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December 19, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Carlos Foster, a cowboy who taught riding to city children and promoted the role of blacks in the development of the Old West, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 76.

Raised on a Cuban cattle ranch, Foster rode on the Mexican rodeo circuit and moved to the United States in 1960. He took a job at a drug rehab center and later served for 10 years as director of community relations for the New York City Drug Addiction Services Agency.

Foster established the Urban Western Riding Program at a Bronx stable to teach riding to children.

H.H. Howze

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Gen. Hamilton Hawkins Howze, credited with developing helicopter warfare tactics used in the Vietnam War and beyond, died Dec. 8. He was 89.

``The way the Army fights today″ is due to Howze, said Bell Helicopter Textron spokesman Bob Leder. Howze was a vice president of the company after he retired from the Army in 1965.

In 1962, Howze presided over a military panel that issued a report calling for aircraft, mainly helicopter, to carry soldiers into battle, resupply them and remove the wounded.

Howze won a Silver Star for service in North Africa during World War II and later commanded the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Airborne Corps.

Ben Magdovitz

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ Ben Magdovitz, retired vice president-advertising director of The Blade, died Wednesday of a stroke. He was 74.

Maddovitz had worked at the former St. Louis Globe-Democrat for 30 years before becoming advertising director of The Blade in 1979. He was elected a vice president of The Toledo Blade Co. in 1980 and a director in 1983. He retired in 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; a daughter, two sons, a sister, and eight grandchildren.

Benjamin Franklin Meyer

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Benjamin Franklin Meyer, a Latin American specialist for The Associated Press in Washington for 14 years, died Wednesday of pneumonia. He was 95.

Meyer joined the AP in Atlanta in 1927 after working for several Texas newspapers. During his AP career, he also worked in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Mexico City, Cuba and Chile.

After retiring from the AP 30 years ago, Meyer became a spokesman for the Organization of American States. He also wrote columns for U.S. and foreign newspapers and lectured on Latin American affairs at universities.

There are no immediate survivors.

Leonard M. Rieser

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) _ Leonard M. Rieser, a Dartmouth College physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb but later campaigned against nuclear weapons, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 76.

Rieser was chairman of the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists. He turned the hands of the so-called Doomsday Clock to indicate how close the world was to nuclear disaster.

Rieser worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, N.M., and in Chicago. He witnessed the first atomic bomb blast, in the desert in New Mexico. He spent the rest of his career trying to keep people from using the bomb.

Rieser joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1952. He was a professor, dean of the faculty and provost during his 40 years at the college.

Alfred Wolf

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (AP) _ Alfred Wolf, who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II and helped improve medical diagnostic techniques while a chemist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, died Thursday. He was 75.

His 50 years of research in organic radiochemistry was crucial to the development of PET scanning, used to diagnose diseases and study the brain.

Wolf spent several years during World War II working in Los Alamos, N.M., on the Manhattan Project, the top-secret effort to build the first atomic bomb.

His later research focused on trying to understand the chemistry of radioactive atoms. That work led to the development of ``radiotracer″ substances used in diagnostic tools like the PET scanner.

His work synthesizing molecules with both radioactive and non-radioactive elements has had many applications, including tracking the movement of air in the atmosphere.

Wolf received the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s Aebersold Award in 1981 and its Hevesy Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Award in 1991.

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