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Maggie Cousins

August 2, 1996

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Maggie Cousins, an author and former managing editor at McCall’s and Good Housekeeping magazines, died Tuesday. She was 91.

After working as an editor with Hearst Magazines, Cousins became managing editor of Good Housekeeping in 1942, and at McCall’s Magazine in 1958. Cousins also served as a top editor at Doubleday & Company and at Ladies Home Journal. She retired in 1973.

She wrote several children’s books, including ``Benjamin Franklin of Old Philadelphia″ and ``The Story of Thomas Edison.″

Cousins received the J.C. Penney-University of Missouri Award for Excellence in Magazine Writing and the Women in Communications Headliner Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was also inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

Survivors include her niece and a nephew.

Howard R. Gill Jr.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Howard R. Gill Jr., who subsidized early publications of Golf Digest by working as a chicken farmer and then served as publisher for 35 years, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

Gill and two friends who attended high school and Northwestern University together began distributing a free, digest-sized version of Golf Digest to Chicago-area courses in the early 1950s.

Under Gill and co-founder William H. Davis, Golf Digest moved to a full-size national publication in 1957, relocated to Connecticut in 1962, was sold to The New York Times Company in 1969 and reached 1 million circulation in 1980.

Gill also published Tennis magazine from 1976 to 1985.

Helen S. Hornby

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) _ Helen S. Hornby, owner of several newspapers, died Wednesday after a short illness. She was to turn 80 in two days.

The adopted daughter of a prominent eastern Montana pioneer family, Hornby was a founder and director of the Star Printing Co., parent corporation of the Enterprise and of newspapers in Miles City, Glendive, Terry and Dillon, Mont., and Las Cruces, N.M.; as well as KATL-AM radio and Star Office Supply Co. in Miles City.

Magda Schneider

SCHOENAU, Germany (AP) _ Magda Schneider, a prewar German film and stage star who later appeared in movies and a TV series with her daughter Romy, died Thursday after a long battle with heart disease.

The main German biographical reference, Munzinger’s, gives Schneider’s age as 87. The U.S.-published Film Encyclopedia says she was born a year earlier.

A trained singer and dancer, Schneider debuted in 1931 in ``Two in a Car.″ She was a film and stage star in Germany and Austria in the 1930s, specializing in light, romantic leads, and made more than 70 films.

She played supporting roles in films with her daughter Romy, beginning in the 1950s. In the television series ``Sissi,″ starring Romy in the title role, Schneider played the mother of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The series was released in the United States in 1962 as ``Forever My Love.″

Romy Schneider died in 1982 of a heart attack at the age of 43.

Lex van Weren

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Lex van Weren, a Dutch musician who survived Auschwitz by playing trumpet in a band of Jewish inmates during executions, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 76.

Van Weren’s experience was recorded in a television documentary and a biography titled, ``Trumpeter of Auschwitz.″

Among 56,500 Dutch Jews deported to Auschwitz, less than 1,000 survived.

``I still wonder how I could have played music at death’s door,″ he once said.

At the beginning of the Nazi occupation, Van Weren was a member of the city’s Jewish Symphony Orchestra.

After the war, besides playing with the City Theater Orchestra, he also ran a cafe.

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