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Louis Otto Erdmann

August 21, 1996

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Louis Otto Erdmann, a theater professor who taught in Ohio and Wisconsin, died of cancer Monday. He was 61.

Erdmann retired from Kent State University in 1987 and then served as a professor of theater at the University of Wisconsin’s Green Bay campus until his death.

In 1969, Erdmann and Earle Curtis founded Porthouse Theater, Kent State’s summer theater adjacent to Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Erdmann served as executive director of Porthouse from its opening until 1984.

John A. McDermott

CHICAGO (AP) _ John A. McDermott, a social activist who founded the Chicago Reporter, a publication devoted to analyzing local racial issues, died of leukemia Saturday. He was 70.

McDermott, a native of Philadelphia, moved to Chicago in 1960 to be the executive director of the Catholic Interracial Council, a lay organization that promoted civil rights.

After a brief stint in Washington as a senior staff member at the Urban Institute, he returned to Chicago in 1970. Two years later, he persuaded the Community Renewal Society, an arm of the United Church of Christ, to sponsor a newsletter that would bring investigative journalism to the problems of race and poverty. He was its editor and publisher.

He left the Reporter in 1985 to become director of urban affairs at Illinois Bell, now Ameritech.

In 1992, McDermott founded his own consulting firm in corporate public policy, media and urban affairs.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Therese McDermott, and three sons.

Del Miller

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) _ Del Miller, who won 2,442 harness races and $11 million in purses, died Monday. He was 83.

Miller was involved in every aspect of harness racing, first as a driver, later as a trainer, owner and breeder. He drove his first race at age 15 in 1929 while playing hooky from high school, and his last one in 1990 at age 77.

In 1948, Miller became an owner, going well over budget to bid $21,000 for a stallion named Adios. His horse’s progeny went on to earn more than $20 million. He sold Adios for $500,000 in 1955 but continued to breed the horse at his Meadow Lands Farm.

Over the years, Miller drove in all of harness racing’s classic events including a record 26 Hambletonians, the most of anyone in the 71-year history of the event.

Linwood F. Tice

SALEM, N.J. (AP) _ Dr. Linwood F. Tice, a former president of the American Pharmaceutical Association and a pioneer in developing gelatins as a blood-plasma substitute during World War II, died Sunday following an illness of several months. He was 87.

Tice became an assistant professor at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1938. He later led the school as dean from 1963 until his retirement in 1975.

Tice was editor of the American Journal of Pharmacy from 1941 to 1977 and a fellow in the American Institute of Chemists and the College of Physicians in Philadelphia.

He was awarded the highest award in American pharmacy, the Remington Medal, in 1975.

While serving in World War II, Tice patrolled the Delaware Bay for German submarines and guided pilots of large munition barges up the river at night for the Coast Guard.

Beverley Whitfield

WOLLONGONG, Australia (AP) _ Beverley Whitfield, an Australian swimmer who won the 200-meter breaststroke in the 1972 Munich Olympics, died Tuesday after a short illness. She was 42.

Police officials, who are investigating the death, said today that Whitfield’s friends reported she had the flu in the past week.

Whitfield also was the bronze medalist in the 100-meter breaststroke in the 1972 Games.

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