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Obituaries in the News

November 3, 1999

Robin Black

LONDON (AP) _ Sir Robin Black, a former British governor of Hong Kong and Singapore, died Friday. He was 93.

Black, who served in the administration of Britain’s colonies for more than three decades, served as governor of Hong Kong, then a British colony, from 1958 to 1964.

He saw the colony prosper during that period, even though hundreds of thousands of refugees were crossing the border from mainland China. Thousands of the refugees settled there illegally, and Black repeatedly appealed to London for help in housing them.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1962.

Dan Hardesty

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Dan Hardesty, a sports writer and editor with the State-Times and Advocate newspapers for almost 50 years, died Sunday. He was 80.

Hardesty received the Distinguished Service Award from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 1985. He received a media award in 1986 from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame for his contributions to football.

Hardesty published a book on the history of LSU football in 1975 and served as president of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association from 1967-69. He also maintained the state fish records for many years.

Hardesty is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elsie Nash Hardesty; sons Clark, Frank and Eddie; and five grandchildren.

Robert Linn

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert Linn, the classical composer whose more than 80 works have been performed on six continents, died Thursday from complications of cancer. He was 74.

His works have been performed by such noted orchestras as the San Francisco, Boston and London symphonies. One piece, 1970′s ``Propagula″ has been performed by every major wind orchestra in the U.S., according to USC.

His music ranged from symphonic pieces to works for wind orchestras, choruses and various combinations of strings, brass and woodwinds. ``Dithyramb,″ for example, was composed for eight cellos. It was commissioned by the American String Teachers Association in honor of Pablo Casals.

Thomas W. Ottenad

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) _ Thomas W. Ottenad, a former Washington Bureau Chief at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, died Sunday. He was 77.

In Washington, Ottenad covered seven presidents and eight national campaigns, and broke stories on some of the biggest issues of the day.

In 1968, Ottenad was among the first reporters present at the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. He was the newspaper’s lead reporter on the Watergate scandal during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon and played a major part in the Post-Dispatch’s disclosure of portions of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

He won national awards for reporting on the persistence of voting rights abuses in the South, for his reporting in China and for reporting in the field of natural resources.

Ottenad worked for the Post-Dispatch from 1953 until his retirement in 1987. He was bureau chief from 1981 to 1983 and contributing editor from 1983 until 1987.

He worked for the old St. Louis Star-Times, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and CBS Radio in St. Louis. He was a reporter for the St. Louis County Observer from 1949 to 1953.

He is survived by his wife, Jane.

John A. Puelicher

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ John A. ``Jack″ Puelicher, who headed Marshall & Ilsley Corp. for three decades as its assets grew by nearly 20 times to more than $7 billion, died Saturday from liver cancer. He was 78.

Puelicher followed in the footsteps of his father, Albert S. Puelicher, and grandfather, John H. Puelicher, as M&I chairman, and he headed the firm at a time of rapid technological innovation and growth.

When he took over in 1963, the bank had $420 million in assets; when he stepped down in 1992, its asset base of $7.15 billion included M&I Data Services, a provider of computer services for banks across the nation. As chairman, he oversaw the acquisition of 44 financial institutions.

Theodore R. Scott

HONOLULU (AP) _ Theodore R. ``Ted″ Scott, a former Honolulu radio personality and actor, died Thursday in Redlands, Calif. He was 85.

Scott came to Hawaii in 1950 as a radio announcer for station KULA. He worked for various stations over the years.

He was a co-founder of the Windward Theatre Guild in the early 1950s and starred in many of its productions. He also was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and appeared in numerous television series and movies made in Hawaii. At one time, he was a supporting character in the ``Hawaii Five-O″ series.

Survivors include two daughters and three grandchildren.

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