Jan. 16, 1997
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) _ Wayne Bissell, a bombardier on Lt. Col. James Doolittle's World War II raid on Tokyo, died Jan. 9. He was 75.
An Army Air Corps staff sergeant, Bissell volunteered for Doolittle's assault in April 1942.
Because the carrier Hornet was discovered by Japanese patrol boats, the 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers were forced to take off 800 miles from Japan. Fifteen ran out of fuel and crashed, while the 16th landed in Siberia.
Bissell's crew parachuted into Chinese mountains and met up with other crews from the raid. They eventually made their way to Allied lines through India.
There are 33 surviving members of the original 80 men who participated in the raid.
David J. Brodsky
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) _ David J. Brodsky, former executive vice president of the Educational Testing Service, died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 66.
Brodsky was associated with ETS for nearly 40 years, during which the college testing service's annual income grew from $3 million to more than $365 million. He retired in 1993.
The Lawrenceville-based testing service develops and administers achievement, occupational and admission tests. It probably is best known for the Scholastic Assessment Test, or S.A.T., developed for the College Board.
LEXINGTON, Mass. (AP) _ Arcangelo Cascieri, a sculptor and dean of the Boston Architectural Center, died Tuesday. He was 94.
Cascieri designed the American World War I Memorial at Belleau Wood in France, and the World War II Memorial at Margraten, Holland. He also designed the sculpture on the Parkman Plaza fountain on Boston Common.
In this country, his works have been used in cathedrals, churches and temples.
Cascieri served as dean of the Boston Architectural Center from 1943 until his death, and is credited by many people with turning it from a small evening school to a nationally accredited institution with 600 students. The 130 faculty members serve without pay.
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) _ Noel Earley, an assisted suicide advocate, died of Lou Gehrig's disease Wednesday. He was 48.
Earley planned to inject himself with a lethal mix of drugs on Dec. 4. He postponed his death, saying the disease was progressing more slowly than he anticipated.
Diagnosed with ALS in 1995, he urged the Rhode Island Medical Society to break with the American Medical Association and support physician-assisted suicide. It eventually became the third state medical group in the country to adopt a neutral stance on the issue.
Last spring he testified in support of a state bill legalizing assisted suicide. Gov. Lincoln Almond signed the bill last August.
Edward P. Hill
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Edward P. Hill, once Kentucky's chief judge, died Saturday. He was 92.
Hill served from 1964 to 1972 on the old Court of Appeals, which was the top court in Kentucky until the Supreme Court was created in a judicial reorganization 20 years ago. He was chief judge from 1969 to 1971.
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Jack Moran, a former television sportscaster and Cincinnati Reds radio broadcaster, died Tuesday. He was 76.
Moran was sports director at WCPO-TV from 1961 to 1982. He also did Reds radio broadcasts with baseball Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt for seven years on WSAI-AM.
He anchored WCPO-TV's evening sports broadcasts, and was host of the station's ``King of TV Bowling'' program.
After leaving WCPO, he formed a talent agency.
Moran began his broadcasting career at WNOP-AM in Newport in 1946.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara.
CLAYTON, N.M. (AP) _ Nick Payton, the editor and publisher of the Union County Leader, died Monday. He was 47.
Payton had heart surgery in December.
Payton ran the Leader for the past 16 years and had been treasurer of the New Mexico Press Association since November 1995. His mother, Betty Sellers, ran the paper until 1980.
During his tenure, the weekly newspaper's circulation climbed to 2,700.
During the 1990s, the newspaper won 23 first-place awards in annual NMPA contests, including six for investigative reporting and four for public service in the category for weeklies under 3,000 circulation.
Payton began his career as a newspaper photographer for The Record-Courier, a weekly newspaper in Gardenville, Nev. He later was a photographer for the Alamogordo Daily News and the Las Cruces Sun-News.
He also was advertising director for a weekly newspaper in suburban St. Louis, and was a regional advertising executive with the Kroger grocery store chain, also in the St. Louis area.
Survivors include his wife, Brandy; his mother; a sister and a brother.
Sam Sebastiani Jr.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Sam Sebastiani Jr., a member of the famed Sebastiani wine family, died Tuesday, nine days after eating poisonous wild mushrooms. He was 32.
Apparently, the mushroom he ate was a ``death cap.'' Known technically as Amanita phalloides, it accounts for 95 percent of mushroom poisoning cases around the world.
Sebastiani was the son of Sonoma Valley vintner Sam Sebastiani Sr. and Barbara Leedom.
Sebastiani is one of the top producers of premium wine in California.
Manuel Antonio Vargas
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Manuel Antonio Vargas, the son of former President Getulio Vargas, imitated his father's final act and shot himself through the heart. He was 79.
His body was found Wednesday.
He died from a .38 caliber gunshot wound to the heart.
Vargas, known popularly as ``Maneco,'' had a brief political career in Rio Grande do Sul state, where he was secretary of agriculture and mayor of Porto Alegre, the state capital.
Getulio Vargas shot himself in the presidential palace in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 24, 1954.