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Carol Combs

February 28, 1996

PARSONS, Kan. (AP) _ Carol Bird Combs, a partner in the Community Broadcasting Corp. who worked at the company’s KLKC Radio until she was 85, died Tuesday. She was 103.

Mrs. Combs and her husband, Lester assumed part ownership in the Sun Publishing Co. in 1918 and Mrs. Combs served as treasurer. Her husband managed the Parsons Sun newspaper until his death in 1942.

Mrs. Combs sold her interest in the paper and acquired KLKC radio station in 1953.

Mrs. Combs is survived by three sons, a daughter, and 10 grandchildren.

Jack Gwyn

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Jack K. Gwyn, who worked in radio and television in Cincinnati in the 1950s and ’60s, died of cancer Saturday. He was 72.

He worked at television station WLWT and WLW radio from 1956 until 1967. In 1969, he formed Jack Gwyn Productions to produce local commercials. He moved to Los Angeles in 1986.

Ester Manz

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Esther S. Manz, a housewife who in 1948 formed what became the international weight-loss organization known as TOPS, or Take Off Pounds Sensibly, died Monday. She was 88.

Manz began organizing weight loss meetings at age 40, when she weighed 208 pounds. She suggested that her three friends start meeting regularly to help each other diet.

The group now claims 300,000 members internationally and says it has donated more than $4.5 million to obesity research.

Manz served as president and chairman of the board of TOPS from 1952 until 1991.

George Murray

LONDON (AP) _ The 10th Duke of Atholl, one of Scotland’s richest landowners and the head of the only private army in Britain, died of a stroke Tuesday. He was 64.

Born George Iain Murray, he succeeded to the title in 1957.

Murray had served as president of the Scottish Landowners Federation, president of the National Trust for Scotland, chairman of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and captain of the House of Lords bridge team.

He was chairman of the Westminster Press regional newspaper group, part of Pearson PLC, from 1974-1993, and a director of Pearson Longman from 1975-1983.

The duke’s personal army unit, the 80-strong Atholl Highlanders, was created by a decree from Queen Victoria in 1845 and reinstated by the duke in the 1960s. The force largely was recruited from the staff of the estate, and paraded annually at the castle.

Joseph S. Robinson

NEW YORK (AP) _ Joseph S. Robinson, whose career as a lawyer was highlighted by cases involving military brutality and stolen royal treasure, died Feb. 22. He was 89.

While working for the Judge Advocate General’s office during the 1940s, Robinson prosecuted Col. Jack W. Durant, who was sent to prison in connection with the theft of jewels belonging to the House of Hesse from a castle near Frankfurt.

Robinson also defended a soldier charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a Japanese civilian. The Supreme Court ruled against the case in 1957 and allowed a Japanese court to try the soldier.

Robinson maintained a general law practice in Manhattan until his retirement in 1989.

He also served as president of the Four Freedoms Foundation and was chairman emeritus of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, into which the foundation was merged.

Bernice Murray Scott

ATLANTA (AP) _ Bernice McMurry Scott, the mother-in-law of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday. She was 91.

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