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July 20, 2000

Michael Aldrich

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Michael Aldrich, who founded the University of Michigan’s sleep disorder laboratory, died Tuesday of bone cancer. He was 51.

A neurology professor, Aldrich specialized in research in narcolepsy. The laboratory, which he founded in 1985, diagnoses and treats patients with excessive sleepiness; insomnia; and unusual sleeping behavior.

In 1998, the American Sleep Disorders Association accorded Aldrich its highest recognition, the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award.

Everett Needham Case

VAN HORNESVILLE, N.Y. (AP) _ Everett Needham Case, a former statesman and university president credited with introducing the ``core curriculum″ now in place at many colleges, died Tuesday. He was 99.

Inducted as Colgate University president in 1942, Case pledged the university’s cooperation with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to help train their aviation cadets and future officers. The effort helped keep the college afloat at a time when students were leaving for war in great numbers.

After the war, Case was instrumental in creating Colgate’s version of the so-called ``core curriculum″ emphasis on a broad-based freshman program rather than a narrow field of study.

In 1949, Case was appointed as a consultant on China-U.S. policy to Secretary of State Dean Acheson. In 1964, Case helped found the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and in 1973 went to China as senior member of the China-in-Transition delegation.

Case also served as president of the American Council on Education, chairman of National Educational Television, board member of IBM World Trade, and on the Fund for Financial Aid to Education.

Thomas Quinn Curtiss

PARIS (AP) _ Thomas Quinn Curtiss, a longtime film and theater critic for the International Herald Tribune and other publications, died Monday. He was 85.

Curtiss studied film and theater in Vienna and in Moscow, where he was a student of film director Sergei Eisenstein.

In the 1960s, he worked for the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times before moving to the International Herald Tribune. He also wrote several books, including a biography of director Erich von Stroheim.

Stowell Coolidge Goding

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) _ Stowell Coolidge Goding, a scholar of French who taught at the University of Massachusetts for 43 years, died July 13. He was 96.

He worked at the school from 1927 until his retirement in 1970. During his 30 years as chairman of the Romance languages department, the university began offering a master’s degree in French and a joint doctoral program with Smith, Amherst, and Mount Holyoke colleges.

In 1972, he received the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He was also named Teacher of the Year by the New England Modern Language Association and decorated by the French government for assisting French orphans during World War II.

Goding wrote several books, including ``Seven French Plays for Stage and Study″ and an edition of Ionesco’s ``Rhinoceros.″

Thomas James Lassiter

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) _ Thomas James Lassiter, the longtime editor and publisher of The Smithfield Herald, died Monday. He was 88.

From 1948 until 1953, he taught journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lassiter won particular recognition during his newspaper career for writing editorials that called for racial justice during the 1940s. He served as president of the N.C. Press Association and was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1982.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter, a son, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Tom Maloney

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ Tom Maloney, who broke ground for a generation of young Delaware Democrats when he was elected mayor of Wilmington at age 30, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 58.

Maloney served as mayor of Wilmington, Delaware’s largest city, from 1973 to 1977. After an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, he went to work in the administration of President Carter as mid-Atlantic director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Wilmington Mayor Jim Sills credited Maloney with beginning the revitalization of downtown, particularly with a pedestrian mall at the heart of the city.

Roger ``Dutch″ Ouderkirk

NEW YORK (AP) _ Roger ``Dutch″ Ouderkirk, an assistant football coach for 12 years at St. John’s, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 75.

He joined St. John’s in 1978, serving as the football team’s offensive backfield coach and then offensive coordinator until 1990, when he became the university’s equipment manager.

Ouderkirk was inducted into the St. John’s Athletic Hall of Fame two years ago.

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