Janet Frame

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ Janet Frame, who overcame mental illness to become one of New Zealand's most acclaimed authors, died Thursday. She was 79.

Frame, whose three-part autobiography was turned into the film ``Angel at my Table,'' died in Dunedin Hospital. The hospital said she suffered from acute leukemia.

Frame was diagnosed while young as suffering from schizophrenia and came close to having a lobotomy. She published her first book, ``The Lagoon and Other Stories,'' in 1951, and her first novel, ``Owls Do Cry,'' in 1957.

Widely acclaimed as the most accomplished and talented New Zealand writer since Katherine Mansfield, Frame won accolades from New Zealand, Britain and the United States.

In her autobiography, Frame revealed she suffered several years of electric shock treatment for schizophrenia before doctors decided on a lobotomy. The operation was canceled after a collection of Frame's short stories won a literary prize.

When Frame later went to England, it was found her schizophrenia had been misdiagnosed. A British psychiatrist said she was just someone who preferred to be alone, and who was different from most other people.

Frame wrote 11 novels, five short story collections, a poetry collection and her three-volume autobiography.


Russell Walseth

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ Russell ``Sox'' Walseth, the winningest men's basketball coach at the University of Colorado, died Wednesday at his home two years after contracting cancer. He was 77.

Walseth also guided the Colorado women's team from 1980 to 1983 after he was coaxed out of his retirement as a coach and ended with a 77-21 record.

He took over the men's program in the 1956-57 season, compiling a 261-245 record and winning three Big Eight Conference titles. Walseth retired as coach the first time in 1976, but remained an administrator with the athletic department.

The basketball floor at the university's Coors Events/Conference Center is named for Walseth, inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. He was added to the university's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.