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March 13, 1998

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) _ Jim Bannon, a longtime editor at the Anderson Herald Bulletin, died Thursday of a brain aneurysm. He was 64.

Bannon was the Herald Bulletin’s opinion page editor and wrote a semiweekly column. He started at the Anderson Daily Bulletin in 1955 as a reporter and became the first editor of The Herald Bulletin following the merger with The Anderson Herald in 1987.

Bannon also worked for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, WANE-TV Channel 15 in Fort Wayne, The Associated Press in Louisville, Ky., and The Kokomo Tribune. He also owned several weekly publications and served as assistant publisher of Anderson Newspapers Inc.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn.

John Thomas Boehm

SEATTLE (AP) _ John Thomas ``Tom″ Boehm, Canadian consul general in Seattle since October 1996, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 56.

Boehm’s prior posts included acting ambassador to Cuba, minister of political and public affairs in London and director general of personnel operations in the Foreign Ministry.

Boehm was named to the Seattle post, responsible for Canadian relations in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, to help resolve West Coast salmon treaty issues.

Charles Edward Hall

OCALA, Fla. (AP) _ Charles Edward Hall, the AIDS patient who battled unsuccessfully to the Florida Supreme Court for the right to assisted suicide, died Monday. He was 36.

Hall contracted AIDS in 1984. He went to court in 1996 with two other terminally ill men, challenging the state’s 128-year-old law which classifies assisted suicide as manslaughter.

By the time the case went to trial in January 1997, the other plaintiffs had died.

A lower court judge said a doctor could help Hall only in Palm Beach County. Hall appealed to the Supreme Court to extend the rights to Citrus County, where he lived, and to other terminally ill patients.

The court refused in July, saying a privacy clause in the state’s constitution did not extend to physician-assisted suicides.

David N. Hume

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ David N. Hume, who worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb during World War II, died March 2. He was 81.

Hume was an expert on gas chromatography and flame photometry. He taught chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1947 until he retired in 1976.

Hume was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1954 and 1955 and received the Fisher award in analytical chemistry in 1963. He also co-wrote ``Intoxication Test Evidence,″ a legal textbook on chemical tests for intoxication that is used today.

Buddy Jeannette

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) _ Buddy Jeannette, a Hall of Fame basketball player who played on six championship teams in four cities and three pro leagues, died Wednesday of a stroke. He was 80.

Jeannette played for the National Basketball League, the American Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America.

Jeannette led the Baltimore Bullets to the 1947-48 BAA championships as a player-coach.

Jeannette played 10 years for several title teams, including the Detroit Eagles, the Sheboygan Redskins and the Fort Wayne Pistons. He won four Most Valuable Player awards.

After retiring in 1950, Jeannette returned as coach and general manager of the Bullets until 1967. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1994.

Estelle Kelly

HONOLULU (AP) _ Estelle Kelley, the woman who helped to start the Outrigger hotel chain, died Tuesday. She was 91.

Kelly and her husband started their hotel empire in 1947, when they opened the Islander Hotel and charged $7.50 a night for a room.

Since then, Outrigger has become the largest hotel chain in Hawaii, with 29 resorts and condominiums throughout the state. The company also owns hotels elsewhere in the Pacific.

Jose Laurel Jr.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Former House Speaker Jose Laurel Jr., who backed the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos but then helped lead the opposition against him, died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia. He was 85.

Laurel was a son of President Jose Laurel, who headed a caretaker government during the Japanese occupation in World War II.

The younger Laurel was in the House of Representatives from 1941 to 1972, serving three terms as speaker and also as minority leader.

He recruited Marcos into the Nacionalista Party, which drafted Marcos as its presidential candidate in 1965. Marcos won, was re-elected in 1969 and imposed one-man rule in 1972.

Laurel and his brothers Salvador, a former senator and vice president, later became leaders of the opposition.

After Marcos’ ouster in February 1986, Laurel was appointed to a commission to draft a new constitution.

Manuel Pineiro Losada

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Manuel Pineiro Losada, who in 1959 fought alongside Fidel Castro’s brother Raul during the struggle that brought Castro to power, died Thursday in an automobile accident. He was 63.

Pineiro, known as ``Red Beard,″ was a veteran leader of Cuba’s revolution who later oversaw efforts to spread socialism to other nations.

He also headed the Communist Party’s Americas Department, which maintained ties with revolutionary movements throughout the continent.

Patricia Colbert Robinson

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Patricia Colbert Robinson, author, poet, playwright and actress, died Wednesday. She was 75.

Robinson wrote several plays including ``Syllabub,″ ``Hiddydaddy,″ ``The Burning Tide″ and ``Rare Fine Towne.″

Frank Wootten

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) _ Frank Wootten, a former Oakland Tribune reporter who spent more than half a century covering politics, crime and the rise of the east San Francisco Bay area, died Wednesday. He was 86.

Wootten’s 54-year career included stints as city editor, assistant managing editor and state editor. The only time he was away from the Tribune was during World War II and for a brief period in the 1960s when he published his own newspaper in Atwater.

Wootten retired in 1987, after 13 years covering Contra Costa County.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and two daughters.

Beatrice Wood

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Beatrice Wood, a freethinking potter and artist known as the ``Mama of Dada″ whose spunky character became the prototype for the aging Rose in the movie ``Titanic,″ died Thursday at age 105.

At 18, Ms. Wood moved from New York to Europe to study drama. She returned at the time of World War I where her first love was with Henri-Pierre Roche, author and diplomat. She soon became involved with Marcel Duchamp, a central figure in the Dada Movement, a protest art style founded in 1916.

Ms. Wood joined the Theosophical Society in New York in 1923 and moved to Los Angeles five years later. In 1937, she opened a studio. In 1940, she had her first exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ms. Wood’s work features iridescent and lustrous glazes applied to teapots, bowls and chalices as well as whimsical figures and animal forms. Her works command as much as $40,000 apiece.

In 1985, she published an autobiography, ``I Shock Myself,″ which inspired director James Cameron to center the ``Titanic″ tale around the life of an aging artist. Only days before her death, she met with Cameron and actress Gloria Stuart, who fashioned the role of 101-year-old Rose after Ms. Wood.

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