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July 22, 2000

WAYNESBORO, Pa. (AP) _ Milton W. Garland, who was called ``Mr. Refrigeration″ by his engineering peers for his pioneering work, died Wednesday. He was 104.

Garland, whose 80-year career with a central Pennsylvania engineering firm earned him an award as the nation’s oldest worker in 1998, held the patents to 41 refrigeration devices and processes.

In addition to his innovations in refrigeration technology, Garland helped perfect the production of synthetic rubber during World War II.

Garland served in the Navy in World War I. After getting his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, he joined the Frick Co. in 1920.

Garland worked on the Hoover Dam, where he helped design refrigeration systems to cool the water, sand and rock used to make the concrete amidst the Sahara-like temperatures of southern Nevada.

Other development that Garland worked on for Frick included some of the first successful large-scale machinery in America for making dry ice, cold storage facilities that kept food fresher and easier to transport, and preserved food for American troops during World War II.

John Husar

CHICAGO (AP) _ John Husar, a Chicago Tribune columnist who spent the last year writing about his struggle with hepatitis C and his need for a liver transplant, died Thursday. He was 63.

He died little more than a week after receiving part of a new liver.

Husar, an outdoor writer for the last 20 years, shared details about his five near-misses with transplants _ times when he waited in hospitals as a ``backup″ in case another recipient could not accept an organ.

Husar also was a Tribune sportswriter. He covered a variety of sporting events, including eight Olympics.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, four brothers, a sister, and three grandchildren.

James H. Morrison

HAMMOND, La. (AP) _ James H. Morrison, a Democrat who represented southeastern Louisiana in Congress from the late stages of the Depression through the beginning of the Vietnam War, died Thursday. He was 91.

Morrison was a lawyer who served in Congress from 1943 until 1967.

During his later years, Morrison focused on developing Southeastern University, raising money and soliciting votes for proposed federal projects that would help the school.

Portions of U.S. Route 51 are named for him.

Morrison’s ability to get federal money for highway projects such as the interchange of Interstates 55 and 12 in Hammond, may have been his most significant contribution in Congress, friends and colleagues said.

H. LeBaron Taylor

NEW YORK (AP) _ H. LeBaron Taylor, a Sony executive who pioneered the mass marketing of music rooted in black culture and fostered minority development in the corporate world, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 65.

Taylor worked in a dual capacity, as senior vice president for corporate affairs at Sony Music Entertainment and as vice president for corporate affairs at Sony Software Corp.

He was recognized by Ebony magazine as one of the top 50 black executives in corporate America.

His responsibilities at Sony encompassed specific governmental and public affairs matters, as well as equal opportunity employment, minority development and corporate philanthropy.

In the 1970s, Taylor was at CBS Records, leading its Black Music Marketing department, which sold music originating in black culture and styles that sprang from it, such as blues, soul, rap and hip-hop.

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