Obituaries in the News
The Associated Press
Aug. 06, 1999
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Harley R. Bierce, who shared in a Pulitzer Prize for exposing police corruption, died Tuesday while on a mountain climbing trip in Colorado. He was 58.
Bierce collapsed Tuesday, according to his son, Ben Bierce.
A school teacher before becoming a reporter at the Indianapolis Star, Bierce in later years worked as an insurance executive and consultant.
He was a founding member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, and he and another reporter, Richard Cady, formed an investigative reporting team in 1973 that produced a series exposing corruption in the Indianapolis Police Department.
Their work, along with that of reporter Bill Anderson, helped the Star earn a Pulitzer Prize for special local reporting in 1975.
In 1978, he left newspapers to become vice president and director of market research and planning for Meridian Insurance in Indianapolis. He later moved to Chicago, where he was the principal figure in Bierce and Associates, an insurance consulting firm.
Bierce served in the Army for two years, spending a year in Vietnam.
Other survivors include a daughter.
David William Brooks
ATLANTA (AP) _ David William ``D.W.'' Brooks, the founder of farming cooperative and poultry-processing giant Gold Kist Inc., died Thursday. He was 97.
Brooks formed the farm cooperative that would become Gold Kist in 1933 as the Georgia Cooperative Cotton Producers Association. It would grow to become the nation's second largest poultry processor with annual sales of more than $2 billion.
Brooks also started Cotton Sales Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941 to provide farmers with fire and wind insurance. The company now insures farmers in 10 Southern states.
Brooks served as an adviser to seven presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Jimmy Carter. Hwas named Georgia's Man of the Year in Agriculture in 1955 and Man of the Year in Agriculture in the South in 1966 by Progressive Farmer magazine.
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) _ Chuck Mahoney, a driver who excelled in the early years of NASCAR four decades ago, died July 20 after a heart attack. He was 79.
Mahoney, ranked seventh in total points on the Grand National circuit in 1959, the second year of what would become Winston Cup racing.
Mahoney, whose hard-driving style earned him the nicknames ``Three Wheels'' and ``Wild Man,'' finished fifth in the first Darlington 500. He made a name for himself while competing against the likes of Lee Petty and Fireball Roberts, and was named NASCAR driver of the month in November 1957.
Richard Anthony Marion
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Richard Anthony Marion, who went from a role on TV's 1970s comedy ``Operation Petticoat'' to directing recent episodes of ``Everybody Loves Raymond,'' died July 19 from a heart attack. He was 50.
Marion was a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area's Magic Theater, which became known for its presentation of cutting-edge playwrights like Sam Shepard.
Marion played Pharmacist's Mate Williams on the 1977-79 ABC-TV series ``Operation Petticoat,'' a comedy set on a submarine in World War II. He later directed episodes of the 1989-92 ABC comedy ``Anything but Love'' and the CBS show ``Everybody Loves Raymond.''
He died three days before ``Everybody Loves Raymond'' was nominated for a comedy series Emmy Award.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice B.K. Roberts died Wednesday. He was 92.
Roberts served 27 years on the state's highest court, including three terms as chief justice. He also spent 14 years as chairman of the Judicial Council, taking leadership roles in creating Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Public Defender System and the law school at Florida State.
Roberts served as a member of the 1968 Florida Constitution Revision Commission chaired by Chesterfield Smith, a former president of the American Bar Association who built the law firm of Holland & Knight into one of the state's most prestigious firms.
When he retired from the state Supreme Court in 1976, Roberts helped organize the law firm of Roberts, Miller, Baggett & LaFace. He retired a second time when it merged with the state's then second-largest law firm, Greenberg & Traurig.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Gene Weed, a producer and director of television specials and awards shows for more than 25 years, died Thursday of cancer. Weed was 64.
Weed's varied entertainment career included 15 years as a top radio disc jockey, host of the 1960s syndicated television show ``Shivaree,'' seven years as board chairman of The Academy of Country Music and a recent election as president of that organization.
He was a pioneer in the field of what has become music videos, producing and directing more than 200 films of performances by artists including Glen Campbell, The Fifth Dimension, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Debby Boone.
Weed joined dick clark productions inc. in the 1970s, and became its senior vice president for television. Beginning in 1974 he produced, directed or performed both roles for several annual television shows including the ``Golden Globe Awards'' and ``The Academy of Country Music Awards.'' He also was producer-director of the ``Hot Country Nights'' series on NBC 1991-92 and its revival in 1994-95 on The Nashville Network.
Weed produced or directed dozens of television specials including the three-hour ``Live Aid'' concert on ABC, Live Aid III and IV, and a 90-minute special preceding the 1994 World Cup soccer tournament, viewed by an estimated 750 million people around the world.