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Thalassa Cruso

June 18, 1997

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) _ Thalassa Cruso Hencken, who gave gardening advice under her maiden name in a book, newspaper and on public television, died Wednesday. She was 88.

Ms. Cruso’s, ``Making Things Grow,″ was published in 1967, and updated 25 years later. Her television show had the same name, and was produced from 1966 to 1969 by WGBH-TV in Boston.

For many years, Ms. Cruso also wrote a gardening column for The Boston Globe.

She was born in London, and studied archaeology at London University.

She married Hugh O’Neill Hencken of Boston in 1935, and they moved to Boston. He became curator of European archaeology at Harvard University.

Ms. Cruso’s gardening advice was based on her own experience with her gardens in Boston and at a vacation home.

She is survived by three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband died earlier.

Katherine Esau

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Katherine Esau, a botanist awarded the National Medal of Science for her research into plant anatomy, died June 4. She was 99.

Ms. Esau was the sixth woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences when inducted in 1957. For decades, her book ``Plant Anatomy″ was the leading text on flora structure in the nation.

Ms. Esau’s research, much of it focusing on the effects of viruses and plant tissues, dominated the field of plant anatomy and morphology for several decades.

Ms. Esau was born in the Ukraine. In 1918, she moved to Germany, where she continued her agricultural training.

In 1922, she immigrated to the United States with her family and settled near Fresno. She earned a doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeff Medlen

Jeff ``Squeeky″ Medlen, the wiry caddy with the high-pitched voice who carried Nick Price’s bag to victory in the British Open and two PGA Championships, died Monday, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 43.

Medlen began caddying on the LPGA tour in 1984 and moved to the PGA Tour in 1985. He worked for John Mahaffey for the first 1 1/2 years, caddied for Fred Couples for two seasons and also worked with Steve Jones and Jeff Sluman.

Medlen first achieved notoriety in 1991 when Price skipped the PGA and Squeeky spent the week carrying the bag for an unknown named John Daly.

The long-hitting Daly won the tournament despite never having seen the Crooked Stick course, relying heavily on Medlen’s knowledge of the layout.

In 1994, Medlen caddied for Price as he won six tournaments, including the British Open and the PGA. Price also won the 1992 PGA.

Michael O’Brien

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) _ Michael O’Brien, one of the longest-lived heart transplant patients in the world, died of cardiac arrest Saturday, 19 years after receiving his new heart. He was 55.

O’Brien was 36 when he underwent surgery at Stanford University Hospital in April 1978.

O’Brien, who received the heart of a 23-year-old woman, had played piano for the past several years at TJ’s Bar and Grill in Casper.

Marvin H. Pope

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Marvin H. Pope, a retired Yale University professor and noted Bible scholar, died Sunday at age 81.

Pope retired from Yale in 1986 after teaching for 37 years. During his tenure at the university, Pope was a professor of Semitic languages and literature and taught at the Yale Divinity School. He held the Louis M. Rabinowitz chair in Semitic Languages.

His written work includes award-winning commentaries in the Anchor Bible series titled ``Job″ and ``Song of Songs.″

Ariel Rubstein

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Ariel Rubstein, an influential musical figure in Oregon for decades, died Sunday of congestive heart failure after a brief illness. He was 97.

Rubstein, a classical pianist who began his career in czarist Russia, founded the Portland Civic Opera and West Coast Opera Theatre, and helped draw the blueprint that built Portland Opera.

He promoted shows, bringing international stars to Portland, including Beverly Sills, Vladimir Horowitz and Van Cliburn.

A child prodigy on the piano, he entered the Imperial Conservatory at Kiev in 1913 as a classmate of Horowitz. Rubstein moved to New York in 1922.

He also was briefly the director of chamber music for the CBS radio network. In 1928 he wrote a musical, ``Mademoiselle Bluebeard,″ which was produced on Broadway by the legendary Florenz Ziegfeld.

William Lester Simpson

LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) _ William Lester ``Les″ Simpson, a longtime newspaper publisher and past president of the Missouri Press Association, died Monday of congestive heart failure and kidney failure. He was 88.

Before he graduated from high school, Simpson began working for his father’s newspaper, the Rolla Times, and worked there from 1926 to 1930.

In 1944, Simpson bought the Holden Progress newspaper. The following year, he became a member of the MPA, and served as state president in 1957.

Simpson was inducted into the MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1992.

A member of the board of regents at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg from 1959 to 1977, Simpson served as president of the board from 1965 to 1971.

George Strugar

SEATTLE (AP) _ George Strugar, an All-American lineman at the University of Washington and an NFL player with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets, died last week of lung cancer. He was 63.

In the 1957 NFL draft Strugar was the 20th player selected, drafted by the Rams. He played five seasons with the Rams and two with the Jets.

In three seasons at Washington the 6-5, 240-pound two-way lineman was named to several All-America teams and played in the East-West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl and the College All-Star game in Chicago.

When his pro career ended, Strugar started Pros Express trucking and Strugar Industries Warehouse in Los Angeles.

Amos Tutuola

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) _ Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola, celebrated _ and sometimes vilified _ for bringing the tales, language and imagery of ordinary Nigerians to a wider audience, has died at 77.

Tutuola died June 8 in Ibadan, about 200 miles southwest of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Tutuola’s first and best-known novel, ``The Palmwine Drinkard,″ attracted enthusiastic reviews abroad when it appeared in 1952.

At home, some among Nigeria’s elite accused Tutuola of feeding Western stereotypes of uneducated Africans, and of having a limited grasp of English.

But Dr. Remi Adedokun, a theater professor at the University of Ibadan, said Tutuola’s works should be seen as ``African classics because they deal in folklores which are uniquely presented in refreshing idioms, imagery, metaphor and similes that are truly traditional.″

Tutuola was born in 1920 at Abeoukuta in the Yoruba heartland. He trained as a blacksmith before World War II, and served in Britain’s Royal Air Force during the war. He worked as a messenger, storekeeper and clerk at the then-Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation before turning to writing.