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James S. Buzzerd

January 3, 1996

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) _ James S. Buzzerd, publisher of the Morgan Messenger and president of the West Virginia Press Association in 1973, died Sunday. He was 91.

Buzzerd had been in declining health for months and was unable to attend the WVPA convention in August, the first one he had missed since the group was reorganized in 1954.

William Harold Eberhardt

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) _ William Harold Eberhardt, a percussionist who toured with George Gershwin and played marimba at Radio City Music Hall, died Saturday after falling three stories from his apartment balcony. He was 76.

Eberhardt studied music at the Ernest Williams School of Music and was a percussionist for such long-running Broadway shows as ``The Innocents″ and ``The Boyfriend.″ He also worked with Leonard Bernstein and was lead percussionist with the Long Island Symphony.

Music teacher Rocky Wiseman said Eberhardt once played solo the entire percussion score for ``Man of La Mancha,″ a task normally requiring three drummers.

Daniel O. Graham

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Retired Army Lt. Gen. Daniel O. Graham, who directed the Defense Intelligence Agency and later championed the development of a space-based missile defense system, died Sunday of cancer. He was 70.

Graham served 30 years in the Army and was a top intelligence officer in Vietnam. He was deputy director of the CIA in 1973 and 1974, and directed the DIA from 1974 until his retirement in 1976. His awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguish Intelligence Medal and a Legion of Merit with two oak-leaf clusters.

In 1981, Graham brought together scientists, engineers and military strategists to develop a defense against nuclear ballistic missiles. They called it ``High Frontier,″ and it was adopted by the Reagan administration. Critics called it ``Star Wars″ and said it would never work.

Hamish Imlach

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Hamish Imlach, a leading figure in Scotland’s folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, died Monday at 55.

The singer had bronchitis and was in poor health for years, but a cause was not announced.

Imlach recorded more than three dozen albums and toured widely. His proteges included comedian Billy Connolly and pop singer Chris De Burgh.

Among the songs best loved by his fans were ``Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,″ ``This Sporting Life,″ ``Sonny’s Dream″ and ``Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice.″

Weighing nearly 300 pounds, Imlach said in his 1992 autobiography, ``Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice _ Reminiscences of a Fat Folk Singer,″ that he was proud of his big appetite.

Arthur Rudolph

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ Arthur Rudolph, the former German rocket scientist who helped put Americans on the moon but left the United States after being accused of Nazi war crimes, died in exile Monday. He was 89.

Rudolph, who was recently hospitalized for a heart condition, died at his home in Hamburg, Germany, a friend, retired defense specialist Hugh McInnish, told The Huntsville Times.

Rudolph left Germany at the end of World War II and became part of the team of scientists headed by Wernher von Braun who developed America’s space program. Rudolph was granted U.S. citizenship in 1954.

At the Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville, he was head of development of the Saturn V rocket that took man to the moon in 1969.

But in 1982, more than a decade after he retired, Rudolph was accused by the Justice Department of committing war crimes involving forced labor at a Nazi V-2 rocket factory. Jewish groups said he was responsible for a lack of air, light, food and medical attention for laborers from the Dora-Nordhausen concentration camp who were forced to work at the Mittelwerk rocket factory.

Rudolph agreed to renounce his U.S. citizenship and leave the country rather than fight the charges.

John J. Wasmuth

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) _ John J. Wasmuth, a biochemist who helped discover the genes that cause dwarfism and other diseases, died Friday at 49. His family asked that the cause of death be withheld.

Wasmuth led the University of California, Irvine research team that in 1994 identified genetic abnormalities causing achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Achondroplasia affects about one in 20,000 people.

Last year, the team announced discovery of a group of mutations that cause thanatophoric dysplasia, a skeletal disorder that kills newborns and is present in about one in 15,000 babies.

Wasmuth’s lab was named one of 16 national centers for human genome study after it took part in an international effort that in 1993 discovered the genetic defect that causes Huntington’s disease.

Wasmuth’s lab also identified the genes for a familial form of colon cancer and a neurologic disorder called hyperekplexia, the ``startle″ disease. Wasmuth joined UCI in 1977.

Dave Woods

BURLEIGH, Australia (AP) _ Australian rugby league forward Dave Woods was found dead Tuesday at his Gold Coast home after committing suicide. He was 29.

Police said he died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Friends said Woods was believed to be upset over his split two months ago with his common-law wife, Nicole, and that he had missed his 6-month-old daughter, Sky.

Woods had played for Newcastle, Western Suburbs, Parramatta and Canberra in Australia and for the English club Wakefield Trinity.

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