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Paolo Gucci, a maverick Italian businessman who was sacked from the global

October 13, 1995

LONDON (AP) _ Paolo Gucci, a maverick Italian businessman who was sacked from the global fashion empire started by his grandfather, died Tuesday in London. He was 64.

The Italian news agency ANSA said he died of liver problems.

Gucci was a key player in the struggle for control of the fashion dynasty started in Florence in 1906 by his grandfather Guccio Gucci, a leather goods salesman. The family in-fighting ultimately drove all the Guccis out of the company that still bears their name.

Gucci’s father brought the business to the United States in 1953 and made him vice president and managing director of Gucci Shops Inc. and Gucci Parfums of America.

A year later, his uncle Rodolfo Gucci fired him from the Italian parent company, claiming he failed to carry out his duties while in charge of a factory in Florence.

He decided to market his own lines under the name Paolo Gucci, and filed a lawsuit for compensation from the family business. Both decisions enraged his father, who fired him from his jobs with Gucci in America.

Paolo Gucci went ahead with his own line, starting a bitter Gucci trade war. He sold his share in the family business in 1987.

Paul Kilcullen

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Paul Kilcullen, the general manager of WLNE-TV here and in New Bedford, Mass., died of an apparent heart attack while jogging Wednesday. He was 43.

Kilcullen, who joined WLNE in 1988 as general sales manager, became assistant general manager in 1991 and was named vice president and general manager in July 1993.

Under Kilcullen’s leadership, WLNE was named The Associated Press ``News Station of the Year″ in 1994. He also was a driving force behind the station’s ``You Paid For It″ segment and led the station’s transition from a CBS affiliate to ABC last month.

Kilcullen also worked at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, KMBC-TV in Kansas City and Baltimore’s WBAL-TV.

He is survived by his wife, Sally, and three children _ Joseph, Casey and Caitlin.

John Rodolph

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) _ John Rodolph, an Olympian and world-record holder in wheelchair racing, was killed Tuesday when a dump truck and pickup truck collided and slid into him. He was 31.

Last August in Salt Lake City, Rodolph set a world record of 18 minutes, 55 seconds for 10 kilometers.

He was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic team in 1984 when wheelchair racing was a demonstration sport.

Francis L. Smith

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ Francis L. Smith, the diocesan bishop of Ohio for the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 79.

Smith was pastor of the First Apostolic Faith Church in Akron from 1951 to 1992, when he retired with the title pastor emeritus.

He was chairman of the Ohio District Council before being elevated to bishop in 1972. He led the 10th Episcopal District, which includes Alabama, Mississippi and western Tennessee.

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