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Robert Alex Anderson, composer of beloved island songs “Lovely Hula Hands

June 1, 1995

HONOLULU (AP) _ Robert Alex Anderson, composer of beloved island songs ``Lovely Hula Hands,″ ``Mele Kalikimaka″ and ``Haole Hula,″ died Tuesday. He was 100.

Anderson composed more than 125 songs, specializing in English-language tunes known as ``hapa-haole″ songs that showcased the islands as a romantic paradise.

Anderson also was president and board chairman for 40 years with Von Hamm-Young Co., which imported appliances and electronics to the islands.

Glenn Burke

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Glenn Burke, one of the first openly gay baseball players who later said he was blackballed from the league because of his sexual orientation, died Tuesday of AIDS-related complications. He was 42.

Burke, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, also was credited with giving baseball’s first ``high five,″ during the Dodgers’ 1977 World Series season.

Burke, who had been homeless and in prison in recent years, was once considered to have the potential to be a great ballplayer.

But Burke never lived up to that potential, playing just four years, from 1976-80. In 1978, the Dodgers traded him to the A’s, whose manager, Billy Martin, declined to sign him again in 1980.

While his sexual orientation was known within baseball, Burke did not come out publicly until 1982. In later years, he accused league officials of running him out of the game because he was gay.

Phil L. Burleson

DALLAS (AP) _ Phil L. Burleson, an attorney who teamed with noted lawyer Melvin Belli to defend Jack Ruby, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 61.

Ruby was convicted and sentenced to death for gunning down Lee Harvey Oswald, two days after Harvey’s arrest in the assassination of President Kennedy. Ruby died of cancer while awaiting a new trial.

Burleson was president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1977 and director of the State Bar of Texas from 1978 to 1981. In 1994, the Dallas Bar Association gave him its Outstanding Trial Lawyer award.

Mary Robinson Godfrey

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Mary Robinson Godfrey, who led the first team of women nurses aboard a troop carrier during World War I, died Sunday at age 109.

Mrs. Godfrey was the oldest female veteran in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ records, said spokesman Jim McKinnon.

She was chief nurse of a team of women assigned to the USS Leviathan during World War I after 2,000 soldiers came down with a deadly flu virus.

Mrs. Godfrey went on to serve as director of nurses at three Pennsylvania state mental hospitals.

Alice Busch Gronewaldt

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) _ Alice Busch Gronewaldt, a philanthropist and granddaughter of the founders of the Anheuser-Busch brewing empire, died of heart failure Saturday. She was 91.

Gronewaldt was the granddaughter of Adolphus and Lily Busch, who founded the company in 1852.

Gronewaldt, who lived in Palm Beach, Fla., was active in many community organizations. She gave $1 million to Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., for the research of infectious diseases.

Paul J. Kramer

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Paul J. Kramer, a Duke University professor emeritus of botany, died May 24 of heart failure after a long illness. at 91.

Kramer joined Duke in 1931 as a botany instructor and became known as a pioneer in the study of how plants absorb water.

His 1949 book, ``Plant and Water Soil Relationships,″ remained a standard textbook for decades.

Daniel James Macmillan

BOSTON (AP) _ Daniel James Macmillan, a descendant of the founders of the Macmillan publishing house, died of cancer Monday. He was 60.

Macmillan ran Community New Press, which published the Beacon Hill News, Back Bay News and the West End-Waterfront News _ all neighborhood newspapers in Boston.

He was a first cousin once removed of the late British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

Wayne B. Owen

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) _ Wayne B. Owen, who never missed a day of work in 45 years as a reporter and editor at the Leader Times, died Saturday. He was 83.

Owen began his career at the paper as a reporter in 1932 and was named managing editor in 1937. He retired in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, two grandchildren, and a sister.

Archibald Russell

LONDON (AP) _ Sir Archibald Russell, who played a leading role in developing the Concorde supersonic jetliner, died Monday of pneumonia. He was 90.

He was joint chairman of the Concorde Board of Directors from 1965 to 1969, responsible for the British half of the Anglo-French design team that produced the first Concorde prototype in 1969.

Russell joined the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1926, helping to develop the Blenheim bomber and other British planes during World War II. The company later became part of British Aircraft Corp.

Salvatore Travolta

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Salvatore Travolta, the father of actor John Travolta, died Monday of a heart ailment at age 82.

The elder Travolta is survived by six children, including John, and his wife, June.

John Travolta was nominated for best actor at this year’s Academy Awards for his role in ``Pulp Fiction.″

Charles D. Treleven

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Charles D. Treleven, a newspaper and syndicate editor for more than 40 years, died May 23 of a stroke. He was 79.

Trevelen started his career as a reporter for the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune and later was an editor at the Milwaukee Journal, the European edition of Stars and Stripes, and the Philadelphia Bulletin.

He was associate editor of United Feature Syndicate from 1956 to 1971 and assistant managing editor of the Tucson Citizen until his retirement in 1978. After retiring, he wrote for the Prescott Courier.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and two daughters.

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