George Van Brunt Cochran
NEW YORK (AP) _ Dr. George Van Brunt Cochran, an orthopedic surgeon, mountaineer and former president of the Explorers Club in New York, died on Monday in Ossining, N.Y., of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 70.
In 1957, Cochran made his first important expedition, exploring the Homathko Snowfield in the Coast Range of British Columbia and making his first ascents of four peaks.
In 1967, he led the Cape Dyer Arctic-Alpine Expedition to Baffin Island, and from 1967 to 1990, he headed six expeditions to Ellesmere Island in Canada.
Over the course of his life, he made 40 first ascents of peaks in Canada, the Himalayas and the Andes.
Cochran was president of the Explorers Club from 1981, the year the club first admitted to women, until 1985.
In 1980, Cochran founded and became director of the Orthopaedic Engineering and Research Center at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y.
He applied his knowledge of bone movement to the study of ice movements, designing equipment to track the path of glaciers. His work in the field contributed to the understanding of global climate change.
Edward B. Dugan
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) _ Retired University of Montana journalism professor Edward B. Dugan, who defended students’ rights to write provocative editorials in the 1960s, died in his sleep Thursday. He was 91.
``He was an extremely vigorous advocate of freedom of speech,″ said Dugan’s son, Frank Dugan. ``Considering the conservative views of the administration at the time, it took some courage for him to do that.″
During the 1960s, as adviser to UM’s student newspaper, Dugan found himself defending Kaiman editorials that advocated the legalization of prostitution, smoking marijuana on UM’s Oval and birth control for Roman Catholics.
At the time, one state official said he was withdrawing his daughter from UM, the editor’s uncle got a resolution passed at an American Legion convention condemning the Kaiman and the governor called UM’s president to complain.
``He did not always agree with them, but as long as it was not libelous, he defended the students’ right to write it,″ Frank Dugan said.
Dugan, who came to UM in 1937 and retired in 1974, twice served as acting dean of the journalism school, in 1964 and again in 1966-67.
In keeping with Dugan’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. ``Father was extremely explicit on that score,″ Frank Dugan said. ``And of course, I will honor that.″
Dugan is also survived by his wife, Lue.
BOSTON (AP) _ Boston Globe sports columnist Will McDonough, known for his blunt, opinionated style and criticism of big money’s influence on sports, died Thursday at his home in Hingham while watching ESPN’s ``SportsCenter.″ He was 67.
The cause of death had not yet been determined, although McDonough had a history of heart disease. He had a heart attack in 1990 and another one last month, but appeared fine following tests Thursday at Massachusetts General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
McDonough had worked for the Globe for more than 40 years. He was best-known for his coverage of the National Football League. He wrote about the NFL for more than 30 years and had covered every Super Bowl since the championship game began nearly four decades ago.
``For many decades, Will McDonough was the most influential reporter covering the NFL,″ league commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. ``All of us respected him as a professional; nearly all of us knew him as a friend. There can be no way that the Super Bowl later this month will be the same as the previous games.″
McDonough retired from the newspaper two years ago but continued writing a Saturday column. In McDonough’s last column, he criticized Boston Red Sox president and chief executive Larry Lucchino for spending too much time in California and not enough in Boston.
``I think (his last column) definitely shows that Will, despite his age, certainly did not lose his fastball right to the end,″ sports editor Don Skwar recalled on Friday. ``As long as he knew it was true he didn’t care if he ruffled feathers.″
Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal
NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal, a painter and sculptor whose subjects ranged from landscapes and pictures of animals to people in social settings, died Thursday. He was 101.
Despite his age, he continued to paint and exhibit until a year ago, said Aruna Bhowmick, art critic for The Statesman newspaper.
He won several national and international awards and was made an honorary citizen of Baltimore in 1988 and honorary fellow of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in 2001, The Hindustan Times newspaper said.
British colonial rulers forced him to quit as vice principal of the Mayo School of Arts in India for accepting a request to make a bust of Lala Lajpat Rai, a leader of India’s independence movement.
After the Indian subcontinent was divided at independence he set up a forum for arts, known as Delhi Shilpi Chakra, which developed the post-independence art style of the Indian capital, and he headed the Fine Arts Department of the New Delhi College of Art.
In 1984, the Indian government honored him with the Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third-highest civilian award.
LONDON (AP) _ Peter Tinniswood, a prolific author of plays for TV, radio and stage, died Thursday of cancer. He was 66.
He was best known for ``Tales From A Long Room,″ a series of stories about cricket, a lifelong passion, and the BBC sitcom, ``I Didn’t Know You Cared.″ The long-running show featured the colorful Brandon family, including the indomitable Uncle Mort, like Tinniswood a northerner who contracts cancer.
Some of his plays for radio starred such luminaries as Dame Judi Dench, Timothy West and Billie Whitelaw.
Tinniswood began his career as a journalist but increasingly turned to writing drama. Some of his plays have been staged at the National Theatre in London and Bristol’s Old Vic, with several directed by fellow playwright Alan Ayckbourn.
He regarded newer productions like ``Croak, Croak, Croak″ and ``The Last Obit″ as some of his best work. Also recently, he worked on a TV adaptation of H.E. Bates’ ``Uncle Silas,″ starring Albert Finney.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Steve Young, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, died Thursday of cancer. He was 49.
Young, a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and a 26-year member of the FOP, was elected president in 2001.
The FOP is the nation’s largest law enforcement labor organization, with more than 300,000 members.
Young was also an active duty police officer, serving as a lieutenant in the Marion City Police Department in Ohio until his death.
Young helped create the Ohio Labor Council, with more than 8,000 members. The group aims to improve the effectiveness of management and labor negotiations within police forces.