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Shelton W. Fantle

December 30, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sheldon W. ``Bud″ Fantle, a former chief executive of Peoples Drug Stores Inc. and Dart Drug Stores Inc., died of cancer Saturday. He was 73.

Fantle took over a Peoples in 1974, and within 10 years turned the shaky chain into an industry leader with 800 stores in the East Coast, the Midwest and the South.

He left Peoples in 1985 after a change in majority ownership and headed a group that paid $8 million for a stake in Dart Drug, which was on the verge of bankruptcy and forced into liquidation four years later.

Edward Hettinger

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Bishop Edward Hettinger, the senior member of the Roman Catholic Church’s American hierarchy, died Saturday at age 94.

Hettinger was the first auxiliary bishop of the Columbus diocese and its senior priest.

Ordained in 1928, he was appointed chancellor and vicar general of the diocese while serving as pastor of St. Margaret of Cortona Church.

James H. Landes

WACO, Texas (AP) _ James H. Landes, a former president of Hardin-Simmons University and executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, died Saturday. He was 84.

Landes retired after nine years with the 2.6-million member convention, taking a job at Baylor University as a distinguished professor of religion in 1983.

He had served as president at Hardin-Simmons from 1963-1966.


PARIS (AP) _ Mireille, a singer honored by the French government for nurturing music careers among children, died Sunday. She was 90.

Mireille, born Mireille Hartuch, founded the Little Conservatory of Song in 1955. She coached several young singers who became mainstays of popular French radio and television shows.

She was twice decorated by the French culture ministry.

Arthur Moreno

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Arthur Moreno, publisher of a Spanish-language newspaper, died Friday after a short illness. He was 88.

Moreno started out doing odd jobs as a youth at El Tucsonense, a newspaper founded in 1915 by his father, Francisco Moreno. The younger Moreno continued operating the publication after his father died.

The newspaper shut down in the 1960s and another family business, Old Pueblo Printers, took its place.

Moreno worked in the composing department of the Tucson Newspapers Inc. after his newspaper closed, retiring in the early 1970s.

Viggo F.E. Rambusch

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ Viggo F.E. Rambusch, the ``Dean of American Church Architects″ who coordinated the interior design of more than 1,000 churches, synagogues and theaters, died Friday. He was 97.

Rambusch spent his entire career at the Rambusch Decorating Company, a Manhattan firm founded by his father, a Danish immigrant.

In addition to his work with houses of worship, he decorated the main public rooms at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. He helped make the stained glass windows at St. Bartholomew’s Church, next door to the hotel on Park Avenue.

In 1994, Pope John Paul II installed Rambusch as a Knight of St. Gregory for his support of the Catholic church in Scandinavia.

During World War II, Rambusch’s sketches of orchards and farm buildings were painted on airfields to confuse the enemy.

Harold L. Schoelkopf

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) _ Harold L. Schoelkopf, an editor of the St. Cloud Times for 48 years, died Thursday at age 97.

Schoelkopf left his editing post in 1971. He regularly contributed editorials and columns to the newspaper until 1994.

While in college, Schoelkopf wrote for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Tribune, and was editor of the University of Minnesota’s college daily.

He served on the St. Cloud City Council from 1928 to 1983 and was elected to the St. Cloud school board nine times. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in the 1950s.

Schoelkopf’s wife, Anne, died in 1988. He is survived by a son and two daughters.

Bill Walsh

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) _ Bill Walsh, founder of the first peacetime floating hospital that later became Project HOPE, died of cancer Friday. He was 76.

Walsh proposed the idea of a hospital on a boat after serving as a medical officer in World War II. He was one of the first U.S. doctors to treat Japanese civilians in Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped.

President Dwight Eisenhower approved Walsh’s idea for floating humanitarian aid in 1958.

Though the boat was retired in 1974, Project HOPE now operates more than 45 health education and humanitarian assistance programs in more than 20 countries.

Walsh retired as president and chief executive officer of Project HOPE in 1992.

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