Marie Daerr Boehringer
Jun. 26, 1997
SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) _ Marie Daerr Boehringer, a reporter for the former Cleveland Press, died Sunday. She was 83.
In her 34-year career with the Press, she covered general assignments and education. She covered the 1947 wedding of Prince Philip and England's Princess Elizabeth, who became queen in 1952.
Boehringer, who wrote under her maiden name, published three books of poetry after retiring from the newspaper in 1973.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) _ ``Wino Willie'' Forkner, the central figure in a motorcycle club that inspired the 1954 Marlon Brando movie ``The Wild One,'' died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm Monday. He was 76.
Forkner was one of the first members of the Boozefighters, a Los Angeles biker gang that earned a rowdy reputation during the July 4 weekend in 1947 in Hollister, a small town near Monterey.
A photograph of the event in Life magazine gave the public a menacing image of bikers.
``The Wild One'' was released six years later, starring Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith and Lee Marvin. The film became a cult classic.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) _ Allen Seifert, a reporter and columnist for the St. Joseph News-Press, died Tuesday at the age of 59.
Seifert came to the News-Press when he was 20, making his way from part-time switchboard operator and office boy to sports columnist and feature writer.
He wrote about everything from a horseback-riding dog from Tennessee to a Nebraska woman and her singing guinea pig.
Seifert, a member of the Missouri Softball Hall of Fame, established girls' and women's fast-pitch softball teams starting in the early 1960s.
DETROIT (AP) _ Al Stark, a writer, editor and columnist for The Detroit News for more than three decades, died Tuesday at age 64.
In his 31 years at the News, Stark served as a reporter, travel writer, night city editor, deputy city editor and columnist. He retired in 1993.
He also was a feature writer for the Sunday magazine and won numerous writing awards, including several for a series on Africa. His column, which ran in the late 1960s and early '70s, was called The Real Detroit.
Stark was published in PGA Magazine and Reader's Digest, and he also wrote books on Zimbabwe and Australia.
Colleagues said Stark's terse, compassionate, compact writing often gave readers insight and inspiration.
``He taught me to see the extraordinary beauty in ordinary things such as a tree, that many people, including me, would take for granted,'' said Susan Stark, the News' film critic and his former wife.
Dr. James S. Todd
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Dr. James S. Todd, who wrote the American Medical Association's physicians' code of ethics and served as its executive vice president, died of cancer Tuesday. He was 65.
The code of ethics was adopted by the AMA in 1980 and remains unchanged, said association President Dr. Daniel H. Johnson.
From June 1990 until June 1996, Dr. Todd served as executive vice president of the AMA, which represents nearly half of the nation's 650,000 practicing medical doctors.
He became chief resident at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York in 1963. That same year, he began his surgical practice in Ridgewood.