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HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) _ Thyra Johnston, whose life inspired a ground-break

November 27, 1995

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) _ Thyra Johnston, whose life inspired a ground-breaking book and film about race relations, died Wednesday at 91.

She and her husband, Dr. Albert Johnston, were the subject of the 1948 book ``Lost Boundaries″ and the film of the same name, which won the best script award at the 1949 Cannes Film Festival.

They tell the story of how the Johnstons, who were black, passed as white so he could practice medicine in New Hampshire in the 1930s, when black doctors were not permitted to treat white patients. Johnston died in 1988.

Their secret came out in 1941 during a background check by the Navy, after Johnston applied for a commission. He was rejected.

Carl Walter Linden

HARTFORD, Conn. _ Carl Walter Linden, the stylist who unveiled the pageboy haircut in 1935, died Wednesday at 91.

Linden, a native of Sweden, unveiled the women’s cut at the International Hairstyling Show in New York City in 1935. The style features hair worn straight and close to the head, with the ends rolled under.

He won the International Grand Prize of Hairstyling that same year.

Linden owned and operated a salon in Hartford from 1945 to 1980.

Henry J. Knott Sr.

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Henry J. Knott Sr., a millionaire developer and philanthropist who gave much of his fortune to educational and medical institutions, died of pneumonia Sunday. He was 89.

Knott is credited with giving away more than $140 million, primarily to Maryland colleges, schools and hospitals, particularly Johns Hopkins Hospital, Loyola College and Roman Catholic schools. His fortune was estimated at $150 million in 1987.

One of Knott’s largest gifts was the creation of a $26 million fund in 1988 that benefited 31 Baltimore-area educational, health and cultural institutions.

Bernard M. Oliver

LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Bernard M. Oliver, who designed the first hand-held calculator and did research on extraterrestrial intelligence, died Thursday at 79.

Oliver joined Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1952 as director of research and was promoted to vice president in 1957, the same year he joined the company’s board of directors.

In the early 1970s, Hewlett-Packard produced the hand-held calculator that Oliver designed. Also that decade, Oliver became involved in searching for extraterrestrial intelligence using radio telescopes at the NASA Ames Institute.

Until his death, Oliver was heavily involved at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, which continued the extraterrestrial intelligence search he started at Ames.

He earned the National Medal of Science in 1986.

Lee Rogers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Lee Rogers, who made it to the major leagues in 1938 and then split the season between the Boston Red Sox and Brooklyn Dodgers, died Thursday after suffering a heart attack last month. He was 82.

Rogers pitched 14 games for the Red Sox, compiled a 1-1 record and had an earned run average of 6.51. Later that season, he resurfaced with the Dodgers, going 0-2 in 12 games and lowering his ERA to 5.70.

Rogers was a football official in the Southwest Conference for 15 years.

Max Fernandez Rojas

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) _ Max Fernandez Rojas, a tycoon-turned-politician who was one of the wealthiest people in the country, died Sunday in an airplane crash outside Uyuni about 190 miles south of La Paz. He was 51.

The crash also claimed the lives of six others on board Rojas’s private twin-engine craft. Cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Fernandez, a popular member of the opposition UCS party that is part of the governing coalition, was the majority owner of the Bolivian National Brewery (CBN). CBN exports to Brazil, Mexico and Argentina and was hoping to enter the Russian market as well.

Fernandez accumulated a fortune initially by working with the Gulf Oil Co. and later by running a trucking business that distributed beer to the rural sectors of the country.

Fernandez bought a 70 percent interest in CBN in 1986.

Richard G. Shoup

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) _ Richard G. Shoup, a former mayor and congressman, died Saturday at 71.

He served Missoula as alderman and mayor before winning the seat of five-term U.S. Rep. Arnold Olsen in 1970.

During the Watergate scandal, Shoup called for President Nixon’s resignation in August 1974, and later said President Ford erred in pardoning him. Shoup, one of dozens of Republican officeholders hurt by the scandal, lost his House seat to Max Baucus in 1974.

Shoup worked as a lobbyist for the Union Pacific Corp. from 1975 to 1983.

Johnnie Tillmon-Blackston

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Johnnie Tillmon-Blackston, a single mother of six who became a national welfare rights leader, died Wednesday after a long bout with diabetes. She was 69.

Her rise to prominence began at her Watts housing project in the 1960s when she became angry with officials staging midnight raids to find evidence of welfare cheats.

In response, she created the National Welfare Rights Organization, which held its first annual convention in 1966. The group _ made up of thousands of women, most of whom were on welfare _ was the first to argue that poverty was increasingly affecting women because of poor child care and lower wages.

Tillmon-Blackston moved to Washington in 1972 to become the organization’s executive director. But a lack of funds forced the group to close two years later.

Leo K. Underhill

BETHEL, Ohio (AP) _ Broadcast personality Leo K. Underhill died of cancer Friday. He was 72.

For 20 years, Underhill hosted the morning show at WNOP-AM, an all-jazz radio station that once floated on the Ohio River in Newport, Ky. He retired in 1984. The station is now located in Cincinnati.

Underhill began his broadcasting career in 1948. He worked at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati, then a rhythm-and-blues station, until 1961.

He is survived by his wife, Marge; a son, Leo; a daughter, JoDee Underhill; and a sister.

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