Obituaries in the News
Sep. 24, 1998
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Former state Rep. Mary Jane Bode, whose career as a journalist spanned 30 years and six Texas cities, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 71.
Ms. Bode was still in high school when she began working for The Galveston County Daily News. She later was a Capitol political reporter and worked for the Long News Service, the Austin American-Statesman, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the Del Rio News-Herald, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News. She retired in 1989.
In 1977, she won the first of two terms in the Legislature as a House member from Austin.
She is survived by her former husband, two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren.
TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) _ Dick Edmond, lifestyle editor of The Advertiser-Tribune, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 59.
Edmond started his career as a reporter and sports editor at the Lexington (Ohio) Herald and the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. He was sports editor from 1977-85 and 1987-89 at The Advertiser-Tribune.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, and three sons.
DENVER (AP) _ Frances Foster, who wrote an advice column for the lovelorn in the Rocky Mountain News for nearly three decades, died Saturday. She was 87.
The birth of her Molly Mayfield column in 1942, and the conversion of the paper to a smaller, tabloid format at the same time, has been credited with saving the News when it was facing shrinking circulation.
Mrs. Foster was the wife of Jack C. Foster, editor of the News for 30 years. Foster retired as editor at the end of 1970 and the Fosters moved to Colorado Springs, ending the column's run.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Charlie Fox, who wrote the duet ``Mockingbird'' that became a hit twice, once for himself in the 1960s and then again for James Taylor and Carly Simon in the 1970s, died Friday of leukemia. He was 64.
Fox toured the world as a duo with his sister, Inez F. Fletcher, in the 1960s. They made it into the top 10 with ``Mockingbird'' in 1963. Taylor and Simon took the song to No. 1 in 1974.
The Fox duo followed up ``Mockingbird'' with several more hits, including ``Hurt By Love,'' ``I Stand Accused,'' ``No Stranger to Love'' and ``(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days.''
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Mary Frann, who played Bob Newhart's wife on TV's ``Newhart,'' died Wednesday at 55. The cause of death wasn't known.
On ``Newhart,'' which ran on CBS for eight years, she played Joanna Louden, who with her husband ran a bed-and-breakfast in New England.
She also starred in the ABC series ``Kings Crossing'' and in the Jackie Collins miniseries ``Lucky Chances'' on NBC, and played Amanda Peters for four years on NBC's ``Days of Our Lives.''
She appeared in the TV movies ``Fatal Charm,'' ``Single Women, Married Men,'' ``Eight is Enough: A Family Reunion'' and ``The Hitchhiker.''
Ms. Frann worked as weather reporter for the NBC station in St. Louis and was also host of a morning show on the ABC station in Chicago for four years.
OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) _ Chet ``Red'' Hoff, the oldest former major league baseball player who struck out Ty Cobb in his first appearance, died Thursday. He was 107.
Hoff was 2-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 23 games over four years in the majors. He signed with the New York Highlanders, who later became the Yankees, in 1911.
Hoff played in the minors in Rochester, in 1914, before returning to the majors with the St. Louis Browns the following year. After a few more years in the minors, he played in semipro leagues on weekends.
For his 100th birthday, Hoff was interviewed by Joe Garagiola, then a host for NBC's ``Today Show.''
BOSTON (AP) _ Sol Kolack, former director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League, died Monday of cancer. He was 80.
He was a member of the state Board of Education and was instrumental in developing the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and in obtaining passage of the state's fair employment practices act.
He was regional director of the Anti-Defamation League from 1947 to 1983.
Kolack advocated education as an antidote to discrimination, and helped develop case studies of racial bigotry and segregation, and organized conferences for teachers to learn how to teach religious and racial tolerance.
Terence A. McEwen
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Terence A. McEwen, a former record company executive and general director of the San Francisco Opera, died Sept. 14 of a heart attack. He was 69.
McEwen managed the classical division of London Records in 1959 and rose to the position of executive vice president by 1978. He left in 1982 to accept the general manager position at the San Francisco Opera.
One of McEwen's finest achievements was overseeing Wagner's four-opera ``Ring'' from 1983 to 1985. The production was highlighted by works based on German Romantic paintings by Caspar David Friedrich and the architecture of Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Ben Schifman, longtime financial journalist and executive at The Kansas City Star, died Tuesday. He was 85.
Schifman spent 47 years at The Star before retiring in 1982. He started as a temporary replacement in 1934 and stayed and became a reporter, columnist and editor of The Star and the morning Kansas City Times financial pages.
He started a local business column in The Star in 1936 and was named financial editor in 1954.
Schifman was also involved in the business side of the newspaper, becoming treasurer and chief financial officer of the then-employee-owned company in 1968. He was named a director of the company that year. He also negotiated the sale of the newspaper in 1977.
He is survived by two sons, a daughter, two brothers, and seven grandchildren.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Estill Sowards, co-manager of country music singer John Michael Montgomery, died Tuesday after having heart bypass surgery. He was 59.
Sowards discovered Montgomery singing at a hotel in Lexington, Ky., about 10 years ago and got him a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
He also was co-manager of the country group Ricochet and had been co-manager of country singer Doug Stone.
J. Kent Trinkle
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Dr. J. Kent Trinkle, who created the organ transplantation program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 64.
Trinkle performed San Antonio's first heart transplant in 1986 and helped pioneer lung transplantation in the United States. Since 1986, doctors at the health science center have performed more than 250 heart and lung transplants.
In 1995, a new 25,000-square-foot transplantation unit at University Hospital was named the J. Kent Trinkle Center for Transplant Sciences.