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Kendall L. Hayes, a country music songwriter whose song “Walk On By” was

February 12, 1995

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Kendall L. Hayes, a country music songwriter whose song ``Walk On By″ was recorded by 150 artists, died Friday of liver cancer. He was 59.

Hayes, whose other big hit was ``Don’t Give Up The Ship,″ recorded by Johnny Wright, also performed on Grand Ole Opry roadshows in the 1960s with performers like Billy Walker and banjo player Stringbean.

In 1961, Leroy Van Dyke’s version of ``Walk On By″ spent 19 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s country singles chart, and made it to No. 5 on the pop chart.

Billboard named Van Dyke’s record the top charting country record of all time in its 100th anniversary edition, published Nov. 1. ``Walk On By″ also was recorded by Asleep at the Wheel, Donna Fargo and rockabilly artist Robert Gordon.

Hayes had other songs recorded by Eddy Arnold, Johnny Wright, Hank Locklin and others.

Dr. Robert L. Kaiser

ATLANTA (AP) _ Dr. Robert L. Kaiser, who researched malaria and other tropical diseases, died Thursday in his Atlanta home. He was 64.

For 30 years, Kaiser led efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for programs to control parasitic diseases. He worked with state and local health departments to strengthen programs to combat such diseases.

As a member of the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Malaria. Kaiser helped change prevention and treatment of the disease in the early 1970s. He emphasized treating the disease with chemotherapy to prevent death.

In recent years, Kaiser pursued programs to reduce sickness and death from malaria and other parasitic diseases in Africa, Thailand and other developing nations.

George Metcalf

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ George Metcalf, a chaplain who helped write a special prayer to stop the rain so Allied warplanes could bomb Adolf Hitler’s forces during the Battle of the Bulge, died Thursday. He was 88.

In December 1944, Gen. George Patton ordered Metcalf, then supervisor of chaplains in Patton’s Third Army, to come up with a special prayer asking God to part the clouds protecting the German army in the Ardennes Forest in Luxembourg and Belgium.

Metcalf sought the advice of the Third Army’s head chaplain, James O’Neill. They took elements from Anglican and Catholic weather prayers and combined them into a prayer that satisfied Patton.

Whether it was the prayer or chance, the weather broke just before Christmas, Allied air forces pounded the Nazi troops, and by mid-January the Allies had crushed one of Germany’s last major counterattacks of World War II.

Ernest Prichard

ATLANTA (AP) _ Ernest Prichard, a teletype operator with The Associated Press for 43 years, died Saturday of leukemia. He was 81.

Prichard retired in 1977 after operating teletypes in AP bureaus in Omaha, Neb.; Richmond, Va.; Nashville and Atlanta.

He is survived by his wife, two children and five grandchildren.

Leonard Silk

NEW YORK (AP) _ Leonard S. Silk, a columnist and editorial writer for The New York Times and Business Week, died Friday at his home in Montclair, N.J., of liver cancer. He was 76.

Silk, who wrote his last Economic Scene column for the Times just over two years ago, was a pioneer in making complex economic issues understandable to general readers.

An author of 15 books, Silk started at Business Week in 1954 and then moved to the Times in 1970. For most of the 1970s, Silk wrote most of the Times editorials on economics. In 1976, he became a full-time columnist, writing the twice-weekly Economic Scene column that appeared on the business pages.

Silk’s best-known books are ``Economics in Plain English,″ ``Economics in the Real World,″ and ``The American Establishment,″ which he wrote with a son, Mark, who is now a writer for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

Silk is survived by his wife, Bernice Scher, a concert pianist; sons Mark and Adam Silk; two sisters, and five grandchildren.

David Wayne

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ David Wayne, a versatile actor who won Tony awards for ``Finian’s Rainbow″ and ``The Teahouse of the August Moon,″ died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 81.

Wayne began his long career in 1936, when he joined a Shakespearean repertory company in Cleveland. He teamed with a touring marionette company and then went to Broadway before joining the military during World War II.

Two years after being discharged from the Army, he returned to the stage, playing the leprechaun in the Irish fantasy ``Finian’s Rainbow″ in 1947.

Seven years later, he won his second Tony, this time for playing Sakini, an Okinawan bent on melding cultures in ``The Teahouse of the August Moon.″

Wayne also appeared opposite Henry Fonda in 1948 in ``Mister Roberts.″

His films include ``Portrait of Jennie,″ ``Adam’s Rib,″ ``How to Marry a Millionaire,″ ``The Three Faces of Eve,″ ``Andromeda Strain,″ ``The Last Angry Man,″ ``The Front Page,″ ``The Apple Dumpling Gang″ and ``The Survivalist.″

On television, Wayne starred in the series ``Pearson Norby″ in 1955 and was Inspector Richard Queen in ``The Adventures of Ellery Queen″ in 1975-76.

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