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Milton Blatt

June 17, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Milton Blatt, a high school track coach who guided future Olympic competitors, died Thursday. He was 87.

Blatt taught English at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, but he was best known as ``Uncle Miltie,″ a track coach who would help transport students who had trouble getting to meets.

In 1966, he organized a race against Boys High of Brooklyn, which resulted in a national high school track record for the 2-mile relay (7 minutes, 35.6 seconds).

Blatt also helped produce two Olympians: Vince Matthews, a 1965 graduate who captured the gold medal at 400 meters in 1972, and Julio Meade, who ran the same event for the Dominican Republic in 1968.

Martha Duffy

NEW YORK (AP) _ Martha Duffy, one of the first women to work as a senior editor at Time magazine, died of cancer Monday. She was 61.

Mrs. Duffy was a senior arts editor at Time from 1974 to 1989. From 1989 until her death, she was a senior writer specializing in culture and entertainment news. She had also been a dance critic for the magazine.

Time’s former chief editor, Henry Grunwald, described Mrs. Duffy in his memoir as ``one of Time’s outstanding cultural editors.″

In addition to her husband, James Duffy, she is survived by her sister, Anne Murphy.

Robert M. Eichenlaub

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Robert M. Eichenlaub, who conquered a longtime stutter to excel as a newsman in the courtrooms and corridors of the Greene County Courthouse, died Sunday from organ failure and lung disease. He was 76.

Eichenlaub worked for the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger in Greene County after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1947. He switched to the Observer-Reporter in nearby Washington in 1954, where he worked until four years ago.

Eichenlaub became news editor for his newspaper’s Greene County office. He worked simultaneously as managing editor of a sister paper, the weekly Waynesburg Republican.

Eichenlaub overcame his stutter, which had hindered his interviews, with the help of a daughter who had undergone speech therapy herself.

Eichenlaub is survived by his wife, Marilyn, as well as four daughters, a son, a sister, a brother, 16 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Frank Hale

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Frank Hale, who became a lawyer without ever finishing college and went on to become chief justice of Washington state’s Supreme Court, died Sunday from kidney failure. He was 85.

Hale was a paratrooper in World War II and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. He enlisted the day after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

He attended but never graduated from the University of Washington. Hale passed the bar exam after sneaking into lectures at the law school and studying with an attorney.

Hale served as a Superior Court judge before being appointed to the state’s high court in 1963. He later was elected to the position and served until his retirement in 1975. He was chief justice for the final two years of his term.

Richard Jaeckel

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Richard Jaeckel, an actor best known for playing tough guys in films such as ``The Dirty Dozen″ and ``Sands of Iwo Jima,″ died Saturday of an undisclosed illness. He was 70.

Pulled from a studio mailroom as a teen-ager, Richard Jaeckel became one of Hollywood’s most durable character actors, playing soldiers, gangsters, lawmen and astronauts in 54 years before the camera.

In 1971, Jaeckel was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his work in ``Sometimes a Great Notion,″ directed by Paul Newman and starring Newman and Henry Fonda.

Jaeckel played a churlish sergeant in the 1967 movie ``The Dirty Dozen,″ and revived the character in the film’s made-for-television sequel, ``The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission″ in 1985.

Jaeckel also starred from 1985 to 1987 on the ABC-TV detective series ``Spenser: For Hire,″ starring Robert Urich, and in 1991 and 1992, he regularly appeared on the syndicated TV series ``Baywatch.″

Jaeckel had movie roles in ``The Gunfighter″ (1950), ``Battleground″ (1949), ``Come Back, Little Sheba″ (1952), ``Platinum High School″ (1960), ``Town Without Pity″ (1961), ``Once Before I Die″ (1965), ``The Green Slime″ (1969), ``Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid″ (1973), ``Grizzly″ (1976), ``The Dark″ (1979), ``Cold River″ (1982), ``Starman″ (1984), ``Black Moon Rising″ (1986) and ``Delta Force 2″ (1990).

Bill Latham

EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ Bill Latham, retired editor of the El Paso Times, died Monday of complications from a fall earlier this month. He was 86.

Latham became managing editor of the Times in 1946, a job he held until he was named editor in 1970. He retired in 1976.

He also served in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane Stark Latham, four daughters and a son.

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