INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Bob Collins, retired sports editor of The Indianapolis Star and an employee of the newspaper for more than 40 years, died Friday. He was 68 and had cirrhosis of the liver.

Collins reported on such sports events as the Olympics, professional golf, basketball and the Indianapolis 500. A moment of silence was held in his memory before Saturday's Indiana Pacers-Orlando Magic basketball game.

Readers who never read the sports pages knew Collins from his feature newspaper column, The Lighter Side.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Collins attended Butler University. He joined the Star in 1948 in what was supposed to be a three-week stint between his junior and senior years.

After retiring in 1991, he wrote a column for the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Collins was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1990.

He is survived by his wife, Kristin Mobley Collins; sons Michael and Kevin Collins; daughters Kathleen Breen, Carolyn Davis, Cynthia Leap, Mary Lou Heyob, Evelyn Hughes and Linda Collins; stepdaughters Angela and Amy Hoss; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Edgar Scott

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ Edgar Scott, a prominent investment banker and husband of the late socialite Hope Montgomery Scott, died of pneumonia Friday. He was 86.

His wife, whose life had inspired the play and movie, ``The Philadelphia Story,'' died Jan. 9 at age 90.

Scott co-founded the Janney Montgomery Scott investment firm and was an heir to the Pennsylvania Railroad fortune. He was born at the American Embassy in Paris, where his father was a diplomat.

He dropped out of Harvard University to volunteer in France as an ambulance driver during World War I. He returned to school after the war to study playwrighting and was twice elected president of the Harvard Lampoon.

Scott worked briefly as a newspaper reporter and playwright after college before marrying in 1923 and founding the brokerage in 1929 with his father-in-law.

His only book, ``How to Lay a Nest Egg: Financial Facts of Life for the American Girl,'' was published in 1950.

Scott was a governor of the New York Stock Exchange, a past president of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and former president of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.


Claudio G. Segre

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Claudio G. Segre, a writer, historian and leading authority on Italian Fascism, died Thursday of a heart attack while jogging near his home. He was 58.

Segre was a professor of modern European history at the University of Texas at Austin. He spent the 1994-95 academic year as a visiting professor at the University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University.

Born in Palermo, Italy, and raised in Berkeley, Segre was author of a range of works including a 1987 biography, ``Italo Balbo: A Fascist Life,'' which won the Italian Air Force Historical Association Prize.

He also wrote many essays, book reviews and opinion page articles for newspapers throughout the United States, Britain, Israel and Italy.

His book ``Atoms, Bombs and Eskimo Kisses: A Memoir of Father and Son'' _ is about his relationship with his father Emilio Segre, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and University of California-Berkeley professor who died in 1989.

The book is scheduled to be published in September.

Segre was a graduate of Reed College and earned his master's degree in English from Stanford University. He received a doctorate in history from the University of California.

Before studying for his doctorate, Dr. Segre worked as a reporter for United Press International and The Wall Street Journal.