Dr. Alando Jay Jones Ballantyne
Mar. 12, 1998
HOUSTON (AP) _ Dr. Alando ``Jay'' Jones Ballantyne, who pioneered new surgical methods for removing cancer tumors from the neck, died Monday of complications from hepatitis. He was 80.
Ballantyne had worked at the University of Texas' M.D. Anderson Cancer Center since 1947, and was professor of surgery from 1974 until his retirement in 1990.
Ballantyne is credited with being the first surgeon in the United States to pioneer modified radical neck dissection.
Until the 1950s, surgical removal of cancer in the neck's lymph nodes often left the patient with reduced shoulder movement, scarring and tissue loss. Ballantyne perfected a technique that preserved shoulder movement.
Marvin A. Davis
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Marvin A. Davis, who helped plan Disney theme parks and won an Emmy for art direction, died Sunday. He was 87.
Davis joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1953. Davis, Disney and others created almost every aspect of Disneyland, which opened in 1955.
Davis then worked for Walt Disney Productions doing art direction and scenic design for movies from ``Zorro,'' to ``Babes in Toyland.'' He won an Emmy for ``Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color'' in 1963.
He returned to Imagineering in 1965, and was a project designer on the concept for Walt Disney World in Florida. He retired in 1975.
Lewis T. Ellsworth
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Lewis T. Ellsworth, former co-founder of Commercial Travelers Insurance Co., died Monday. He was 92.
Ellsworth and a friend borrowed $100 in 1936 to found Commercial Travelers, which changed its name in 1949 to Surety Life Insurance Co. The company was sold in 1976 to Dean Witter Co.
William J. Hartigan
SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) _ William J. Hartigan, a podiatrist who became an aide to President John F. Kennedy and an assistant postmaster general, died Sunday of cardiopulmonary failure. He was 75.
Hartigan did advance work for President Kennedy's trips, including the 1961 summit meeting in Vienna with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
Hartigan was appointed assistant postmaster general in 1960 and held the post until 1968.
Hartigan also practiced podiatry for 25 years in Massachusetts.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ Charlie Morrow, a former Chicago candy company executive who owned two Columbus sports clubs, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 43.
Morrow retired as president of the family-run Fannie May Candies in Chicago in 1994 and purchased the Class A Columbus RedStixx baseball team of the South Atlantic League. He also owned the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey club.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) _ Alberto Sartoris, a pioneer of avant-garde architecture, died Sunday. He was 97.
A contemporary of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, much of Sartoris' early work was rejected by building regulators or radically changed by clients. He told an interviewer two years ago that he had designed more than 800 projects in his life, but that only 50 were actually built.
Sartoris lectured in the United States, Spain and Italy and published a number of works, most notably three editions of the ``Elements of Functional Architecture'' and the three-volume ``Encyclopedia of the New Architecture.'' Both were written in French.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Wilko Schoenbohm, the founder of the Courage Center who was recognized for his pioneering humanitarian work with disabled people, died Monday. He was 84.
In 1952, Schoenbohm took over the Minnesota Society for Crippled Children and Adults, and in two decades developed it into the nationally renowned Courage Center. The Courage Center annually provides 70 types of services for 19,000 severely disabled people nationwide.
Schoenbohm also founded the Crippled Children's School in Jamestown, N.D., and served as the school's executive director for a decade from 1938-1948.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) _ Arkady Shevchenko, a top Soviet diplomat whose defection 20 years ago created an international sensation, died Feb. 28 from an apparent heart attack. He was 67.
Shevchenko was undersecretary general of the United Nations in 1975, when he began working secretly for the Central Intelligence Agency. Before taking his U.N. post, he was secretary in Moscow to Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko.
Considered the CIA's catch of the decade, he defected in April 1978. When he announced he would not go home, Soviet officials claimed he was being held under duress and tried to get him to return to Moscow.
Following his defection, Shevchenko wrote the best-selling book, ``Breaking with Moscow,'' commanded lucrative lecture fees and lived in an affluent neighborhood.
His book said his CIA handlers proved insensitive to the trauma of defection. And the KGB whisked his wife back to Moscow where she reportedly committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.
When the Soviet Union dissolved, Shevchenko disappeared from public view and spent his remaining years as a virtual recluse.