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Dean Craven Baker, a former University o

December 4, 1997

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Dean Craven Baker, a former University of Michigan journalism professor who received acclaim for his study of media coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died Nov. 28, his 84th birthday.

Baker taught journalism for 36 years and served as assistant dean of the college of Literature, Science and the Arts.

During his teaching career he also worked as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal and the Detroit Times.

After an exhaustive study of stories reported by 143 newspapers in 50 states, Baker’s study, which compared broadcast with newspaper coverage of the 1963 assassination, concluded that the majority of the newspapers had done a good job of covering the events surrounding Kennedy’s slaying.

Baker is survived by his wife, three daughters, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Tristan E. Beplat

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Tristan E. Beplat, a banker on Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s team rebuilding Japan’s postwar economy and a seminal force behind that country’s export economy, died Friday of complications from a fall. He was 85.

As a first lieutenant with experience in currency trading with Manufacturers Hanover, Beplat initially served as chief of the foreign exchange operation in the early days of the U.S. occupation of Japan.

He remained in Japan as a civilian to serve as chief of the money and banking branch and chairman of the foreign exchange committee, developing a policy that produced a sharp devaluation of the yen to encourage exports.

Beplat became a State Department consultant in 1948 and later opened a Manufacturers Hanover office in Japan, the first postwar office for any U.S. bank. He become the bank’s senior vice president and deputy general manager of the international division before retiring in 1974.

In retirement, he became a consultant for Philippine ruler Ferdinand Marcos and was wired nearly $500,000 in the final days of Marcos’ regime.

During an investigation of Marcos’ tangled finances, Beplat said he was given the money to buy homes for the Marcos children while they attended Princeton University.

Beplat went on to serve as a consultant for Philippine President Corazon Aquino.

Steve Hamilton

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) _ Steve Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 reliever who pitched in two World Series for the New York Yankees and played in the NBA championship finals for the Minneapolis Lakers, died of cancer Tuesday. He was 63.

Hamilton was an athletic director and baseball coach at Morehead State University, where he had been a three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball and track.

Hamilton, a left-hander, pitched in the majors from 1961 to 1972 with the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, both Chicago teams, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees.

He enjoyed his greatest success during his eight years with the Yankees, appearing in the World Series in 1963 and 1964.

Before joining the majors, Hamilton played two seasons in the NBA with the Minneapolis Lakers from 1958-60, averaging. He played in the NBA championship series in 1959.

Michael Hedges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Michael Hedges, an acoustic guitarist known for his unusual two-handed picking style and a co-founder of the Windham Hill music label, was killed in an automobile crash. He was 43.

Authorities, who found his body Tuesday, said Hedges’ car apparently skidded off a curve and down a steep embankment a few days earlier.

Known for innovations such as simultaneously picking both ends of the guitar, the Grammy nominee described his own music as ``heavy mental″, ``acoustic thrash″ and ``new edge.″

In the early 1980s, he helped establish the Windham Hill label with his albums ``Breakfast in the Field″ (1983) and ``Aerial Boundaries″ (1984). He also collaborated with such musicians as bassist Michael Manring, guitarist Dweezil Zappa and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Marge Kotlisky

CHICAGO (AP) _ Movie, television and stage actress Marge Kotlisky, best known for her roles in ``Major League,″ ``Homicide″ and ``Sixteen Candles,″ died of cancer Tuesday. She was 70.

Ms. Kotlisky won an Obie Award for her role in David Mamet’s ``Edmond″ in New York, where she also played in ``Lost in Yonkers″ and ``Isn’t It Romantic?″

In Chicago, she won a Jefferson Award for her performances in ``You Can’t Take It With You,″ ``Under Milk Wood″ and ``The National Health.″

She also has a part in the movie ``The Con Game,″ due for release early next year.

Donald H. Patterson Sr.

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Former publisher Donald H. Patterson Sr., who is credited with expanding and modernizing The Sun newspapers’ printing plant, died of cancer Tuesday in Annapolis. He was 81.

Patterson, who was the last in a series of fathers and sons who presided over the newspapers for much of this century, was named publisher in 1977 and two years later became president of the parent A.S. Abell Co. He retired in 1983, 13 years before the newspapers were purchased by Times Mirror Co.

Patterson graduated from Princeton University in 1940 and was commissioned as an ensign in 1941, among the first group of reserve officers to attend the Naval Academy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service during the invasion of southern France in 1944.

After returning home, his father, Paul C. Patterson, invited him to join the paper. He at first refused but later accepted and was instrumental in the construction of the newspapers’ plant in the late 1940s.

In 1979, he oversaw a $51 million expansion of the plant that introduced the use of color to the newspapers in 1982.

After his retirement, Patterson became president of the A.S. Abell Foundation, which funds educational, medical and cultural institutions.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, two sons, two daughters and a brother.

Robert M. Rankin

FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) _ Robert M. Rankin, an outdoors editor for The Cincinnati Enquirer for 40 years, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 80.

His travels for his job took Rankin from Alaska to the rain forests of Central America. He retired in 1980, but continued to write outdoors columns for for several northern Kentucky newspapers and national outdoor magazines.

Rankin was a graduate of the University of Kentucky journalism school. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, and two daughters.

Audree Neva Wilson

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Audree Neva Wilson, mother of three founding members of the Beach Boys, died Monday from heart and kidney failure. She was 80.

Her sons Dennis, Carl and Brian were the nucleus of the group that led the surf music wave in the 1960s.

Mrs. Wilson tried to sue HarperCollins earlier this year for publishing her son Brian’s autobiography, but a judge ruled it did not damage her reputation. Brian Wilson wrote in ``Wouldn’t It Be Nice: My Own Story″ that his mother watched passively as his father beat him as a child.

Mrs. Wilson married Murry Wilson and was widowed in 1973. She never remarried.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by sons Brian and Carl, and nine grandchildren, including pop singers Carnie and Wendy Wilson. Mrs. Wilson’s son Dennis drowned in 1983.

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