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Gwendolyn Armstrong Dobson

April 1, 1997

DELAPLANE, Va. (AP) _ Gwendolyn Armstrong Dobson, a former reporter and women’s editor for the old Washington Star newspaper, died Friday. She was 66.

Mrs. Dobson had suffered from cancer.

She joined the Star in 1961 and became women’s editor three years later. She covered the weddings of daughters of Presidents Johnson and Nixon and interviewed first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy through Betty Ford.

Mrs. Dobson later took over Spur, a bimonthly magazine about horses, and ran a women’s boutique in Middleburg, Va.

During the early 1970s, Mrs. Dobson was president of the American Newspaper Women’s Club.

Survivors include her husband, Robert; her mother; three children; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Tom Heidlebaugh

TACOMA (AP) _ Author and poet Tom Heidlebaugh, who worked to revive and preserve Native American traditions, died of cancer Wednesday. He was 55.

Heidlebaugh coordinated programs for American Indian youngsters. With his friend Phil H. Red-Eagle, he founded an arts center in Tacoma with plans to teach classes in writing, carving, weaving and native languages.

His poems and projects were aimed at fostering pride in Indian heritage as a sort of ``glue to hold our people together,″ said Red-Eagle.

Heidlebaugh also published Oceanedge magazine, which often featured writings by teen-age American Indians.

Albert E. Manley

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) _ Albert E. Manley, who for 22 years was president of Spelman College in Atlanta, died Friday. He was 89.

During the 1960s, Manley, Spelman’s first male and first black president, faced student demonstrations and experienced the aftershock of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

During his tenure as president, the school’s enrollment grew from 453 students in 1953 to 1,200 by the time he retired in 1976, with students from 38 states and 14 other countries.

Manley’s wife is acting Surgeon General Audrey Forbes Manley.

Franklin Salisbury

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) _ Franklin Cary Salisbury, a lawyer and entrepreneur who founded organizations that promoted rocket technology and cancer research, died March 12 of a heart attack. He was 86.

Salisbury was the founding president of the National Foundation for Cancer Research, which is credited with raising $150 million since it opened in 1973.

He also help create the International School of Law in Virginia, which is now known as George Mason Law School.

Salisbury started two companies, Atlantic Research, a manufacturer of solid-rocket propellants, and Orbit, which produced electronic telephone equipment.

Haruki Shiraishi

TOKYO (AP) _ Haruki Shiraishi, a former governor whose use of public money to support religious shrines is at the center of a Supreme Court case, died Sunday of respiratory problems. He was 85.

His death came just three days before the Supreme Court is scheduled to decide whether the use of public funds for shrine offerings violates Japan’s constitution. Six other people are co-defendants.

Shiraishi, a World War II veteran, was governor of Ehime prefecture, 425 miles southwest of Tokyo, between 1981 and 1987. During his term he donated $1,338 in public funds to two Shinto shrines dedicated to war dead.

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