Obituaries in the News
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Curtis Carlson, who started with a $55 loan during the Great Depression and built it into the giant Carlson Companies Inc. that included Radisson Hotels Worldwide, died Friday. He was 84.
The company, with 147,000 employees, also includes Carlson Marketing Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel franchises, A.T. Mays travel agencies, Country Inns and Suites, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, and TGI Friday’s and Italianni’s restaurants.
Carlson started with the Gold Bond Stamp Co. and built it into Carlson Companies with $7.8 billion in annual revenue in 1998. The Carlson name was worth another $14.2 billion in annual revenue to franchises and other businesses licensed by the company.
From 1938 to 1978, Gold Bond grew at a rate of 30 percent a year, never failing to meet sales goals set by the founder. During the post-World War II era when trading stamps were in their heyday, Gold Bond broke new ground by signing up such non-traditional accounts as rural movie theaters, feed mills, turkey hatcheries and mortuaries.
Until stricken, Carlson had remained active in the company. But he had turned over control last year to his daughter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson.
LAUREL, Md. (AP) _ Richard ``Dickie″ Dutrow, the Maryland horse trainer behind such winners as King’s Swan and Lite the Fuse, died Friday of cancer. He was 61.
He came into prominence in the early 1970s by winning four consecutive training titles at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. Dutrow set what was then a record in 1975 by training 352 winners, according to a statement from Laurel Park.
Dutrow moved his training operation to New York in 1984, training several stakes winners, including King’s Swan, who retired with earnings of almost $2 million.
In 1997, Dutrow relocated his stable to Maryland, where he won 58 more races on the circuit.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) _ Glenn Flint, a pioneer in television news in Fargo, N.D., and later an executive of KCMT-TV, died Wednesday from complications following cancer treatment. He was 75.
Flint worked at WDAY radio in Fargo as a member of the station orchestra while attending Moorhead State. In 1949, he was hired as the station’s news director.
When WDAY added television in 1953, Flint became the station’s first news anchor and was one of the station’s first news directors.
Two years later, he became an administrative assistant to North Dakota Sen. Milton Young.
Flint returned to broadcasting in 1958 as general manager and vice president of KCMT-TV in Alexandria.
He was past president of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association and the Northwest Radio-TV News Association.
Survivors include his wife Avis Swanson Flint and four children.
TOKYO (AP) _ Teruo Kawamoto, who fought for victims of mercury poisoning in Japan, died Thursday of liver cancer. He was 67.
Kawamoto headed a group of victims of ``Minamata disease,″ the sickness that resulted from tons of mercury being dumped into the sea surrounding the town beginning in 1932 and ending in the 1960s.
Hundreds died and thousands were disabled by the disease, which caused nervous system damage in the victims and birth defects in their children.
While Kawamoto suffered from mercury poisoning himself, his death from cancer was not directly related to Minamata disease.
James Kenneth McLean
POINT CLEAR, Ala. (AP) _ James Kenneth McLean, a pioneer in the creation of containerized shipping, died Wednesday. He was 80.
McLean built McLean Trucking Co. from the ground up with his brother and sister during the 1940s. By 1955, the McLeans had moved to Mobile to purchase Waterman Steamship Co. and its then-subsidiary, Pan-Atlantic Steamship Co.
While shipping goods to the Far East, the Mediterranean, Pacific ports and Northern Europe, the McLeans had the idea of outfitting steamships to carry tractor-trailer containers. They converted ships with what they called ``cells″ _ holding bays for hundreds of truck containers onboard each vessel. The containers, once off-loaded, could be shipped over land by trucks or trains.
Known for his many business interests, McLean owned the Grand Hotel, a tranquil resort near Point Clear on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, from 1966 to 1981. He most recently was chairman of the Corporation of Magnolia Trace Inc., a real estate development company.
LONDON (AP) _ Geoffrey Moore, a writer and academic who was instrumental in pioneering American studies as a discipline in British universities, died Feb. 5. He was 78.
In the late 1940s, he accepted an invitation to teach English literature at the University of Wisconsin. It was there he became captivated with American lifestyle and culture.
He later moved to Tulane University in New Orleans for four years. In New Orleans, he produced a radio program that put him in touch with writers, including a young Gore Vidal.
Moore returned to Britain in 1952 as an advocate of American literature, and the years following were central in his career. He worked as a producer for the British Broadcasting Corp., wrote for the Times Literary Supplement and edited the first of his influential anthologies of American writing.
Moore founded the Department of American Studies at the University of Hull, which is the longest surviving program of its type in Britain.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Norman Roth, an award-winning interior designer, died of heart failure on Wednesday. He was 72.
The Norman Roth & Associates design studio primarily decorated homes in the San Francisco Bay area, but had clients as far away as Saudi Arabia, Spain and the Philippines.
Roth also did the interior design for the Napa Valley Wine Train, a popular restored set of vintage Pullman carriages featuring polished woods, etched glass, custom carpeting and fabrics and velveteen high-backed chairs.
Roth was formerly president of the West Coast chapter of the National Society of Interior Designers. In 1990, the chapter honored Roth with its Designer Excellence Award.