Obituaries in the News
Mar. 05, 2003
NEW YORK (AP) _ Elaine Barrie, the fourth wife of Shakespearean actor John Barrymore, died Saturday. She was 87.
Barrie led a tumultuous, highly publicized romance with Barrymore, who was nearly 35 years her senior. Their marriage, which included at least four public separations, lasted less than four years.
The couple's first interaction occurred in 1935 when Barrie, at the age of 19, wrote a letter to Barrymore while the actor was hospitalized in Manhattan. The two became close, referring to each other with Shakespearean names taken from ``The Tempest,'' and sharing a voyage on his yacht.
Barrymore got Barrie a part in the 1940 play, ``My Dear Children,'' which includes a scene where he held her in his lap and spanked her.
Born Elaine Jacobs in 1915, she changed her name to Barrie because it sounded like Barrymore. She vowed as a teenager to marry Barrymore after seeing him in the 1931 movie, ``Svengali.''
Barrie is credited with only one full-length film, ``Midnight'' in 1939, but also appeared in radio, plays and movies.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Bruce Brown, a longtime sportswriter and columnist with the Spokane Daily Chronicle and The Spokesman-Review, died Feb. 26. He was 79.
Brown passed away in his sleep at the home of his niece, Robin McIndoo, with whom he lived, in Placentia, Calif.
Brown's death came on the 16th anniversary of his retirement from The Spokesman-Review on Feb. 26, 1987. He spent 18 years with the Spokane newspapers, devoting his first decade to coverage of Washington State University football and men's basketball.
He also wrote a column, ``Another View,'' and put in seven years as executive sports editor of the Chronicle. He wrote about his passions, horse racing, golf and bowling.
In 1986, the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association honored him for excellence in continued coverage of horse racing.
In addition to his niece, her two sons and another niece, Brown is survived by three stepsons and a stepdaughter.
Jane K. Horrocks
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Jane K. Horrocks, the fashion editor of two former Columbus newspapers for 33 years, died Sunday. She was 90.
Horrocks was hired by The Columbus Citizen in 1946 and remained with the newspaper when it merged with the Ohio State Journal in 1959 and became the Citizen-Journal.
After retiring from the newspaper in 1979, Horrocks reviewed books for the Ohioana Library.
Horrocks graduated from Ohio State University and served with the Red Cross in India during World War II.
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) _ Dzhaba Ioseliani, a powerful paramilitary leader in post-Soviet Georgia who was imprisoned for a bomb attack on the motorcade of the president he helped bring to power, died Tuesday. He was 76, and had suffered a stroke on Feb. 26.
As the leader of the Mkhedrioni (Horsemen) paramilitary force, Ioseliani battled separatists in the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia in the early 1990s.
He was one of the initiators of the 1991-92 insurgency against the first president of independent Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, and was instrumental in bringing the current president, Eduard Shevardnadze, to office.
By the mid-1990s, he was considered the second most powerful man in the Caucasus Mountains nation after Shevardnadze.
Relations between the two men were tense, however.
In early 1995, Shevardnadze ordered the Mkhedrioni disbanded, accusing the group of broad involvement in crime. Later that year, Ioseliani, who was also a member of parliament, was arrested for allegedly organizing a car bomb attack against Shevardnadze the previous August. He was charged with treason and plotting the killings of several Georgian political leaders, and sentenced in 1998 to 11 years in prison.
Ioseliani was among 279 people freed in an amnesty decreed by Shevardnadze in April 2000.
Ioseliani's criminal career dates to Soviet times, when he served time in prison for assault and robbery. In all, he spent more than 20 years behind bars.
Alexander E. Jones
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Alexander E. Jones, the president of Butler University for 16 years, died Friday. He was 82.
Jones came to Butler in 1959 as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an English instructor. He became Butler's president in 1962, remaining in the position until he resigned in 1978.
During his administration, the private school built five major buildings, added many academic programs and raised millions of dollars in donations.
Jones was both praised and condemned for his stern posture toward student protests in the late 1960s, when he told dissidents ``to leave and go to institutions with policies more to their liking.''
The university also raised $6.125 million in the late 1960s to build an academic science building, which was dedicated in 1973 as part of a complex that included Holcomb Research Institute.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Luis Marden, the explorer who found the remains of the HMS Bounty and was a pioneer in underwater photography, died Monday of complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was 90.
In 1957 Marden discovered the remains of William Bligh's ship Bounty off Pitcairn Island in the Pacific.
During a 64-year career with the National Geographic Society, Marden traveled with Jacques Cousteau and was a pioneer in 35mm underwater color photography.
Working with his wife, Ethel, a mathematician, Marden recalculated the route Columbus sailed from Spain's Canary Islands to the Western Hemisphere. They and National Geographic senior editor Joseph Judge concluded that Columbus landed at Samana Cay, 65 miles southwest of the long-accepted landfall on Watling Island, also known as San Salvador.
Early in his career Marden spent much of his time in Central and South America. Later he was a leader in National Geographic's space reporting.
In the late 1960s, in Brazil, he discovered a new orchid species, now named Epistephium mardeni after him. In 1972 he found a new species of sea flea deep in the Atlantic. It is now called Dolobrotus mardeni.
He contributed 60 articles to National Geographic as writer or photographer and made 11 films for the society.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Georges May, a scholar of French literature who led Yale University as provost and dean of undergraduates during tumultuous times on campus, died Friday of complications from a heart condition. He was 82.
May's specialty was French literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, and he was an authority on French enlightenment figures Denis Diderot and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
In 1971, he was made a chevalier in the French Order of the Legion of Honor.
He was awarded Yale's William Clyde DeVane Medal in 1992 for a lifetime of scholarship and undergraduate teaching.
May was dean of Yale College from 1963 to 1971, as Yale started admitting female students and as civil rights and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations rocked the campus.
May was a strong supporter of Yale's decision to admit female undergraduates starting in 1969. He fought a quota that limited female students to 300 per class _ a quota that was abandoned in favor of admission regardless of sex.
During anti-war fever on campus, when Yale's ROTC program was under fire, May helped keep the peace among factions in the faculty.
May was Yale provost, the second-highest position at the university, from 1979 to 1981.