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Obituaries in the News

April 19, 2000

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Eberhard Bethge, a Protestant theologian and biographer arrested after the failed 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, died March 18 of pneumonia. He was 90.

Bethge was best known for his biography of Protestant theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffe, the uncle of Bethge’s wife who died in Flossenbuerg concentration camp. As a friend of Bonhoeffer, Bethge was arrested along with dozens of others after the failed attempt to kill Hitler July 20, 1944.

After the war, Bethge worked as an assistant to Berlin Bishop Otto Dibelius, and later as a pastor in London and as the head of the pastoral college of the Rhineland churches in Germany.

Bethge, an honorary professor of the University of Bonn since 1969, worked for renewal of a dialogue and good relations between Christians and Jews. He was an honorary doctor of the universities of Glasgow, Scotland, and Bern, Switzerland, and of Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Reese Hart

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Reese Hart, an Associated Press newsman and sportswriter in Raleigh for more than two decades and a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Writers Association, died Tuesday. He was 85.

During the 1940s and 1950s, he wrote for crime magazines, and his cartoons were published in the Richmond Daily Journal.

After working for United Press International, Hart joined the AP in the early 1950s. He worked in the Raleigh bureau until his retirement in 1978.

Hart is survived by two sons, Reese Hart Jr. of Charlotte and Jerry Hart of Columbus, Ohio.

H. Devereaux Jennings

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ H. Devereaux Jennings, a member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic ski team and an early booster of the Olympics for Utah, died Friday. He was 75.

Jennings was on the 1948 team at the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

In World War II, Jennings was a member of the 10th Mountain Division, a special services unit trained in wintertime warfare. After the war, he returned to Utah where he founded Sporthaus, a sports, fashion and ski shop.

In early 1966, he was part of a team of government and business leaders that went to Rome to pitch Salt Lake City for the 1972 winter Olympics. Sapporo, Japan, won the bid.

He was elected to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1989.

Alice Sheets Marriott

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Alice Sheets Marriott, who began working at her husband’s root beer stand and helped him build a worldwide hotel chain, died Tuesday. She was 92.

She married J. Willard Marriott in 1927 and went to work as a bookkeeper in a Washington root beer stand he had opened. A few months later, Mrs. Marriott got recipes from the chef at the Mexican Embassy and began cooking for spicy food for the stand. It was renamed The Hot Shoppe and became a chain that eventually grew to 100 stores in 11 states.

The Marriotts branched out to other businesses, principally hotels. Marriott today comprises five companies with combined annual sales of $20 billion.

Mrs. Marriott also served as trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

W. Jack Schroeder

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ W. Jack Schroeder, an attorney and television host whose broadcasting career spanned 50 years, died Sunday of cancer. He was 69.

Schroeder’s shows included ``Straight Talk With Jack Schroeder″ and ``Primetime 9″ on public television station WNIN. He also practiced law with the firm Merrill, Schroeder and Johnson from 1958 to 1999.

Schroeder is survived by his wife, Gretchen; three daughters; a son; and four grandchildren.

Joe Williamson

CORTE MADERA, Calif. (AP) _ Joe Williamson, longtime editor of Sunset Magazine, died April 10. He was 75.

Williamson began working for Sunset, a Western states publication covering gardening, travel, outdoor living and home decor, while studying at Stanford University. He worked as garden editor and managing editor before his retirement in 1990.

Williamson is survived by his wife, Marcia, a son, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

Williamson was a descendant of survivors of the Donner Party, the ill-fated 1846 band of pioneers heading west over the Sierra Nevada. Many in the 89-member group resorted to cannibalism to survive a harsh winter that killed 42 of them.

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