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Obituaries in the News

February 17, 2000

Phyllis Ann Cable

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Phyllis Ann Cable, an award-winning reporter and city editor for The Daily Times, died Tuesday of cancer. She was 51.

She worked for the Times for 28 years.

In 1997, Cable won the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors’ Malcolm Law Memorial Award for a feature story about Alice Perkins, a girl born without a face.

More recently, she organized and helped write a series of stories in tribute to Cades Cove, the former settler’s community in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where her parents once lived.

She is survived by her mother, an aunt and uncle, and several nieces and nephews.

Louis E. de la Haba

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Louis E. de la Haba, an editorial consultant who formerly worked for The Associated Press and National Geographic Society, died Sunday of lung cancer. He was 69.

De la Haba joined the AP in 1957 and worked in bureaus in New York and Florida before transferring in 1961 to Washington, where he covered Latin American affairs until 1963.

He was a book and magazine writer and editor with the National Geographic Society from 1963 to 1985, later founding a publishing company that translated textbooks from English to Spanish for U.S. publishers. He closed that company in 1994, then continued to work as a consultant to book publishers until last year.

Fred W. Dyer Jr.

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) _ Fred W. Dyer Jr., a pilot who flew a record 102 combat missions during World War II, died Saturday. He was 83.

Dyer’s combat flights with friend and fellow pilot George Wells are chronicled in NBC anchor Tom Brokaw’s book, ``The Greatest Generation.″

Dyer enlisted in 1942 and in 1943 received the Distinguished Service Cross for action in Sicily. There, he refused to leave his plane after it caught fire until all other crew members were out.

He also was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Air Medal with 15 clusters.

Mohammed Fawzi

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Gen. Mohammed Fawzi, a former defense minister who oversaw the rebuilding of Egypt’s army after its defeat in the 1967 Mideast war, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Egypt’s then-President Gamal Abdel Nasser named Fawzi commander of the army after the 1967 war, in which Israeli forces captured the Sinai peninsula from Egypt and secured a cease-fire from the Arab armies in just six days. Fawzi’s No. 1 task was to rebuild and restore confidence in the shattered army.

The next year, Nasser appointed Fawzi to the Cabinet as defense minister, and he supervised the so-called war of attrition against Israeli forces along the Suez Canal.

In 1971 Nasser’s successor, President Anwar Sadat, fired and arrested Fawzi, accusing him of taking part in a coup plot.

Sadat later pardoned Fawzi, who spent the rest of his life lecturing and writing books on military affairs. He also joined the opposition Arab Nasserite Democratic Party and became a member of its political bureau.

John W. Hannon Jr.

SEVEN LAKES, N.C. (AP) _ John W. Hannon Jr., former president and chief executive officer of Bankers Trust Co. of New York, died Monday. He was 77.

An Army veteran of World War II, Hannon worked at Bankers Trust, a financial services company, for 37 years. He retired in 1988.

George Hernreich

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) _ George Hernreich, who founded the first television stations in Fort Smith and Jonesboro, died Sunday. He was 97.

During World War II, Hernreich sold wristwatches to soldiers at Fort Chaffee. With the proceeds, he bought KFPW radio station in Fort Smith. He also started what is now KFSM television station, the first station in Fort Smith.

Later, he started KAIT television in Jonesboro and developed other stations in Fort Smith and northwest Arkansas, as well as in Hot Springs.

Chuck Hull

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Chuck Hull, a ring announcer for many of the big Las Vegas fights of the 1980s, died Tuesday. He was 75.

Hull, who estimated he was the ring announcer for at least 130 world title fights until he retired in 1995, worked such bouts as the first Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns and the Larry Holmes-Muhammad Ali and Holmes-Gerry Cooney fights.

Hull was also the boxing ring announcer for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and was the first sportscaster for KLAS-TV, a Las Vegas television station.

Joseph J. Lipper

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Joseph J. Lipper, a former Associated Press newsman and later a vice president at Aerojet-General Corp., died Monday. He was 80.

Lipper joined the AP in the early 1950s, working first in the San Francisco bureau and later in Sacramento.

He had been with the AP nine years when he was hired by Aerojet, which built the engines that placed the Apollo astronauts in orbit around the moon. Lipper was eventually promoted to a vice president in 1985 and began teaching part-time at San Diego State University.

Lipper is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna; four children; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Ervin Litkei

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ervin Litkei, who composed marches dedicated to every U.S. president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, died Feb. 8. He was 78.

Litkei composed several marches _ including ``The President Lyndon Baines Johnson March″ and ``The George Bush March″ _ that were played at presidential inaugural ceremonies.

For the current president’s inauguration, he composed both ``The President Bill Clinton March″ and ``A Salute to the First Lady March,″ apparently the first march composed for a first lady.

Litkei also wrote large orchestral scores, including ``Peace and Remembrance″ and ``The Atlantic and Pacific Suite.″ In addition, he wrote the soundtracks for several films and television productions.

Harry W. Prichett Sr.

NEW YORK (AP) _ Harry William Prichett Sr., a graphic artist and creator of the interactive television program ``Winky Dink and You,″ died Feb. 5. He was 79.

The program, which initially aired in 1954, was television’s first attempt at interactive broadcasting, and spawned from Prichett’s idea of turning the TV set into a toy and teaching aid for children. The title character Winky would embark on adventures with his dog, Woofer. Winky usually ran into trouble and asked children to draw something on the screen, like a bridge over a river. The program ran for four years on CBS.

The show returned, with 65 color cartoons, and ran in syndication from 1969 to 1973. It was revived again in the 1990s as a video kit featuring newly digitized cartoons and new hosts.

Karsten Solheim

PHOENIX (AP) _ Karsten Solheim, who invented a putter with a ``Ping″ that led him to establish one of the most successful golf equipment companies, died Wednesday of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

The founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corp. and the creator of the Ping golf clubs, Solheim was the first to develop perimeter-weight irons, and his popular brand of putters have been used to win more than 1,800 professional events around the world.

Solheim stepped down as president and CEO of Karsten Manufacturing in 1995 and was succeeded by his son. He had been confined to a wheelchair in recent years because of Parkinson’s disease.

Most of the innovations in today’s irons and putters were developed by Solheim, a native of Norway who left his job as a mechanical engineer with General Electric not long after he designed his first putter in 1959.

Among his numerous honors, Solheim in 1996 received the Ernie Sabayrac Award from the PGA of America for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.

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