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Obituaries in the News

September 16, 2003

Monte E. Canfield

LAKIN, Kan. (AP) _ Monte E. Canfield Sr., publisher of the Lakin Independent for 56 years, died Saturday. He was 86.

Canfield and his wife, Gloria, moved to Lakin in 1947. He was a former mayor of Lakin, as well as past county chairman of the Republican Party.

Canfield was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Philippines with the U.S. Army.

After attending Fort Hays State University, he worked for newspapers in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Oklahoma before becoming the owner of the newspaper in Skidmore, Mo. He also was an advertising salesman for The Kansas City Star from 1943 until he entered the Army in 1945.

In 1947, he moved to Lakin and became the owner, publisher and editor of the Lakin Independent.


Rosa Maria Cardini

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Rosa Maria Cardini, who turned the salad dressing recipe of her father, Caesar, into a multimillion-dollar business, died Sept. 3. She was 75.

Caesar dressing gained popularity in the 1940s as the family distributed their bottled recipe around the country. By 1953, the International Society of Epicures called the Caesar salad ``the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years.″

Cardini started in the business at age 10, helping to bottle her father’s recipe, which the family sold from their station wagon at Los Angeles’ Farmers Market.

Cardini’s dressing used olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, egg, garlic, croutons and Parmesan. It had been developed at her father’s Caesar’s Hotel, a Tijuana restaurant popular with Hollywood celebrities.


Jules Engel

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) _ Jules Engel, a talented animator who worked on the classic Disney films ``Fantasia″ and ``Bambi,″ died Sept. 6. He was 94.

Engel was perhaps best known for choreographing the dance sequences in ``Fantasia,″ the revolutionary 1940 film that set the actions of animated characters, including Mickey Mouse, to classical music.

His work included the over-the-top sequence featuring tutu-clad hippos dancing to Ponchielli’s ``Dance of the Hours.″

His radical approach to color can also be seen in the 1942 hit ``Bambi.″

Engel helped found two animation studios, United Productions of America, where he helped develop the cantankerous but lovable Mr. Magoo, and Format Films, where he helped give life to Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Over the years, he collaborated with Dr. Seuss author Theodor Seuss Geisel and science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury.

He taught at the California Institute of the Arts, founding the school’s experimental animation program. Engel also painted, and his works have been exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Charlie P. Harris

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Bassist Charlie P. Harris, who toured with Lionel Hampton’s big band in the 1940s and backed up singer Nat King Cole on his television show in the 1950s, died Sept. 9. He was 87.

He got his start in Baltimore clubs, earning $2 to $3 a night. Harris taught elementary school for several years while performing at night.

He toured with Hampton’s big band beginning in 1941 and joined Cole’s trio in 1951, recording on some of the singer’s hits, including ``Mona Lisa,″ ``Unforgettable,″ ``Ramblin Rose″ and ``Smile.″ Harris left the trio in 1964, a few months before Cole died.

He returned to Baltimore where he worked as a decorator and salesman for Fradkin Brothers Furniture Co. until retiring in the late 1970s.


J.R. Humphreys

NEW YORK (AP) _ J.R. Humphreys, founder of a writers’ program at Columbia University’s School of General Studies, and an author of fiction and nonfiction, died Aug. 25. He was 85.

Humphreys was a part of Columbia for 40 years, serving as a member of the English department, director of the School of General Studies creative writing program and senior lecturer.

Born in Michigan, Humphreys served in Britain and France in World War II as part of the Army Signal Corps.

He returned to his Michigan hometown to write a descriptive nonfiction book called ``The Last of the Middle West″ and published it in 1966. His 1977 novel ``Subway to Samarkand″ was on the Notable Books of the Year list in The New York Times Book Review.


Allen Lewis

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Allen Lewis, a longtime baseball writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer who earned a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame, died Sunday. He was 86.

Lewis, the Philadelphia Phillies beat writer from 1946 until 1972, was a member of the Hall of Fame’s Veterans Committee from 1979 until 2000 and served as chairman of Major League Baseball’s Scoring Committee from 1960 to 1974.

He briefly covered the Philadelphia Warriors of the Basketball Association of America, chronicling that team’s championship in 1946.

In 1981, Lewis was awarded the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which gained him admission to the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He served in the Air Force during World War II.

Lewis came out of retirement in 1980 to assist with The Inquirer’s coverage of the Phillies’ World Series triumph, and later provided a weekly baseball trivia question for Sunday papers.

In 1998, he was the first official scorer for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, performing those duties until last year.

He is survived by his daughter and three grandchildren.


Robert Neathery

WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri broadcasting pioneer Robert Neathery Sr. died Monday. He was 95.

Neathery, the founder of the Ozark Radio Network, established AM radio station KWPM in West Plains in 1947. It was the first station between Memphis, Tenn., and Springfield, Mo.

Neathery also is credited with introducing Missouri’s first cable television system in West Plains in 1950.

He owned Neathery Radio and Electric Company and was a long-time business and civic leader in the Howell County area.


Byron V. Pepitone

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) _ Byron V. Pepitone, who oversaw the military draft during the latter days of the Vietnam War, died Thursday. He was 85.

Pepitone was appointed selective service director by President Nixon in 1972 and later served under Presidents Ford and Carter.

He helped write a bill that allowed draft evaders to return to the country in exchange for alternative service, such as working for the Peace Corps, Salvation Army or other groups. He resigned in 1977 when Carter wanted to give blanket amnesty without the alternative service requirement.

He served during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for his service.

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