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Wayne Fuson

October 1, 1996

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Wayne Fuson, sports editor of The Indianapolis News for more than three decades and one of the driving forces behind bringing pro basketball to Indiana, died Monday. He was 71.

Fuson started at the newspaper in 1948, became associate sports editor in 1961, sports editor in 1964 and was named sports columnist last year.

His ``Time Out!″ column ran five days a week. During football season, Fuson collaborated with the Indianapolis Colts coaches for a weekly column.

His efforts and encouragement to bring professional basketball to town paid off when the Indiana Pacers were formed in 1967.

Fuson helped found the National Golf Writers Association and the Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters of America. He was among the founders of The Associated Press Sports Editors association, and served as president of the national APSE association in 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, a daughter, three sons and 11 grandchildren.

Robert W. Koch

DETROIT (AP) _ Robert W. Koch, president of Koch Broadcasting Corp., died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 74.

Koch was hired as an account executive at WXYZ radio in the mid-1950s and eventually became general manager.

He left after buying WSDS in 1968. For nearly 30 years, WSDS was the only all-country music station in metropolitan Detroit.

Koch is survived by his son and three grandchildren.

Frances Lear

NEW YORK (AP) _ Frances Lear, a feminist activist who used part of her divorce settlement from TV producer Norman Lear to start a magazine aimed at women over 40, died Monday of breast cancer. She was 73.

Ms. Lear brought her feisty brand of feminism to Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 presidential bid and worked with the National Organization for Women on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment.

She was considered the model for ``Maude,″ played by Bea Arthur in Lear’s television hit from the 1970′s, and claimed that he would have achieved little of his television success without her input.

Speaking in a 1992 interview of her hefty $112 million settlement from her 1985 divorce from Lear, she said, ``I didn’t get that without earning it. Believe me, I earned it.″

Ms. Lear used the settlement to start Lear’s magazine in 1988. Aimed at older women, its slogan was ``for the woman who wasn’t born yesterday.″ It folded six years later after losing up to $30 million. She also wrote an autobiography, ``The Second Seduction.″

She is survived by two daughters and two grandsons.

Birger Lunde

NEW YORK (AP) _ Capt. Birger Lunde, a Norwegian merchant marine honored for his heroism during World War II, died Sept. 24. He was 82.

Lunde, born in Fana, Norway, received a Norwegian honor for bravery from the nation’s then-exiled king for surviving German submarine shellings while working on a cargo vessel that aided Allied forces during the war.

After the war, he became a U.S. citizen and was captain of American merchant vessels.

Howard S. Wright

SEATTLE (AP) _ Howard S. Wright, a prominent Pacific Northwest builder and developer whose family’s company helped build the Space Needle and Grand Coulee Dam, died Saturday of an aortic aneurysm. He was 69.

Wright was head of one of Seattle’s largest construction companies, Howard S. Wright Construction, until he sold his interest in the business in 1986. Wright’s grandfather started the company in 1885.

Wright continued to work with the Space Needle Corp. and Coast Hotels and Wright Runstad & Co., which specializes in commercial development.

The Howard S. Wright Construction company achieved a reputation for its performance of large, complex construction projects. The company built many of the Northwest’s major landmarks, including the Space Needle, the Columbia Center, the Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Grand Coulee Dam, which was completed in 1942.

After serving in various capacities, Wright was elected president of Howard S. Wright Construction in 1976, sharing responsibilities with George S. Schuchart, a cousin, in operating the company. He was elected chairman in 1976.

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