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October 18, 2002

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Former Oregon Secretary of State Howell Appling Jr. died Wednesday. He was 83.

Appling was appointed to the job in 1959 by former Sen. Mark Hatfield, who was governor at the time. Appling was elected to the post in 1960, but declined to run for re-election in 1964.

Appling later served as chairman of the Oregon presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater in 1964, and Richard Nixon in 1968.

Appling received an engineering degree from Rice University and served in the United States Navy in World War II. He started Independent Distributors, a Portland wholesale logging and farm equipment firm in 1946.

Zara Nelsova

NEW YORK (AP) _ Zara Nelsova, a prominent cellist, died Oct. She was 84.

Nelsova studied Ernest Bloch’s cello works with him in 1949, and he dedicated two of his three suites for unaccompanied cello to her. She also recorded his ``Schelomo″ for cello and orchestra with Bloch conducting.

Nelsova performed as a soloist with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, William Steinberg, Seigi Ozawa and Zubin Mehta and appeared with major orchestras in North America and Europe.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada to Russian parents, Nelsova was a professor at the Juilliard School from 1985 until earlier this year. She played a Stradivarius cello called the Marquis de Corberon and dated 1726.

She performed until 1997.

Greg Nixon

PERU, Ind. (AP) _ Greg Nixon, a former executive with the Indiana-based Nixon Newspapers group, died Thursday. He was 55.

Nixon became the third generation of his family to run the company founded by his grandfather, Don M. Nixon.

Greg Nixon held several positions with Nixon Newspapers, ending as publisher of the Frankfort Times in 1986 when he formed a video and multimedia business in South Bend.

Nixon returned to Nixon Newspapers in July 1994 as the corporation’s director of technology. He also served as general manager for company properties in Wabash and Miami counties in north central Indiana.

Nixon pursued other independent business ventures after Nixon Newspapers was sold to Paxton Media Group.

Nixon’s survivors include his wife, Diana, a daughter and a son.

Allen Walker Read

NEW YORK (AP) _ Allen Walker Read, an English language expert and a longtime professor at Columbia University, died Wednesday at age 96.

Read prospected through the English language, dispelling myths and solving such linguistic mysteries as the origins of the ubiquitous initials ``O.K.″

Read determined that they were first published in The Boston Morning Post on March 23, 1839: ``o.k. - all correct.″ The term appeared at a time when people used initials for misspelled words, such as ``oll korrect.″

His other linguistic pursuits included the study of the names that people from Connecticut have called themselves. A list Read compiled contained such words as Connecticotians, Connecticutensians and Connecticuties, which was used for pretty girls.

He also traced the word Dixie to a minstrel show in New York City in 1850 and determined that Podunk stemmed from a native American name meaning ``where there is a sinking,″ or a swamp.

Read was a professor of English at Columbia from 1945 to 1974 and headed many linguistic organizations, such as the International Linguistic Association.

Alene Fox Uhry

ATLANTA (AP) _ Alene Fox Uhry, a long-time patron of the arts in Atlanta and the mother of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure. She was 93.

Mrs. Uhry’s memorial to her husband, Ralph K. Uhry, who died in 1955, is the basis of the High Museum’s entire print collectio. She was a life director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board, which honored her as one of its guiding lights.

Alfred Uhry, of New York City, is the author of the acclaimed ``Driving Miss Daisy″ and ``The Last Night of Ballyhoo.″ Although she did appear in the movie version of ``Driving Miss Daisy″ _ and spent a day with star Jessica Tandy teaching her to speak Southern _ Mrs. Uhry was not the inspiration for Miss Daisy. Her mother, Lena Fox, was the model for that character.

Mrs. Uhry’s daughter, Dr. Ann Abrams of Atlanta, earned her Ph.D. in art history and is the author of ``Explosion at Orly: The True Account of the Disaster that Transformed Atlanta,″ about the 1962 Air France crash outside Paris that killed 106 Atlantans returning from an art appreciation tour.

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