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Gloster B. Current, a retired deputy exe

July 9, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Gloster B. Current, a retired deputy executive director of the NAACP, died of leukemia and pneumonia. He was 84.

Current worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for more than 60 years, starting with its youth council in Detroit.

He retired in 1978 as administrator and deputy executive director and later served two terms on its board of directors.

An ordained Methodist minister, Current was the last person to talk to Medgar Evers before his assassination in 1963 in Mississippi.

Evers was the state’s first black NAACP field secretary and Current was working there as a field administrator.

Jerry Doggett

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Jerry Doggett, who broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games 31 years, died Monday. He was 80.

Doggett broadcast Dodger games from 1956 to 1987 and announced Ryder Cup golf and Southwest Conference football.

His career began as program director for KFRO in Longview, Texas. In 1941, he moved to WRR in Dallas and spent 15 years as an announcer for the Dallas Rebels of the Texas League.

He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990 and was a charter member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association, elected to its hall of fame in 1996.

Robert A. Leflar

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Robert A. Leflar, who admitted the first black student to a public Southern law school, died Tuesday. He was 96.

Leflar was a distinguished professor of law emeritus at the University of Arkansas and professor of law emeritus at New York University.

He taught law from 1927 to 1990, chiefly at the University of Arkansas, which was named after him in 1987.

As dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1944, he admitted Silas Hunt, the first black to study law at a public university in the South.

Leflar was an associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1949-1950 and chairman of the Arkansas Constitutional Revision Study Commission in 1967-1968.

Sigurd P. Ramfjord

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Sigurd P. Ramfjord, a leader in the dental specialty of periodontics, died Friday. He was 86.

Ramfjord was chairman of the University of Michigan Dental School’s Department of Periodontics between 1963 and 1980 and remained active in the field after retiring.

He is credited with the first long-range study of various techniques of periodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with gums and other structures that support teeth.

Charles Taylor

TORONTO (AP) _ Charles Taylor, a horse breeder who brought the Breeders’ Cup to Canada last year, died Tuesday. He was 62.

Taylor was vice-president of the board of directors of the Ontario Jockey Club and was responsible for bringing thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup to Woodbine last year.

It was the first time it had been held outside the United States.

After a successful career as a journalist and playwright, Taylor started managing Windfields Farm, one of the continent’s top horse breeders, in the 1970s.

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