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Obituaries in the News

October 11, 2003

Douglas Fang

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Douglas Fang, chief operating officer of The Examiner and other publications owned by his family, died Wednesday after a long battle with stomach cancer. He was 38.

Fang helped guide The Examiner from a broadsheet to tabloid in 2001 after his family took control of the paper from the Hearst Corp.

Fang had worked at several high-tech companies, including Bridgespan, where he was senior vice president in charge of technology.

He studied computer science at the University of Southern California, where he earned a doctorate, and he had a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Fang family also publishes AsianWeek and several free papers in the Bay Area.

Fang is survived by his wife and two children.


Shirley P. Glass

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Shirley P. Glass, a psychologist known as ``the godmother of infidelity research,″ died Wednesday of breast cancer. She was 67.

The reference to Glass was made in a 1999 New York Times article, and she had appeared on numerous national television and radio shows.

``Today’s workplace is the most fertile breeding ground for affairs. The observed increase in women’s infidelity is because more women are in the workplace and more women are in professions that were previously dominated by men,″ Glass wrote with Jean C. Staeheli in their 2003 book, ``NOT Just Friends: Protect Your Relationship from Infidelity and Heal the Trauma of Betrayal.″

Over the past 25 years, Glass treated hundreds of couples. She also wrote numerous scholarly articles.


John Gora

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ John Raymond Gora, an award-winning Chicago Tribune photographer who shot a memorable photograph of a beer-splashed White Sox outfielder in the 1959 World Series, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke. He was 91.

His favorite photo, according daughter Mary Lou Craig, was of a fan spilling beer over White Sox left fielder Al Smith as he was trying to catch a home run ball in Game 2 of the 1959 World Series.

In August, the famed image was named one of the world’s 50 greatest sports photographs in The Observer Sport Monthly, a photography magazine.

Born and raised in Joliet, Gora joined the Herald-News there in 1927 as a copy boy and later became a sports writer and photographer. He joined the Tribune as a photographer in 1942 and worked there until he retired in 1977 _ except for a three-year stint in the Navy during World War II.

Survivors include three children, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Steve Gruwell

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Steve Gruwell, who signed Jim Edmonds while working as a scout for the Anaheim Angels, has died. He was 62.

Gruwell died Thursday following complications from kidney failure, the team said Friday.

Edmonds, now with the St. Louis Cardinals, was one of Gruwell’s most notable signings. Gruwell worked as a free agent scout, scouting coordinator and special assignment scout with Anaheim from 1981-2000.

He scouted for the Cincinnati Reds before joining the Angels.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, and three children.


Eugene Istomin

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Eugene Istomin, one of the first great classical pianists born in America, died Friday after battling liver cancer. He was 77.

At 17, Istomin won both the prestigious Leventritt and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra awards. In 1943, he made sensational debuts in the same week with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and the New York Philharmonic under Artur Rodzinski, playing Johannes Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto.

At 25, he began a long association with cellist Pablo Casals. A year and a half after Casals’ death in 1973, Istomin married his widow, Marta, now president of the Manhattan School of Music.

In a career that carried him throughout the world, Istomin gave more than 4,000 concerts with leading conductors _ including Bruno Walter, Fritz Reiner, George Szell, Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Bernstein.

___Don Lanphere

SEATTLE (AP) _ Don Lanphere, a saxophone player who came on strong at the dawn of bebop, nearly succumbed to drugs and drinking, then recovered to become Seattle’s jazz ``grandpop,″ died Thursday of hepatitis C. He was 75.

As lead tenor in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and in smaller groups, Lanphere’s versatility and virtuosity ranged from blazing riffs on the tenor to a solo jazz rendition of the Lord’s Prayer on the soprano sax.

Many who were born long after Lanphere’s boyhood gigs with such legends as Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and Max Roach hailed him as a jazz patriarch or, as his Web site proclaimed, ``Seattle jazz grandpop.″

By his early 20s he had recorded with Navarro and Roach and played gigs with Parker, Woody Herman and top big bands, including one led by Artie Shaw.

He battled alcohol and narcotics addictions that resulted in at least one arrest and gave up music, returning to playing after he and his wife became born-again Christians in 1969.


Yod Sangrungruang

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Yod Sangrungruang, Thailand’s last World War I veteran, who volunteered to fight with Allied forces in France and was later decorated with the Legion d’Honneur, died Thursday. He was 106.

Yod died of natural causes after being hospitalized in Phitsanulok, the province where he was born in 1897, The Nation newspaper reported Friday.

He was drafted into the Thai army at age 20 and volunteered to fight with Allied forces in France, where he served for a year and three months until the war ended.

Yod was the sole surviving member of the 1,284 Thai soldiers who served in Europe as part of the Royal Thai Expeditionary Force. He worked as an airplane mechanic with the French military.

He returned to Thailand in June 1919 and was eventually elected head of his village.


Don Sider

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Don Sider, a longtime journalist for Time and People magazines, died Wednesday after suffering from heart disease. He was 70.

Sider recently made news himself when he was booked into a Georgia jail last month on suspicion of criminal trespassing for snooping on Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck on the actor’s 83-acre estate.

In 1975, Sider was named deputy bureau chief of Time’s Washington bureau. He retired as a news editor in 1987 and moved to West Palm Beach. He was recruited as a correspondent for People two years later.


Florence Stanley

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actress Florence Stanley, who played the gravelly voiced Bernice Fish on the sitcom ``Barney Miller″ and in the show’s spinoff series, ``Fish,″ died Oct. 3 of a stroke. She was 79.

In ``Barney Miller,″ which showcased the kooky the goings-on at a New York City police precinct, Stanley played the wife of Abe Vigoda’s character, Detective Phil Fish. Vigoda’s character was so popular, a spinoff series called ``Fish″ was created in 1977, in which the couple adopts five foster children.

Stanley was in the original Broadway cast of Neil Simon’s ``The Prisoner of Second Avenue″ in 1971 and was in the Manhattan Theater Club’s 1994 production ``What’s Wrong With This Picture?″

Stanley’s other TV appearances include the character of Judge Margaret Wilbur on the late 80s sitcom ``My Two Dads″ and guest roles on numerous shows including ``Malcolm in the Middle″ and ``Dharma & Greg.″

On film, Stanley appeared in this year’s ``Down With Love″ and was the voice of a character in the 2001 animated Disney film ``Atlantis: The Lost Empire.″

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