Obituaries in the News
The Associated Press
Nov. 20, 1998
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Roy J. Beadle, the former editor of the editorial page of The Oregon Journal, died Wednesday. He was 86.
He spent 40 years with the Journal, 26 of them on the editorial page and 18 years as the page's editor. He retired in 1977.
Beadle worked for the Gresham Outlook for three years before joining the Journal. He also served 43 years on the Linfield College board of directors.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma, two children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ Paddy Clancy, who sang with the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, the influential Irish folk group of the 1960s, died Nov. 11. He was 76.
The brothers and their friend Makem formed the group at the beginning of the folk music boom in New York in 1959. They performed with such people as Judy Collins and Pete Seeger.
Brother Bobby Clancy also occasionally sang with the group, which made more than 50 records. Paddy Clancy went out on his own after nine years. The group reunited in 1993 for a concert honoring Bob Dylan.
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) _ Harold Clawson, a longtime newspaperman and former editor of the Mount Vernon News, died Sunday. He was 77.
Clawson joined the Mount Vernon News as a reporter in 1947 and also served as city editor. After retiring as editor, he remained a freelance columnist and writer for the newspaper until his death.
He earlier worked at the Ashland Times-Gazette, Columbus Citizen and the News Journal in Mansfield.
He is survived by his wife, Harriett, two daughters, three grandchildren, and a brother and sister.
DALLAS (AP) _ Dr. William Douglas, the man who tended to the health of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts, including John Glenn, died Sunday of complications from a viral infection and pneumonia. He was 76.
Douglas had traveled to Florida to watch his old friend John Glenn return from space on Oct. 29. He became sick while driving back from Cape Canaveral to Albuquerque, N.M., with his wife.
Douglas was an Air Force flight surgeon when he was on leave from the service between 1959 to 1962 to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He retired from the Air Force in 1977 and was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1992.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ John Maguire, an urban affairs expert who helped draft federal housing legislation, died Nov. 11 of liver failure caused by complications of hepatitis and AIDS. He was 57.
Maguire helped draft the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which spelled out laws that forbid companies, banks, mortgage companies and other lenders from discriminating on the basis of race.
As a deputy administrator of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, Maguire helped develop more than 26,000 affordable housing units in the city.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Alan Pakula, who found a way to bring the uneasy heartbeat of America to the screen in intelligent but disturbing movies like ``All the President's Men,'' ``Klute'' and ``To Kill a Mockingbird,'' died Thursday in a car accident. He was 70.
His work earned him an Academy Award nomination for ``All the President's Men,'' and brought home Oscar honors for many of his actors, including Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Gregory Peck and Jason Robards.
Pakula, who began his career as a production assistant at Paramount at the age of 22, launched his career with the 1957 film ``Fear Strikes Out.'' It told the story of Boston Red Sox outfielder Jimmy Piersall and his bouts of manic depression.
He then produced Harper Lee's ``To Kill A Mockingbird'' in 1962. He followed with movies like the Natalie Wood-Steve McQueen romance ``Love With the Proper Stranger'' (1963), ``Inside Daisy Clover,'' also starring Wood (1965), ``Up the Down Staircase'' (1967) and ``The Stalking Moon'' (1969).
That same year, he got his first chance as a director with ``The Sterile Cuckoo.''
He followed that up with ``Klute,'' the 1971 film starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, ``The Parallax View'' in 1974 with Warren Beatty and ``All The President's Men,'' the 1976 movie that won four Oscars. Pakula was nominated for Best Director for ``All The President's Men.''
The loss of innocence and the tragic quality of life were themes that carried through his later work, such as 1982's ``Sophie's Choice,'' starring Meryl Streep, ``See You In the Morning'' in 1989, ``Presumed Innocent'' in 1990, ``The Pelican Brief'' in 1993 and ``The Devil's Own,'' starring Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford in 1997.
Perry Young Jr.
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) _ Perry Young Jr., an aviator who defied racist notions by becoming the nation's first black pilot for a commercial airline, died Nov. 8 of cancer. He was 79.
He made the historic flight Feb. 5, 1957 as the copilot of a 12-passenger New York Airways helicopter that flew from LaGuardia Airport to Idlewild Airport, later renamed Kennedy.
Before then, airlines refused to hire blacks in any onboard capacity, despite having established themselves as solid aviators in World War II.
During the war, Young became one of the first black flight instructors in the United States Army Air Corps. He taught more than 150 pilots, many of whom saw action during the war.