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Obituaries in the News

February 12, 2003

DETROIT (AP) _ American Indian activist Thurman W. Bear Jr. died Saturday. He was 59.

Bear died of a heart attack while dancing in the 25th Annual Bay De Noc Powwow in Escanaba, Mi., The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

He fought for American Indian rights in Michigan and often hosted powwows throughout the Great Lakes area.

Bear belonged to the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and the Eastern Shawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

He moved from Wisconsin to Detroit in the late 1960s and lived there until last year, when he returned home to care for his elderly mother.

William Broom

BALTIMORE (AP) _ William Broom, who began a news career as a paper boy during the Depression, covered the Watergate years as a reporter and became president of the National Press Club, died Monday of Parkinson’s disease. He was 78.

Broom was known as an advocate of investigative journalism. During the Watergate years he worked as Washington bureau chief for what was then Ridder Newspapers. In 1972, he traveled with President Nixon to the Soviet Union.

Broom was sworn in as president of the National Press Club by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and served for a year.

Broom grew up in Effingham, Ill., and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. Through the 1950s, he worked for newspapers in Illinois, Texas and California, and in public relations for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He became editor of the Press-Telegram newspaper in Long Beach, Calif., in 1965.

Survivors include his two sons and a brother.

William B. Faber

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ William B. Faber, a former television executive who helped launch WFLA-Channel 8 in Tampa, died Monday. He was 86.

Faber was sales manager when the station signed on the air in 1955 and worked his way to president and chief operating officer from 1971 to 1981.

In 1981, Faber was named chairman and chief operating officer of Tampa Television Inc., which became Media General Broadcast Group in 1983. He retired in 1984.

He served as chairman of the volunteer board of directors of Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Inc. and was on the national board of Goodwill Industries.

Born in Tenafly, N.J., Faber held a law degree from La Salle University and was in the radar signal corps during World War II.

Survivors include his wife and three daughters.

Moses Hogan

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Pianist and conductor Moses G. Hogan, known for his contemporary arrangements of spirituals and the choirs he led in them, died Tuesday. He was 45.

Hogan had been hospitalized since September because of a brain tumor; he would have turned 46 on March 13.

Hogan edited the Oxford Book of Spirituals, which was published in September 2001 by Oxford University Press’s United States arm, and has become the U.S. music division’s top seller.

Hogan’s own arrangements, more than 70 of which have been published by the Hal Leonard publishing company, were performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, soprano Barbara Hendricks and countertenor Derek Lee Ragin.

He graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose other graduates include trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton, and from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Hogan also studied at Juilliard School of Music and Louisiana State University.

Harold Mills

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) _ Harold Mills, the longtime managing editor of the St. Joseph Gazette, died Sunday. He was 86.

Mills started his journalism career at the Maryville Daily Forum, and was hired by the Gazette in 1945. While there, he served as a reporter, news editor and editorial page editor, and was the newspaper’s first business editor.

The paper’s managing editor from 1954 to 1976, Mills retired in 1988 when the morning Gazette merged with the afternoon St. Joseph News-Press.

John Reading

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ John Reading, who served as Oakland’s mayor for 11 years, died Feb. 7 in Indian Wells. He was 85.

During the time Reading was mayor, from 1966 to 1977, he backed the building of the Oakland Coliseum and expanded the Oakland airport.

Reading was born in 1917 in Glendale, Ariz., and moved to Oakland while he was in elementary school. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1940 with a degree in business administration. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1940 to 1946.

He also headed Ingram’s Food Products Co., which was founded by his grandfather in 1924, and sold it in 1972.

Reading served on the Oakland City Council until he became mayor in 1966.

Yuan Jialiu

BEIJING (AP) _ Yuan Jialiu, a Chinese-American physicist who specialized in nuclear energy, died Tuesday. He was 91.

Yuan died in Beijing, the Xinhua News Agency said.

After World War II, Yuan turned studied basic physics and made a series of discoveries in fields related to the origin of neutrons, high-energy proton accelerators and resonant physics.

Yang was born in central China’s Henan province on April 5, 1912. He entered Yenching University in 1930 and went to the United States for further study in 1936. He also was a visiting scholar at institutions in France and the former Soviet Union.

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