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Obituaries in the News

June 5, 1998

GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) _ Barbara Bottom Forst, a member of a family that formerly owned the Daily Press Inc., died Wednesday. Her age and the cause of death were not disclosed.

Forst’s father, Raymond B. Bottom, was president and publisher of the Daily Press and The Times-Herald newspapers from 1931 until his death in 1953. Her mother, Dorothy Rouse Bottom, led the newspapers as editor and vice president until she retired in 1981.

Forst lived in New York City where she taught theater and directed and produced plays off-Broadway and off-off Broadway.

Forst is survived by a daughter and two sons.

Jay R. Jensen

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Retired Lt. Col. Jay R. Jensen, a prisoner of war who was released in 1973 six years after being shot down over Vietnam, died of a heart attack May 29. He was 66.

Jensen was also a high priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was reported missing in action in Vietnam Feb. 18, 1967, during a combat mission. Thirty-four months later, his family was informed that he was a prisoner of war. He was released from Hanoi on Feb. 18, 1973.

His military honors included two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, P.O.W. Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

He retired from the military in 1978 after 28 years of service.

Shirley Povich

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Shirley Povich, whose biting columns set a standard for sports writing in a career that spanned more than 75 years at The Washington Post, died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 92.

Povich, a member of the writers wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame and the father of TV personality Maury Povich, became the youngest sports editor in the country in 1926 at age 20 and wrote more than 15,000 columns, including some 50 a year after his ``retirement″ in 1973.

Povich never pulled punches in his ``This Morning″ column, which ran six days a week from 1926 to 1974. He hammered away at Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall for keeping an all-white roster after the rest of the NFL had integrated.

Marshall finally relented and signed the Redskins’ first black player in 1962. Povich’s campaign, plus his 15-part series ``No More Shutouts,″ written after Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, earned him a lifetime achievement award from the Anti-Defamation League in 1995.

As a young golf caddie, Povich’s life changed on the day he was drawn at random to carry the clubs for Post publisher Edward McLean, who invited him to come to the Post to work as a copy boy in 1922.

Povich’s first byline came two years later, when he impressed the sports editor with an account of the Union Station reception for the Senators, who had just swept the New York Yankees to take first place in the American League.

Povich, who preferred to write about baseball and boxing, covered his first of more than 60 World Series in 1924, during what he called the ``great days of sportswriting,″ when journalists and players lived together on seemingly endless train rides from city to city.

Povich’s career at the Post was interrupted only by a stint as a war correspondent with the Marines in the Pacific during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ethyl; two sons, David and Maury; and a daughter, Lynn.

Angel South

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) _ Angel South, lead guitarist with the early ’70s band Chase, who later wrote novelty songs like ``The Job That Ate My Brain″ and ``I Gotta Receipt for Playing the Blues,″ died Thursday of prostate cancer. He was 55.

Born Lucien Gondron in Port Arthur, Texas, South grew up playing in bands with Janis Joplin, Johnny and Edgar Winter, and B.J. Thomas.

In 1969, trumpeter Bill Chase recruited him to join the jazz rock band Chase, and also dubbed the guitarist Angel South.

His wife, Patti South, recalled Chase’s reasoning: ``He goes, `We can’t have you named Lucien Gondron. You’re an angel and you’re from the South, so you’re Angel South.‴

South performed with Chase from 1969-72 before leaving the band for a solo career. That year, Bill Chase and five members of the band were killed in a plane crash.

In 1995, South released the blues album ``Swamp Doggy Dog,″ followed by ``Texas Guitar Swinger″ on an underground label earlier this year. Zakiya Hooker, John Lee Hooker’s daughter, recorded three of his songs on her debut album.

After he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, South and his wife began a campaign urging that men be checked for the disease.

Edward Thigpen

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Edward Thigpen, the father of Tennessee Oilers wide receiver Yancey Thigpen, died Thursday at the age of 54.

Edward Thigpen was diagnosed with Guillian-Bare syndrome and had been in a coma the past two weeks following brain surgery to remove a blood clot.

Yancey Thigpen left the Pittsburgh Steelers in February for a $21 million, five-year contract with the Oilers. Last season he caught 79 passes for 1,398 yards.

David Walsh

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ David Walsh, founder of the troubled Bre-X Minerals Ltd. that attracted thousands of investors with tales of the greatest gold find this century, died Thursday. He was 52.

Walsh suffered a stroke on Sunday, two days after the Bahamas Supreme Court froze his assets at the request of trustees handling the bankruptcy of his Canadian company.

The Montreal-born Walsh was the toast of Canadian entrepreneurs in the early 1990s when he built his company from a penny-stock operation with reports of a $26 billion gold find in Busang, Indonesia.

Bre-X stock was selling at $206 a share when the news struck that samples from the mine had been doctored with gold bought from local miners. The company collapsed in May 1997.

Private investigators believe the culprit was the chief geologist, Michael de Guzman, who apparently committed suicide in March 1997 by jumping from a helicopter near the Indonesian mine.

Walsh had apologized to investors and professed his innocence.

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