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November 9, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Frank E. Carey, who wrote about science, medicine and space during a 34-year career with The Associated Press, died Friday after a short illness. He was 90.

Carey worked for 10 years at The Sun in Lowell, Mass., his hometown, before joining the AP in 1940. He was a Nieman Fellow in 1947 at Harvard University where he studied astronomy and physics.

He retired in 1974.

Carey traveled to the South Pole and other faraway places while writing about science for the news cooperative.

After his retirement, he continued to write and later spent five years as editor of a community newsletter in Arlington, Va.

Carey is survived by three daughters, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pepi Deutsch

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Pepi Deutsch, one of the world’s oldest survivors of the Holocaust at 101, died Friday while hospitalized for bladder cancer.

A Hungarian Jew, Mrs. Deutsch endured Auschwitz, slave labor and the death of 37 relatives including her husband, her son and her mother.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Deutsch, her daughter, her daughter’s husband and their son came to the United States.

Biagio DiLieto

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Biagio DiLieto, a Democrat who served as mayor of New Haven for 10 years and was credited with revitalizing the city’s arts district, died Monday after battleling lung and bladder cancer for years. He was 76.

DiLieto, who was known as Ben, retired in 1989 after serving 10 years as mayor. He shied away from public life in his later years.

During his five terms, DiLieto worked to reopen the Shubert Theater, create Artspace, the surrounding Audubon Arts District, and the New Haven Jazz Festival.

Ed Gochenour

MACON, Ga. (AP) _ Ed Gochenour, a former state senator who battled brain cancer and fought for a law allowing patients with life-threatening diseases to undergo experimental treatments, died Sunday. He was 46.

Gochenour, R-Macon, was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, shortly after he was re-elected to his third term in the Senate. He was renominated for a fourth term in 1998, but dropped out of the race before the election was held, saying his treatments drained him too much.

In his final term in the Legislature, Gochenour got a bill passed that allows doctors to use experimental medicine to treat consenting patients.

William Malcolm Goodhart

NEW YORK (AP) _ William Malcolm Goodhart, author of the hit Broadway comedy ``Generation,″ died of heart disease Oct. 20 at his home on Shelter Island. He was 74.

``Generation″ was Goodhart’s first play. Directed by Gene Saks and starring Henry Fonda as a parent coping with an unconventional daughter and her husband, it opened in 1965 to lukewarm reviews.

``Generation″ enjoyed a long run nonetheless, and Goodhart adapted it for the big screen in 1969.

John Hadfield

LONDON (AP) _ British author and publisher John Hadfield, whose novel of eccentric goings-on in an English stately home, ``Love on a Branch Line,″ became a television series, died Oct 10. He was 92.

For most of his career Hadfield was a compiler of literary anthologies, including ``The Saturday Book,″ which he edited for 21 years.

A 1952 anthology, ``A Book of Beauty″ sold so well it enabled Hadfield to buy Barham Manor, a 16th century home in Suffolk county that had been requisitioned by the military in World War II.

``Love on a Branch Line,″ published in 1959, was an immediate success.

The comic novel features a staid civil servant sent from London to report on a long-forgotten government research center set up in the stately home of an eccentric aristocrat, Lord Flamborough.

The book was reissued in 1988 and again sold well, and in 1994 was adapted for a four-part British Broadcasting Corp. television series.

Robert Meyer Hollings

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Robert Meyer Hollings, a prominent Charleston politician credited with strengthening this city’s historic preservation laws, died Saturday. He was 84.

He was the brother of U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C.

A retired lawyer, Hollings served five terms on City Council, spending all but four years between 1959 and 1971 on the council. He also served more than 30 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission, of which he was chairman, and several years on the Board of Architectural Review.

George S. Hurley

SEATTLE (AP) _ George S. Hurley, a a political crusader in the state Legislature, died Tuesday. He was 92.

Bounced from Olympia after being branded a Communist sympathizer, an accusation that was never proven, the Democrat ran and ran and ran again until finally he was elected to the state House for one last hurrah at age 67.

He was elected to the state House in the early 1940s, railed against a state income tax, said property taxes were too high and proposed that special school levies be replaced by a tax on corporations making more than $100,000 a year.

As an outspoken opponent of the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee, he was accused in a state legislative committee hearing in 1947 of attending Communist Party meetings.

After a couple of years out of politics, working as a driver-sales representative, Hurley ran for the Legislature and lost in 1950, 1954, 1956, 1958 and 1964.

Finally, in 1974, he won election to the House once again.

Marjorie Marlette

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)_ Marjorie Marlette, a Lincoln Journal reporter for 31 years and a former member of the state Parole Board, died Thursday of cancer. She was 76.

Marlette was active in the anti-death penalty movement and in national correctional issues.

She began her career at the Journal in 1951, covering courts and the correctional system. In 1982, Gov. Charles Thone named her to the Parole Board where she served two years.

Afterward, she edited Corrections Compendium, a national magazine for corrections professionals. She retired in 1993.

Marlette, a native of Fairbury, is survived by her husband Ralph of Lincoln; son Robert of Woodland Hills, Calif; daughters Jeanne Marlette of Lincoln and Suzanne Schmidtke of Morrison, Colo.; and brother Art May of Winnebago.

Hank Messick

MIAMI (AP) _ Hank Messick, a journalist and author whose works included a biography of mobster Meyer Lansky, died Saturday of Sjogren’s syndrome. He was 77.

Messick led The Miami Herald on an organized crime crusade in the mid 1960s when his stories led to the indictments of former Sheriffs T.A. ``Tal″ Buchanan in Dade County and Allen B. Michell in Broward on charges of official corruption.

The charges were eventually dropped, but Messick’s revelations led to reforms.

He led a successful referendum with local clergymen and other community leaders to eliminate the elected sheriff’s office in what is now Miami-Dade County, replacing the office with an appointed director of public safety.

Messick was best known nationally for ``Lansky,″ a biography of the late mobster.

He worked for the Herald from 1965-1966. He wrote 19 books, most of them about organized crime.

Messick formed an alliance in the early 1960s with federal mob investigators working for the intelligence division of the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Justice Department’s organized crime strike forces.

Survivors include his wife, Faye, daughter Marda, sons Jon and Hank Jr., and a sister, Elvira Messick. Arrangements were pending.

Perry Morgan

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Perry Morgan, retired publisher of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star who once headed news operations at parent Landmark Communications Inc., died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 72.

Morgan, a Georgia farm boy and World War II veteran, worked for the AP in Atlanta for a time after graduating from the University of Georgia. He went on to work at several newspapers before becoming editor of The Charlotte News in North Carolina and the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio.

He came to Norfolk in 1973 as executive editor and, later, publisher. He retired in 1985 but continued to write a column.

Survivors include a son, Mark Stuart Morgan of Durham, N.C.; and a sister, Janet Haack of Charlotte, N.C. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach.

Leon Stukelj

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) _ Leon Stukelj, a six-time gymnastics Olympic medalist, died of a heart attack today, four days shy of his 101st birthday.

Stukelj won Olympic golds in the horizontal bar and all-around competition at Paris in 1924. He won another gold in the rings at Amsterdam in 1928. He also won two bronze medals at Amsterdam, in the all-around and team exercises, and a silver in the rings at Berlin in 1936.

One of his trademark moves is still known as the Stukelj maneuver.

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