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Mervyn Cowie

August 1, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Mervyn Cowie, founder and first director of the Royal National Parks of Kenya, died July 19. He was 87.

Cowie, who was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and educated at Oxford, campaigned for wildlife preservation in the 1930s. He oversaw creation of the first Kenyan park at Tsavo, covering 8,000 square miles in 1948.

``To me the most intriguing aspect of the Tsavo Park is that it provides a glimpse into a part of Africa as it might have been in the 19th century; a feeling of being in the same wild conditions which greeted earlier explorers, an atmosphere of the unknown,″ Cowie once wrote.

He retired as parks director in 1966. In the 1970s, Cowie was financial director of Flying Doctor Services, which provides emergency medical evacuation in remote areas of east Africa. He retired again in 1979.

Paul Crawford

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Paul Crawford, a jazz musician and scholar who played in films like ``Pretty Baby″ and ``Live and Let Die,″ died Wednesday after developing cancer several months ago. He was 71.

Crawford studied trombone at Eastman School of Music under Emory Remington and did graduate work at the University of Alabama.

He turned to jazz in the 1950s and found regular work with band leader Paul ``Doc″ Evans. In 1967, Crawford helped establish the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, and he cut a classic album as leader of the Crawford-Ferguson Night Owls.

From 1959 to 1985 Crawford helped set up the Tulane Jazz Archives, an essential ragtime resource for musicologists and performers. An accomplished musical director and arranger, he rescued many forgotten compositions.

Laddie Gale

GOLD BEACH, Ore. (AP) _ Laddie Gale, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame who led the 1939 Oregon Ducks to the university’s first NCAA championship, died Monday. He was 79.

At 6-foot-4, Gale was the second-tallest player on the Oregon team, behind 6-8 Urgel ``Slim″ Wintermute. Their nickname was the ``Tall Firs.″

The Ducks finished 29-5 that season and won the Pacific Coast Conference Northern Division with a 14-2 record.

In the 1939 NCAA championship game, Gale and guard Bobby Anet each scored 10 points as Oregon beat the Buckeyes 46-33.

Gale was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976.

Ron LaFrance

ST. REGIS MOHAWK RESERVATION, N.Y. (AP) _ Ron LaFrance, a traditional leader for the Mohawks who was dedicated to the education of his people, died of a heart attack on Monday. He was 51.

LaFrance, who presided on the Mohawk Nation Council, held a doctorate from Cornell University and was director of the university’s American Indian program for several years.

In 1979, he started the Akwesasne Freedom School at St. Regis, which teaches young children the Mohawk language and doesn’t begin teaching English until grade six.

Monte Ito

HONOLULU (AP) _ Monte Ito, a sportswriter for The Honolulu Advertiser, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 85.

Ito joined the Advertiser staff in 1944 after working at the Japanese-English newspaper Hawaii Hochi, where he was a sports writer and English editor. He retired from the Advertiser in 1994.

Ito was Hawaii Sportswriter of the Year in 1962 and 1974, named to the Aloha Section PGA Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, named Sportsman of the Year by both the Honolulu Quarterback Club and Hula Bowl in 1977 and given the Hawaii Public Links Special Recognition Award in 1975.

In 1988, the media center at the Hawaiian Open golf tournament was named in his honor.

He is survived by a son, Henry; grandson, Jonathan; three brothers and four sisters.

Al Rollins

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Al Rollins, the NHL’s top goalie in 1951 and the league’s MVP in 1954, died Saturday. He was 69.

In his first full season, 1950-51, Rollins was named best goaltender as he led Toronto to the Stanley Cup. He was the league’s MVP three years later with Chicago.

In an NHL career that stretched from 1949 to 1960, Rollins played 430 games and had 28 shutouts with Toronto, Chicago and the New York Rangers.

Anne W. Simon

NEW YORK (AP) _ Anne W. Simon, an environmentalist who wrote about the threat of development to the oceans, shores and wetlands, died Monday at 82.

Simon was a writer for radio station WNYC, a television critic for The Nation, and wrote for McCall’s, Good Housekeeping and other magazines.

In her 1973 book, ``No Island is an Island: The Ordeal of Martha’s Vineyard,″ Simon described how development changed the land that was her summer home for many years.

Her 1978 book, ``The Thin Edge: Coast and Man in Crisis,″ told of the danger to beaches, dunes, wetlands and estuaries from development.

She wrote of the damage to oceans from oil spills, waste dumping, overfishing and the greenhouse effect in ``Neptune’s Revenge: The Ocean of Tomorrow,″ which was published in 1984.

Her first book was ``Stepchild in the Family: A View of Children in Remarriage,″ which was published in 1964. It was based on her experiences as a stepchild and a step-parent.

She was married three times. Survivors include a son and three daughters from her first marriage, and 11 grandchildren.

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