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April 22, 2000

TORONTO (AP) _ Canadian composer Louis Applebaum, long associated with the prestigious classical repertory company the Stratford Festival, died Thursday of cancer. He was 82.

He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1947 for the score for the film, ``The Story of G.I. Joe.″

Applebaum was the first director of the Stratford Festival music department and created and ran the Stratford Music Festival. In his 43 seasons at Stratford, he wrote and conducted music for more than 75 productions.

Applebaum also wrote hundreds of scores for radio, television and film, along with ballet music and symphonic, chamber and choral works.

G.S. Sharat Chandra

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ G.S. Sharat Chandra, a poet, writer and college professor, died Thursday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 64.

Chandra was a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

She wrote several books of poetry including ``Family of Mirrors″ in 1993 and a book of short stories, ``Sari of the Gods.″

Sol Fleischman

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ ``Salty″ Sol Fleischman, whose skipper’s cap, oversize microphone and enthusiastic sports broadcasts made him a local icon, has died. He was 89.

Fleischman, whose first radio broadcast was in 1928, became the dean of Florida announcers. He also wrote a daily outdoors column for the now-defunct Tampa Times and served as sports director for a Tampa television station.

Survivors include his wife, sons Sol Jr. and Marty, and three grandchildren.

Candido B. Gavino

SEATTLE (AP) _ Candido B. ``Ding″ Gavino, a Philippine Army hero who helped build the first Quartermaster Truck Battalion and survived the Bataan death march in World War II, died Monday of pneumonia. He was 84.

Gavino entered the Philippine military in his early 20s and eventually rose to the rank of colonel. He taught other officers and shaped the training program of former President Fidel Ramos.

Micheline Glover

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ Micheline Glover, who worked for the French Resistance during World War II, carrying secret messages strapped to her back, died of a heart attack April 15. She was 76.

Glover received a citation from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for her work in rescuing Allied soldiers from the Nazis.

She began her work in the French Resistance movement when she was 18, working with Pierre Kaan, a Jewish philosophy professor who was later killed in a Nazi death camp.

Her first assignments were riding trains throughout the country, carrying secret messages strapped to her back. When U.S. bombers raided a large tire factory, she photographed the damage for the Allied forces and found shelter for two U.S. airmen who were shot down in the attack.

In her memoirs about the war, she said that was her most dangerous assignment since the two airmen had to be moved around the countryside on bicycles and neither had ridden a bike since their youth.

Samuel V. Merrick

MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Samuel V. Merrick, who led the United States in 1984 to its best finish in Olympic yachting, died Monday. He was 86.

Merrick, a Washington lawyer, retired from a 35-year career in labor and congressional relations in 1977 to take an unpaid post as director of the U.S. Olympic yachting committee. He became chairman in 1980.

In 1984, Merrick helped select a U.S. team that won medals _ three gold and four silver _ in all seven boat classes at the Olympics in Los Angeles. He also won the most prestigious award in American sailing, the Nathaniel G. Herreshoff Trophy.

Merrick finished seventh in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1972, racing a 26-foot keelboat in the one-design boat class.

Paul Wieck

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) _ Paul Wieck, who covered New Mexico’s congressional delegation for the Albuquerque Journal for nearly three decades, died Thursday. He was 71.

He joined the Journal in 1961 as a city hall reporter and went to Washington 20 months later to set up the newspaper’s bureau there.

Wieck came to prominence for his coverage of Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 presidential campaign.

Survivors include two aunts.

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