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July 23, 2001

Joan Bove

NEW YORK (AP) _ Joan Bove, who discovered Clairol hair coloring in Paris and introduced it to American stylists in the 1930s, died Saturday. She was 99.

She and her husband, Lawrence Gelb, traveled to France in 1931 in search of new business opportunities. They discovered a new kind of hair coloring called Clairol.

The pair bought $200 worth of Clairol and tested it at Abraham & Straus, a New York department store. Soon, the Clairol company set up offices in Manhattan.

While promoting their discovery throughout the country, the couple chose to call the product a tint, instead of ``dye.″ At that time, it was still taboo for American women to ``dye″ their hair.

William R. Bricker

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ William R. Bricker, national director of the Boys’ Club of America from 1972-1989, died July 15. He was 78.

Bricker was a Naval aviator in World War II. After the war, he began a 40-year career with the Boys’ Club, eventually moving to the group’s national headquarters in Atlanta.

Highlights of his tenure included the development of public and private partnerships to fight crimes against minors. His 17-year term as president remains the longest in the club’s history.

Bricker also served on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization panel and was appointed to several presidential task forces addressing issues facing urban youth.

Robert A. DiStefano

MALVERN, Pa. (AP) _ Robert A. DiStefano, who supervised 3,000 people as head of the information technology division at The Vanguard Group, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 52.

During his 17-year career at Vanguard, the world’s second-largest mutual fund, DiStefano’s technology group was recognized as an industry leader.

In December 2000, Information Week magazine named Vanguard No. 2 on a list of companies that use innovative technology to improve customer service. And in June, Computerworld, the information technology newspaper, listed Vanguard sixth among the 100 best places to work in information technology. Vanguard was the highest-ranked financial services company.

Before joining Malvern-based Vanguard in 1984, DiStefano spent 15 years in information technology jobs in varied industries, including banking, consumer goods and manufacturing.

Bob Ferguson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Bob Ferguson, who wrote the standard ``Wings of a Dove″ and produced records for Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner and other country music stars, died Sunday of cancer. He was 73.

Ferguson, a native of Willow Springs, Mo., was hired in 1955 to produce films for the Tennessee Game & Fish Commission. He worked there until 1960, when he wrote and produced the No. 1 hit ``Wings of a Dove″ for Ferlin Husky.

As a staff producer at RCA Records in the 1960s and early ’70s, Ferguson worked with artists like Parton, Connie Smith, Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, Jim Ed Brown, George Hamilton IV and Archie Campbell.

He wrote ``The Carroll County Accident,″ a No. 2 hit for Wagoner. It was named the best country song of 1969 by the Country Music Association.

Sivaji Ganesan

MADRAS, India (AP) _ Sivaji Ganesan, an Indian actor who appeared in more than 170 films in three languages, died Saturday. He was 77.

V.C. Ganesan, as he was originally known, began acting in his teens. By the late 1940s he was playing lead roles in the theater.

Ganesan made his screen debut in the 1952 Tamil language film ``Parasakthi.″ He acted in films in the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam languages.

Over the years, he developed an intense style of delivering dialogue. Indian trade journals called him the Marlon Brando of South Indian cinema.

In 1996, the Indian government gave him the Dada Phalke award, the country’s highest honor in the entertainment industry, for his lifetime contribution to Indian film.

Indro Montanelli

ROME (AP) _ Indro Montanelli, a one-time fascist who became a leading name in Italian journalism and an icon of the right, died Sunday. He was 92.

Montanelli was recognized as a World Press Freedom Hero last year by the International Press Institute. He displayed unusual independence over his six decades as a journalist, often clashing with his bosses.

In March he took on Silvio Berlusconi before the media baron was elected premier, calling Berlusconi a liar and unfit for high office.

In 1978 Berlusconi saved a paper founded and edited by Montanelli _ the Milan daily Il Giornale _ but Montanelli resigned from the publication in 1994 when Berlusconi entered politics. In a widely publicized clash with the millionaire tycoon, Montanelli accused Berlusconi of trying to use the newspaper for political ends.

After leaving Il Giornale, he turned down an offer to run the Milan daily Corriere della Sera. Instead, he founded another paper, La Voce. La Voce failed after a year and Montanelli returned to Corriere della Sera to write a daily column.

A staunch anti-communist, he was a firm supporter of Italian fascism and volunteered to fight in Mussolini’s war in Ethiopia in the 1930s.

Later, he worked as a war correspondent, covering conflicts in Spain, Finland, Norway, Albania and Greece.

Pearl Barker Price

DALLAS (AP) _ Pearl Barker Price, a former president of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, died Tuesday. She was 101.

Price was president of the Texas Congress of PTA in the late 1950′s before she filled the national PTA post in 1969.

Price was a U.S. representative for the General Council of International Union of Family Organizations in Venezuela, Paris and Madrid, Spain.

In 1967 Price was one of 50 Americans invited to tour the Federal Republic of Germany to observe results of the Marshall Plan.

Earl Seubert

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Earl Seubert, who was named National Press Photographer of the Year three times during a 41-year career with the Star Tribune, died Saturday after undergoing surgery. He was 74.

Seubert retired in 1988 from the Star Tribune, where he spent more than four decades as a photographer and later chief photographer. Seubert photographed Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey during his career, but was also known for sensitive photographs of the homeless and downtrodden.

Seubert’s survivors include his wife Elaine, two daughters, a son and six grandchildren.

Clair E. Strommen

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) _ Clair E. Strommen, who as chairman, president and chief executive of Lutheran Brotherhood built it into one of the nation’s largest fraternal insurance companies, died Friday of cancer. He was 77.

Strommen headed Minneapolis-based Lutheran Brotherhood from 1980 to 1994. Assets grew from $2.1 billion to more than $14.2 billion during that time.

He also founded Strommen & Associates, a St. Paul financial services firm, in 1960 and made it Central Life of Iowa’s top selling agency.

Conrad Thompson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The Rev. Conrad Thompson, whose voice was heard each Sunday during the 12 years he directed ``Lutheran Vespers″ on WCCO Radio, died Wednesday from a stroke. He was 84.

For 20 years, Thompson was a director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and the old American Lutheran Church. He was a national Lutheran officer from the early 1950s through the 1970s.

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