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January 18, 2000

LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Gerald Faverman, a public policy consultant known for his knowledge about government and its effect on people, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 64.

Faverman worked with Public Sector Consultants in Lansing from 1980 until the mid-1990s, when he left to start a consulting company with his son, David.

Last year, FG Consulting did some work for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Geoffrey Fieger, who won the Democratic primary but lost to Gov. John Engler in the general election.

Faverman taught at various times at Wayne State University, Central Michigan University and Michigan State University, where he was on the staff as a professor of social policy.

He left Michigan State to serve as founding dean of the Ohio University College Of Osteopathic Medicine and later served as vice provost of that university and professor political science.

Benjamin Masselink

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Benjamin ``Ben″ Masselink, a novelist, columnist and script writer for ``Hawaii Five-O″ and ``Starsky and Hutch,″ died Thursday of prostate cancer. He was 80.

Masselink wrote a column called ``Tales of an Ancient Beachcomber.″ It most recently ran in the Daily Breeze, published in Torrance, Calif.

His work also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, TV Guide, Playboy, the Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ Home Journal and Cosmopolitan.

Masselink wrote a series of books, and in the 1960s focused on television writing and produced scripts for ``Dr. Kildare,″ ``Marcus Welby, M.D.,″ ``Barnaby Jones,″ ``Hawaii Five-O″ and ``Starsky and Hutch.″

John Newland

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ John Newland, the dignified host of the old ``Alcoa Presents″ television series, died Jan. 10. He was 82.

Newland directed and was the host of all 99 segments of ``Alcoa Presents,″ which ran from 1959-61. The show dramatized case histories of supposed occult phenomena. It later went into syndication as ``One Step Beyond.″

He also had roles on ``Robert Montgomery Presents,″ ``Philco Playhouse,″ ``Studio One″ and ``Kraft Theater.″

He directed TV movies and episodes of many shows, including ``The Loretta Young Show,″ ``Alfred Hitchcock Presents,″ ``Wonder Woman″ and ``Fantasy Island.″

At age 51 he directed his first film, ``My Lover, My Son,″ a 1969 British feature about incest starring Romy Schneider.

Susumu Ohno

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Susumu Ohno, a pioneering geneticist whose research focused on the role of genes in evolution and sex determination, died Thursday from complications of lung cancer. He was 71.

Ohno is credited with developing the theory that evolution is strongly linked to redundancy in the sequence of chemical building blocks that make up genes. He also discovered that one of the two X-chromosomes in female mammals is inactive.

Ohno published more than 350 scientific papers in the United States and abroad. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and, in 1992, he was elected to the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

John Morris Rankin

MARGAREE HARBOUR, Nova Scotia (AP) _ John Morris Rankin, a member of the musical family that helped popularize Cape Breton-style Celtic music, was killed Sunday when his truck ran off a road into the ocean. He was 40.

Rankin died while driving his son and two other teen-agers to a morning hockey game. The three youths were all rescued unharmed from the frigid ocean water off Nova Scotia in eastern Canada.

Rankin played fiddle and piano with his four siblings in groups known first as The Rankin Family and then the Rankins. Their music drew from the strong traditional Celtic roots of Cape Breton island, a part of Nova Scotia.

The group sold more than 2 million records and won five Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy. The Rankins broke up last summer.

Ion Ratiu

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Ion Ratiu, a former presidential candidate who once chained himself to the railings outside London’s Ritz Hotel to protest the plight of Romanians under communism, died Sunday. He was 82.

Ratiu was a diplomat who left the country in 1940. He settled in Britain, where he worked as a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corp.

When former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu visited Britain in 1977 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Ratiu chained himself to the railings outside the hotel in protest of Britain’s treatment of Ceausescu’s regime.

Ratiu returned to his homeland in 1990 after the collapse of communism. He ran for president, but many Romanians distrusted the man they called ``Mr. Bow-tie,″ partly because of his English manners and partly because he hadn’t suffered the same hardships as millions of Romanians.

At the time of his death, he headed the Romanian delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO.

Timothy Reed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Timothy ``Little Rock″ Reed, who crusaded in Ohio for American Indian prisoners, died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a car accident. He was 39.

Reed, who had said Ohio authorities wanted to silence him for speaking out against alleged abuses of Indian prisoners, fought for five years to prevent being extradited from New Mexico to Ohio. He eventually lost the battle in the U.S. Supreme Court.

He had served a decade in prison in Ohio for armed robberies and drug theft. While in prison, Reed transformed himself from a young thug to a jailhouse legal expert, filing documents for fellow inmates and organizing a group that worked for Indian prisoners’ religious rights.

Six weeks before his yearlong parole would have ended in 1993, he fled to New Mexico.

He was picked up in Taos in 1994. But a state district judge ruled he fled Ohio ``under duress and under a reasonable fear for his safety and life,″ and released him. The state Supreme Court agreed in 1997. Then-Chief Justice Gene Franchini wrote that Reed was not a fugitive from justice but a ``refugee from injustice.″

That ruling was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, and Reed was returned to Ohio.

Irving Stone

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Irving Stone, who started working in his family’s greeting card business at age 5 and helped transform it into American Greetings Corp., one of the world’s largest card makers, died Monday. He was 90.

Stone’s father, Jacob Sapirstein, founded American Greetings Corp. in 1906 by selling picture postcards from his wagon.

By age 9, Stone had become a partner in the company and handled every aspect of the business, from sales to delivery to billing, for two months while his father was ill. He was the company’s bookkeeper by age 12.

Dissatisfied with the quality of cards the family was buying for resale, Stone got the company to begin designing and printing its own in the 1930s. One of his earliest verses, ``From Someone Who Likes To Remember Someone Too Nice To Forget,″ has sold more cards than any other in the company’s history and is still part of the line.

Stone became company president in 1960, and was promoted to chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1978.

Charles Joseph Tiano

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Charles Joseph Tiano, sports editor of the Kingston Daily Freeman for more than 25 years, died Saturday. He was 87.

Tiano worked for the Freeman from 1945 to 1976.

Survivors include his wife and his daughter.

David Rogerson Williams Jr.

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) _ David Rogerson Williams Jr., one of the founders of the Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams Cos., died Saturday. He was 78.

David Williams and his cousins, Charles P. Williams and John H. Williams, started Williams Bros., a construction company, which was later joined by David Williams’ younger brother, Joseph H. Williams.

The company has since evolved from its engineering and construction origins to become the owner and operator of the largest network of oil and gas pipelines in North America.

In the early 1950s, David Williams developed the technology for transporting solids in pipelines, and he built the first coal-slurry pipeline in 1956.

Until 1997, he headed Williams Technologies, an owner and operator of Black Mesa Pipeline, which is the only operating coal-slurry pipeline in the United States.

In 1971, following his early retirement from the Williams Cos., he was instrumental in amalgamating the Slick Corp. and Resource Sciences Corp. into United States Filter Corp.

Robert Rathbun Wilson

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) _ Robert Rathbun Wilson, a nuclear physicist who was a leader in the Manhattan Project, died Sunday. He was 85.

In 1942, Wilson collaborated with Enrico Fermi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on experiments that would lead to the atomic bomb. Wilson’s job was designing particle accelerators.

The work at MIT was a precursor to the secretive World War II effort known as the Manhattan Project. Wilson invented an electromechanical method for separating uranium isotopes that became known as the Isotron method.

In 1943, Wilson and colleagues from Princeton moved their work to Los Alamos, New Mexico. There he headed the Experimental Nuclear Physics Division.

Wilson also served as director of the National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., which, at four-miles-long, was one of the world’s largest physics facility.

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