Giovanni Alberto Agnelli
Dec. 15, 1997
ROME (AP) _ Giovanni Alberto Agnelli, the dashing heir-apparent to the Fiat empire, died of cancer Saturday. He was 33.
The young industrialist, often called the ``JFK Jr. of Italy,'' had undergone treatment in New York earlier this year before returning to Italy.
The chairman of the Piaggio motor scooter company was suffering from a rare form of intestinal cancer. He died at home in Turin, headquarters of the family empire, a company spokesman said.
Fiat, a $50 billion, family-controlled conglomerate, is Italy's largest private employer. It accounts for 5 percent to 7 percent of the gross national product, selling everything from cars to insurance to newspapers.
ATLANTA (AP) _ Morton Bard, an expert on the psychological effects of crime on its victims, died of cancer Thursday. He was 73.
Bard, who retired in 1986 as a psychology professor at the City University of New York, was co-author of ``The Crime Victim's Book,'' which said victims need a chance to express their feelings and be reassured that they are not failures.
Bard taught from 1965 to 1970 and joined the university's graduate school faculty in 1971. He was named chairman of the American Psychological Association's task force on victims of crime and violence in 1982.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Abraham Bluestein, an editor and a devoted and self-proclaimed anarchist, died Dec. 3. He was 88.
Bluestein was an editor of Vanguard and The Challenger in the 1930s. Long after anarchism became somewhat passe, he was still at it as an editor of the Libertarian Book Club in the 1970s and co-editor of News from Libertarian Spain in the 1980s.
He earned his living as a social services administrator, working for the Sidney Hillman Health Center, and as executive director of the New York Diabetes Association. Bluestein also was the business manager of Co-Op City and the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative.
William Thomas Brooks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ William Thomas Brooks, an early local television star and radio announcer, and a brother of actor-comedian Foster Brooks, died Sunday. He was 87.
``Cactus'' Tom Brooks appeared on the T-Bar-V show along with Randy Atcher on WHAS television. The birthday program for children aired between 1950 and 1971. Atcher said more than 153,000 children appeared on the show over the years.
John Fitting Jr.
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) _ John Fitting Jr., a Dreyfus Corp. executive and pioneer in the creation of no-load mutual funds in the early 1970s, died Wednesday of prostate cancer. He was 81.
In 1973, Fitting became the head of Dreyfus Asset Management Inc., the company's first mutual fund. It was known as a no-load because there was no sales commission charged up front.
Following his retirement from Dreyfus in the early 1980s, Fitting worked as a consultant to the American Can Company in its transition to the Primerica Corp., the financial services company.
In 1986, he joined the National Securities and Research Corporation and retired from that position in 1988.
Gerald D. Herrick
BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Gerald D. Herrick, retired president and chief executive of Ore-Ida Foods Inc., died of cancer Saturday. He was 63.
Herrick was head of Ore-Ida, a subsidiary of the H.J. Heinz Co., from 1986 until his 1991 retirement.
He joined the company in 1960 as an assistant manager at its plant in Burley. Herrick later managed factories in Burley and Greenville, Mich., before moving to Boise in 1968 to become general manager of manufacturing and vice president of operations for the company.
Over the next decade, he was chief executive officer of two Heinz affiliates. In 1985, Herrick was named president and chief executive officer of Gagliardi Brothers, another Heinz affiliate.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) _ Comic actor Stubby Kaye, whose starred in such classic comic musicals as ``Guys and Dolls'' and ``Lil' Abner,'' died of lung cancer Sunday. He was 79.
Kaye appeared in ``Guys and Dolls'' with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando in 1955, ``Lil Abner'' in 1959, ``Cat Ballou'' in 1965, ``Sweet Charity'' in 1968 and ``40 Pounds of Trouble'' in 1962.
He also appeared in the early television series ``Love and Marriage'' in 1959 and ``My Sister Eileen'' in 1960.
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Elizabeth ``Gram'' Knight, who helped launch her daughter Gladys Knight's singing career and and organizer of The Pips, died Thursday. She was 80.
Gladys Knight joined her brother, sister and two cousins to became Gladys Knight and The Pips in 1959. The group scored its first hit, ``Every Beat of My Heart,'' a year later.
Elizabeth Knight ``literally put the group together,'' Kenya Jackson said of her grandmother. Knight served as her daughter's financial officer throughout her career.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ David Murphy, the president of one of Puerto Rico's largest television networks, died Sunday of complications from lung cancer. He was 55.
Murphy, originally of Newark, N.J., moved to Puerto Rico 11 years ago to work for Telemundo, the island's largest TV station. In 1990, he took the helm of Teleonce, the second largest of Puerto Rico's five networks.