ They combined him with a wide array of fellow singers, including rocker Bono of U2, Barbra Streisand and Julio Iglesias.

Rudy West

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) _ Rudy West, one of the original members of The Five Keys, who recorded such 1950s hits as ``The Glory of Love,″ ``Close Your Eyes,″ and ``Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind,″ died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 65.

``Ling, Ting, Tong″ was a No. 28 pop hit in 1954. That was followed by the ballad ``Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind,″ which reached No. 23 in 1956, and ``Wisdom of a Fool,″ which hit No. 35 in 1957.

Despite the group’s success, West never made much money, and eventual took a job with the Postal Service. After his retirement in 1981, he performed sporadically on the oldies circuit. His last performance was last month at the Dochiki Club in Newport News.

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation gave The Five Keys a prestigious Pioneer Award in 1991. The next year, the group was inducted into the doowop hall of fame.

Clyde Landon Wills

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Clyde Landon Wills, a ``good crusader″ when he was the outspoken editor and owner of the McLean County News, died Thursday. He was 81.

Wills bought the weekly newspaper for $680 in 1946.

He became president of the Kentucky Press Association and the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

Wills espoused political views that often were unpopular in the rural Calhoun area. He took on the issues of strip mining and desegregation. He also championed public housing and a local library.

Wills said he bought the newspaper as a means to political influence but eventually sold it. He came to Frankfort in the 1970s and worked as a policy analyst at the Cabinet for Human Resources. He retired in 1988.

He was volunteer publisher of Bluegrass Roots, a journal of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, for the past 23 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ilene Blake Wills, a sister and six sons.

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