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January 2, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Richard Elman, a novelist and poet who for many years taught at the Bennington College Summer Writing Workshops, died of lung cancer Wednesday. He was 63.

Elman wrote more than 20 books, including including three volumes of poetry. At his death, he had three more books awaiting publication, including ``Namedropping,″ a volume of reflections about his life and work. The book is due in the spring.

In addition to teaching at Bennington in Vermont, Elman also taught at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame University.

Among his novels was 1991′s ``Tar Beach,″ a comic book about an 8-year-old boy growing up in Brookyn after World War II. Elman also wrote a trilogy about a Hungarian Jewish family, ``The Twenty-Eighth Day of Elul″ in 1967, ``Lilo’s Diary″ in 1968, and ``The Reckoning″ in 1969.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Elman; their daughter, Lila Elman; his daughter Margaret Elman from an earlier marriage; and a brother, Leonard.

Hugh Harelson

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Hugh Harelson, a longtime newsman who for a decade was the publisher of Arizona Highways magazine, died of cancer Thursday. He was 67.

Harelson was the magazine’s publisher from 1982 until he retired in 1992.

He got his first newspaper job with the Bisbee Daily Review in 1952. He later worked for The Arizona Republic, the Scottsdale Daily Progress and KTAR-TV in Phoenix.

From 1973 until 1982 he held various information services positions at his alma mater, the University of Arizona.

Survivors include his wife, two sons, a sister, a brother and a granddaughter.

Samuel Thomas Johnston

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Samuel Thomas Johnston, a lawyer and broadcast executive who for more than 30 years worked for Taft Broadcasting Co. at stations in Ohio and California, died of cancer Sunday. He was 77.

Johnston joined Taft in 1952 at WKRC radio in Cincinnati, where he worked as an account executive until 1954. Then he spent five years at WTVN radio in Columbus, before returning to Cincinnati from 1961 to 1972 as a vice president of WKRC-TV.

In Los Angeles, Johnston was executive vice president of Taft’s West Coast Group and Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1972 to 1980. He became Taft’s senior vice president in 1980 and stayed in that position until he retired in 1986.

Survivors include three daughters and five grandchildren.

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