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January 15, 1998

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ John Anderson, the only coach in Brown history to win an Ivy League football championship, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 65.

He began coaching at Brown in 1973, after the team struggled through eight consecutive losing seasons. Anderson turned the program around, recording eight winning seasons from 1973 to 1980.

His 1976 team captured Brown’s only Ivy League championship with an 8-1 overall record and a 6-1 Ivy record.

Anderson compiled a 60-39-3 overall record before leaving Brown for the New England Institute of Technology. He moved to Florida in 1984 to direct the school’s Palm Beach program and retired about two years ago.

Arturo Enrile

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Arturo Enrile, the Philippine’s transportation secretary and retired military chief, died Wednesday, two days after being hospitalized with blood poisoning. He was 57.

Enrile was appointed to his Cabinet post last April, less than a year after retiring from the military leadership position he held since 1994. His appointment stirred controversy over charges that President Fidel Ramos, also a former military chief, was packing his inner circle with former military men.

Enrile served with the Philippine contingent in the Vietnam War. He also helped negotiate the surrender of mutinous troops who occupied buildings in Manila during a coup attempt against former President Corazon Aquino in December 1989.

John E. Fisher

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ John E. Fisher, the retired president and chief executive officer of Nationwide Insurance, died Tuesday of lung cancer. He was 68.

Fisher rose from an underwriter trainee to head what is now the country’s fourth-largest auto insurer and fifth-largest homeowner insurer.

He was promoted to president and general manager of the Nationwide Insurance Companies in 1972.

During his 22 years as Nationwide’s top officer, Fisher directed an unprecedented expansion that saw the company’s assets grow from $1.8 billion to $42.2 billion.

Nationwide’s board of directors in 1981 elected Fisher the company’s general chairman and chief executive officer, positions he held until 1992, when he gradually began to step down. Fisher fully retired in 1994.

Frank P. Lamendola

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Frank P. Lamendola, a pioneer in the hospice field and cofounder of Minnetonka-based Journeywell, died Sunday from AIDS. He was 48.

Journeywell is a national educational and consulting organization for caregivers of seriously ill patients.

After he learned that he had been infected with the HIV virus in 1982, he went around the country talking to people about his experiences with the disease.

Lamendola also helped found the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, a prominent local singing group expected to perform at his funeral service.

Vladimir Prelog

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ Vladimir Prelog, a co-winner of the 1975 Nobel prize for chemistry, died Jan. 7. He was 91.

In 1957, he became head of the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology’s institute for organic chemistry.

Prelog was awarded the Nobel prize in 1975 for research into the stereochemistry of organic molecules and their reactions catalyzed by enzymes. He shared the prize with John W. Cornforth of Britain and Australia.

Emanuel Revici

NEW YORK (AP) _ Emanuel Revici, a controversial physician who pioneered an alternative treatment for cancer and had his medical license revoked for several years, died Friday. He was 101.

Born in Bucharest, Revici settled in New York in 1947.

He believed metabolic imbalances cause cancer growth and administered lipids to balance that disturbance. Much of the medical establishment believed his method did not work and the American Cancer Society warned people against seeking his treatment.

In 1985, a woman won a $1 million judgment against Revici, but the judge reduced the award to $500,000, saying the woman was negligent in choosing to be treated by Revici.

New York began holding hearings in 1985 after complaints from several former patients and Revici’s license was revoked in 1993.

His license was restored in November. The Revici Life Science Center in Manhattan continues to offer his therapies.

Nando Ricci

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) _ Nando Ricci, a retired master potter whose signed pieces are sought by collectors and are in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., died Sunday. He was 86.

He was master potter at the Dorchester Pottery Co. in Boston for 35 years, until the factory closed in 1979.

The city of Boston has designated the pottery building a historical landmark. A nonprofit foundation has been created to restore it and turn it into a museum.

Paul Smoker

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) _ Paul Smoker, a peace studies professor, activist and writer, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 59.

Smoker studied mathematics and physics at the University of London from 1957-60, then went to work for the anti-nuclear group Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. He later helped set up the Peace Research Centre in Lancaster, England, organized marches and protests against nuclear weapons and wrote books and articles about peace issues and nuclear arms.

He was a founding member of the British Conflict Research Society, the European Peace Research Association and the International Peace Research Association.

Robert C. Townsend

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert C. Townsend, a former president of Avis Rent-a-Car who wrote a best-selling, iconoclastic business manual, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 77.

As president of Avis from 1962 until it was acquired by ITT Corp. in 1965, Townsend took the company from one that lost $3 million a year to one that made $2.8 million in profit. He launched Avis’ ``We Try Harder″ advertising campaign, a motto that remains today.

In 1970, Townsend published ``Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporations from Stifling People and Strangling Profits.″

Over the years, he also worked or advised for American Express Co., Dun & Bradstreeet, 20th Century Fox, Psychology Today and others.

Ron Weisen

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Ron Weisen, a United Steelworkers of America union leader who fought for the rights of laid-off mill workers, died Monday of brain cancer. He was 62.

Weisen disrupted both U.S. Steel Corp. board meetings and union conventions with his activist style.

He was a leader of Denominational Ministry Strategy, a protest movement during the closing of steel mills in the 1980s.

Weisen once dressed up as a bishop for a protest on the steps of a Roman Catholic church and read a list of statements that included, ``Thou shalt not close factories,″ and, ``Thou shalt not cause unemployment.″

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