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April 11, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Pat Flaherty, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1956, died on Tuesday at his home in Oxnard, Calif. He was 76.

Flaherty had been battling emphysema for several years.

An Air Force cadet during World War II, Flaherty moved from his native California to Chicago in 1948, becoming part of Andy Granatelli’s Hurricane Hot Rod Association and driving roadsters at several Chicago-area tracks.

He first drove at Indianapolis in 1949 but did not qualify. The next year, driving again for Granatelli, he finished 10th in his rookie race. He participated five more times, winning the pole position and the race in 1956.

Flaherty raced only occasionally after 1959 and made his final start in a race in Milwaukee in 1963.

Hans Frank

NEW YORK (AP) _ Hans Frank, a lawyer who pursued reparations from Germany for victims of Hitler’s regime, died March 29. He was 90.

Frank, an expert in international tax law, was a partner in the firm now called Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for almost 40 years, starting in the mid-1940s.

In his last decade with the firm, he concentrated on representing Jews seeking reparations from the German government for property seized by Nazis. Every such case he completed was successful.

Born in Magdeburg, Germany, Frank attended law school at the universities of Heidelberg and Berlin and worked as a government law clerk in Prussia.

After Hitler came to power, he was dismissed from his job because he was a Jew. He came to the United States in 1933 and soon went to work for the law firm.

Frank was active in SelfHelp Community Services and United Help, two American organizations that aided refugees from Germany during Hitler’s reign.

Bill Harmsen

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) _ Bill Harmsen, philanthropist and co-founder of the Jolly Rancher Candy Co., died Wednesday of prostate cancer. He was 89.

Harmsen and his wife, Dorothy, founded the Jolly Rancher in 1949 in Golden, Colo., and turned the fruit-flavored hard candies into a staple across the nation and the world.

The family sold the company in 1967 to Beatrice Foods, which sold it to Illinois-based Leaf in 1983, but the Harmsens continued to operate it. Bill Harmsen retired in 1977.

Hershey, Pa.-based Hershey Foods, the nation’s largest candy maker, bought Jolly Rancher in 1997.

The Harmsens bought thousands of pieces of Western art over four decades and donated the collection to the Denver Art Museum in May. The collection, whose value was not revealed, contains work by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, George Catlin, N.C. Wyeth and Robert Henri.

In the 1960s the Harmsens donated much of the land that became Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Ivy Olson

HONOLULU (AP) _ Ivy Olson, the founder of Angel Networks Charities and an inspiration for the pilot of a popular television series, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 60.

The story of how a stranger in San Diego took Olson, then a single mother, and her two sons into her home for Thanksgiving dinner was dramatized in the 1994 pilot for the CBS series ``Touched by an Angel.″

That act of kindness inspired her in 1989 to start Angel Network Charities, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the hungry and the homeless that serves more than 100 families in Hawaii.

In 1992, the first President Bush proclaimed Aug. 16 ``Angel Network Day,″ and Olson was chosen as one of his ``Thousand Points of Light.″ She received the Volunteer Action Award from President Clinton in 1993.

Robert E. Rothenberg

NEW YORK (AP) _ Robert E. Rothenberg, a World War II battlefield surgeon and medical author, died Wednesday. He was 93.

Rothenberg resigned as director of surgical research at Cabrini Medical Center in 1998. He also had been chief of surgery at two other New York hospitals.

After graduating from Cornell University with a medical degree in 1932, Rothenberg joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps, for which he commanded a team of doctors, nurses and medics.

During the Battle of the Bulge, Rothenberg and his team performed surgeries on casualties for nearly 60 hours without a break, according to a statement released by his family.

He also wrote more than a dozen books on medicine, surgery and health care.

Dwight Emerson Sargent

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) _ Dwight Emerson Sargent, one-time curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, died April 4. He was 85.

The longtime editorial writer, a resident of Pelham, N.Y., was a Nieman Fellow himself in 1951, studying state government.

Sargent took over the Nieman Foundation in 1964, and led it through a successful $1.2 million fund-raising effort.

When he was named Nieman curator, Sargent was editorial page editor at the New York Herald Tribune. He previously worked at the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Mass.

After stepping down, he served as president of the Freedom of Information Foundation at the University of Missouri and editorial page editor at the Boston Herald American. In 1978, he was appointed national editorial writer for Hearst Newspapers.

Sargent also is survived by a brother, a sister, a son, two daughters and two grandchildren.

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