Obituaries in the News
Obituaries in the News
The Associated Press
Feb. 12, 1999
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Ducote ``Duke'' Andrepont, one of the founders of the Daily World in Opelousas in 1939, died Wednesday. He was 80.
The Daily World was the first daily newspaper in the nation to use the offset printing method, and a copy of the first edition of the paper is in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Today, most newspapers use offset.
Andrepont was also retired editor and publisher of the Louisiana Peace Officers Association magazine.
Survivors include his wife, Florence; a son; two sisters; and a grandchild.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Leonard Arrington, one of the foremost historians of Mormonism and the mentor of a generation of Mormon scholars, died Thursday at the age of 81.
Arrington, for a decade historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wrote 21 books including ``Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints'' and ``Brigham Young: American Moses.'' He also was co-author of ``The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints.''
Named church historian in 1972 by President Joseph Fielding Smith, Arrington was the first professional historian to hold the post. He oversaw a period of several years in the 1970s when the church's voluminous archives were opened to many historians, both Mormon and non-Mormon.
That access was slowly closed off by church leaders beginning in the late 1970s.
Arrington, released as church historian in 1982, wrote some 200 articles on historical topics. He was a professor of economics at Utah State University from 1946 to 1972.
John Lambert Cotter
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ John Lambert Cotter, an archaeologist and author, died Feb. 4. He was 87.
Cotter retired as curator emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, but continued to work there until last month.
In the 1930s, he headed a team from the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia that uncovered weapons and tools in New Mexico used 11,000 years ago by the earliest humans known to have lived in North America. He wrote three books on the earliest days of Philadelphia and Jamestown, Va.
In 1940, he joined the National Park Service as archaeologist in charge of a prehistoric pueblo preserved as a national monument in Arizona. He spent 37 years with the agency.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Danny Dayton, who appeared in the 1955 movie ``Guys and Dolls'' and whose TV roles spanned decades from ``All in the Family'' to ``Friends,'' died Saturday of emphysema. He was 75.
Dayton was an award-winning director of TV commercials featuring celebrities, most notably Buddy Hackett's spots for Lay's potato chips.
He served in World War II before beginning his entertainment career on Broadway, where his credits included ``A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'' and ``High Button Shoes.''
Other film roles included ``Love at First Bite'' with George Hamilton in 1979, ``The Sting II'' with Jackie Gleason in 1982 and ``Ed Wood'' with Johnny Depp in 1994.
His TV credits included ``Dallas,'' ``MASH,'' ``Caroline in the City,'' ``Mad About You'' and ``The Nanny.''
Joe M. Kilgore
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Joe M. Kilgore, a highly decorated World War II pilot and adviser to Texas and national politicians for decades, died Wednesday of a stroke. He was 80.
Kilgore, a member of both the Texas and U.S. Houses, worked in the congressional campaigns of Lyndon Johnson. Their association continued until the former president's death.
Kilgore enlisted in the Air Corps in 1941 and flew dozens of missions in B-24 bombers in the Mediterranean. Among other decorations, he received the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross.
He practiced law and served in the Legislature from 1947 until his 1954 election to the House of Representatives, where he remained for a decade.
DENVER (AP) _ Todd Phipers, a sports columnist for The Denver Post, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 58.
Phipers had been a member of The Post staff for 29 years.
His career in journalism began in 1961 in Gilroy, Calif. He came to the Denver area in 1966 as a reporter for the Jeffco Times in Lakewood then moved to the Rocky Mountain News later that year. He moved to The Post in 1970.
Phipers took over the Post's golf beat in 1983 and became the first recipient of the Colorado Open's Ralph Moore Golf Journalism Award, named after his predecessor on the Post golf beat.
He is survived by a son, Nicholas, and an ex-wife, Barb.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) _ Whitney Tower, who wrote about great race horses from Citation to Secretariat and backed a museum dedicated to racing, died Friday from complications from a stroke suffered last year. He was 75.
Tower is remembered as the driving force behind the National Racing Museum and Racing Hall of Fame.
Tower, a longtime racing writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Sports Illustrated and other publications, became a major figure at race tracks throughout the world.
He chronicled and contributed to the sport's golden era, reporting on the triumphs of champions including Citation, Kelso, Dr. Fager and Secretariat.
His honors include the Thoroughbred Racing Association award for magazine writing in 1967 and the Eclipse Award for magazine writing in 1976 and 1977.
Tower served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
In 1948 after earning his degree, Tower was hired as a sports reporter on The Cincinnati Enquirer. Six years later he became turf editor of the new Sports Illustrated magazine, covering racing events around the world for 22 years.
He spent another five years as turf editor of Classic magazine, and wrote ``The Art of Race Riding'' with Eddie Arcaro and ``Saratoga, The Place and the People.''
He directed the racing museum for eight years and was its chairman for another 10 years, supervising a major expansion.
Tower was the son of Roderick and Flora Payne Whitney Tower. He was the grandson of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum, and Charlemagne Tower, railroad president and ambassador to Germany, Austria and Russia. His great-great-grandfather was the railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Tower is survived by his wife, Lucy Niblack Lyle Tower, and six children: daughters Aurora, Alexandra Thorne and Frances Thacher, and sons Alfred, Whitney Jr. and Harry Payne.
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Benjamin Volcani, a microbiologist who found life forms in the Dead Sea and helped uncover the secrets of silicon in aquatic plants, died Saturday from complications of kidney failure. He was 84.
In 1936, Volcani found microorganisms in the Dead Sea, which was once believed to be too salty to sustain life.
He came to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego in 1959, serving as professor of microbiology. He retired in 1985 and became a professor emeritus.
At Scripps in 1969, he became the first scientist to show that silicon is essential for DNA synthesis in diatoms, which are single-celled aquatic plants that make up the base of the marine food chain.