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April 24, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ Ian Campbell, the 12th Duke of Argyll, the chief of Clan Campbell who rebuilt his family’s fortune and its castle, died Sunday while undergoing heart surgery. He was 63.

Campbell worked as an export executive for Rank Xerox in the late 1960s, and succeeded to the dukedom after his father died in 1973.

When a fire severely damaged Inveraray Castle, the family home overlooking Loch Fyne, he appealed for help to Campbells worldwide to help pay for the restoration.

Campbell sold the island of Iona in 1979 to pay inheritance taxes, but retained 81,000 acres of the family estate.

Don Gevirtz

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) _ Don Gevirtz, a venture capitalist and former ambassador to Fiji, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 73.

As a fund-raiser, he worked for the presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton.

Gevirtz served as an adviser to Carter on minority businesses and in 1995 Clinton appointed him as U.S. ambassador to Fiji. Gevirtz was credited with bringing in $300 million in U.S. investments during his 18 months as ambassador.

Gevirtz earned a national reputation as the founder of the Foothill Group, a Los Angeles-based finance firm that specialized in lending to new or ailing companies unable to qualify for loans from large banks.

Lola Idella Lohmann

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Lola Idella Lohmann, a longtime educator who helped start the Newspapers in Education program, died Sunday. She was 91.

Lohmann began teaching in Cushing in 1928. She spent the first 47 years of her 73-year career in public schools.

She taught elementary students in several districts before becoming supervisor of elementary education for Tulsa Public Schools. She later served as a professor and chairwoman of the elementary education department at Oklahoma State University.

Lohmann was instrumental in starting Newspapers in Education at The Daily Oklahoman and at newspapers in Texas and Colorado.

She has been inducted into both the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame and OSU’s College of Education Hall of Fame.

Marvin R. Pike

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Marvin R. Pike, who led an Army photography unit into World War II combat, then covered O.J. Simpson’s Buffalo Bills and other major league sports during 31 years with The Associated Press, died Sunday. He was 85 and had heart ailments.

Pike, a New Jersey native, joined the Army before World War II, becoming a photography specialist. He was commissioned as a Signal Corps lieutenant after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and was decorated while commanding photo teams recording battle scenes in the Pacific.

After the war, he joined the AP in New York, working first in broadcast news and later as supervisory correspondent in Buffalo.

Later, he specialized in sports writing, including coverage of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills during Simpson’s years as a star in the 1960s and 1970s.

He leaves his wife, two daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

David Walker

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ Former astronaut David Walker, whose space shuttle flights including the 1989 mission to launch a probe mapping the surface of Venus, died Monday in Houston. He was 56.

Walker was among the first group of space shuttle astronauts chosen by NASA in 1978. He flew as a pilot aboard space shuttle Discovery in 1984 and went on to command three space shuttle missions, in 1989, 1992 and 1995. In all, he logged nearly 725 hours in space.

His career at NASA suffered a setback in 1990, when he was temporarily grounded for flight rule infractions. They included a 1989 incident in which the NASA T-38 jet trainer he was flying came within 100 feet of a Pan Am jetliner outside Washington.

Hal White

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) _ Harold ``Hal″ White, who pitched for the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals in the 1940s and 1950s, died Saturday in Venice, Fla., after a stroke. He was 82.

White, a native of Utica, broke into the majors with the Detroit Tigers in 1941 after a stellar 1940 season with the International League’s Buffalo Bisons, where he compiled a 16-4 record.

He had his best year in 1942, going 12-12 with a 2.91 ERA. He pitched 336 games in all, most of them with the Tigers, ending with a 46-54 record. White was one of only five major league pitchers to throw shutout wins in his first two starts.

White missed two seasons _ one in 1945 when the Tigers won the World Series _ to serve in the military during World War II.

He went to the Browns in 1953 and finished his career with the Cardinals in 1954.

Melvin R. Wintman

BOSTON (AP) _ Melvin R. Wintman, an attorney during the Nazi war crimes trials after World War II, died Friday from emphysema. He was 82.

Wintman served in the U.S. infantry through five campaigns from 1941-46. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and two Bronze Stars and eventually earned the Decorated Bronze Star with oak leaves, attaining the rank of major.

Wintman was an attorney in the first war crimes trial conducted in the American Zone of Occupation in Germany, then returned to Boston to practice law.

In 1963, he was elected executive vice president for General Cinema Corp. and joined the board of directors. He was instrumental in the design and development of today’s shopping center theater and multiple cinema complexes.

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