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June 11, 1999

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Ann L. Brown, a professor whose work focused on how children learn and how they should be taught, died June 4 after a brief illness. She was 56.

Since 1988, Ms. Brown was an educational theorist at the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Many of her ideas were tested in classroom environments and adopted by educational scholars.

Born in an air raid shelter in Portsmouth, England, during World War II, Ms. Brown was the first in her family to attend college.

She did not learn to read until she was 13, but graduated with honors from the University of London and later earned a Ph.D. in psychology.

Ms. Brown pioneered the field of metacognition, the study of how people observe and take responsibility for their own learning. Her teaching methods focused on reciprocal teaching, in which students learn from each other.

Wayne Chastain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Wayne Chastain, one of the defense lawyers who tried to free convicted murderer James Earl Ray from prison, died Monday of cancer. He was 69.

Over the past several years, Chastain assisted defense lawyer William Pepper of London in efforts to win a trial for Ray, who pleaded guilty in 1969 to murdering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis in 1968.

Ray died last year in prison.

Chastain was a reporter for The Memphis Press-Scimitar, a former newspaper, when King was felled by a rifle shot at The Lorraine Motel.

He was one of The Press-Scimitar’s reporters assigned to cover the assassination, and the killing continued to hold his interest after he left journalism to become a lawyer.

Chastain is survived by his stepmother.

Bob Cochran

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Bob Cochran, one of the original on-air personalities at former Pittsburgh television station WIIC-TV, died May 30. He was 68.

Cochran was one of six staffers when the station went on the air in 1957. He was the weather reporter for the station’s first year and then became a co-anchor of the newscast. The station is now known as WPXI.

He moved to Atlanta after retiring from Pittsburgh radio station KQV in 1991, where he had moved in 1975 after 18 years with the television station.

Cochran is survived by his wife, Sandra Keisling; two sons; a daughter; and two grandchildren.

Christina Foyle

LONDON (AP) _ Christina Foyle, managing director of her family’s renowned bookstore in London’s Charing Cross Road and founder of the Foyle’s literary luncheon, died Tuesday. She was 88.

W & G Foyle Ltd. was founded in 1904 by Miss Foyle’s father, William, and her uncle, Gilbert.

Over the seven decades she presided over Foyle’s lunches, Miss Foyle met many leading literary and political figures. Her cherished collection of personal correspondence included a letter from Adolf Hitler, responding to her complaint about Nazi book-burning.

Speakers at her lunches included the writer J. B. Priestley, philosopher Bertrand Russell and Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie.

When she took over as managing director of Foyle’s after her father’s death in 1963, Miss Foyle preserved the store’s eccentric layout _ books were filed by publisher, not author. And she refused to install computers.

But Foyle’s continued to generate annual profits of more than $24 million.

Robert J. Lapham

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Robert J. Lapham, former president of Conde Nast Publications, died Friday. He was 77.

After stints with Seventeen and Esquire magazines, Lapham joined Conde Nast in 1954 as West Coast advertising and office manager for Vogue magazine. In 1961, he moved to New York to become Conde Nast’s advertising director. Later, he became general manager, then vice president and was appointed president in 1974.

During his tenure, the company added the magazines Gentleman’s Quarterly, Self, Vanity Fair and Gourmet.

He also was a former board member and vice chairman of the Magazine Publishers Association and was chairman of the Publishers Information Bureau.

He is survived by wife Edith; a son; and two grandchildren.

Bill Macklin

PINE RIVER, Minn. (AP) _ Bill Macklin, who served as editor of The New Ulm Daily Journal for 28 years and worked for the Associated Press for 12 years, died Tuesday at age 81.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1991.

Macklin was hired as editor of the Journal in 1951 and had the longest tenure of any Journal editor.

He graduated in 1935 from Litchfield High School, where he was editor of his school paper and also worked for the West Central Tribune in Willmar.

Macklin went to the University of Missouri, where he was editor of the school newspaper his senior year. After graduation, he worked for a Springfield, Mo., newspaper for a short time before going to work in the AP’s St. Louis bureau until he was drafted into the military in 1941.

After the war, he covered sports for the AP in London before returning to the United States to work in the AP’s Kansas City bureau in 1949. Two years later, he responded to an ad from the New Ulm Daily Journal, which was looking for an editor, and was hired.

Macklin was preceded in death by his first wife, Becky, who died of cancer in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and his children _ Scott County District Judge Bill Macklin Jr., Tom Macklin and Susan Paulson.

Giles S. Rich

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Giles S. Rich, the oldest active federal judge in the nation’s history and an authority on intellectual property rights and patent law, died Wednesday of lymphoma. He was 95.

Rich, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, had served on the appellate bench since 1956. He became the nation’s oldest active federal judge in March, 1997.

While a patent lawyer, Rich played an instrumental role in the drafting of the Patent Act of 1952, which helped form the foundation of current patent law.

Later, he was appointed to the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals by President Eisenhower. He also was one of 12 founding judges when that court was replaced by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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