Obituaries in the News
The Associated Press
Jan. 17, 2001
ST. PAUL (AP) _ Arthur Applebaum, whose innovations in frozen food helped revolutionize the supermarket industry, died Jan. 14 of kidney failure. He was 90.
Applebaum and his brothers built the Applebaum's supermarket chain, which in 1982 became Rainbow Foods.
After becoming the supervisor of frozen-foods departments at all the Applebaum's supermarkets, Arthur Applebaum saw an opportunity for frozen orange juice and vegetables and other goods, despite the fact that consumers had little freezer space at the time.
He decided to buck food industry trends, and built more frozen-food space in the family's supermarkets.
In turn, manufacturers eventually provided homeowners with more refrigerator freezer space.
CHICAGO (AP) _ Hammond Chaffetz, an attorney who prosecuted antitrust violators, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 93.
Chaffetz, who represented crime syndicate figures and corporate officials, won convictions of 30 executives and 16 major oil companies for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act while serving as a federal prosecutor.
A 1930 graduate of Harvard Law School, Chaffetz went to work for the Justice Department on the recommendation of law professor and later Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter.
While at the Justice Department, Chaffetz pursued cases against the oil companies and against International Business Machines for requiring buyers of IBM machines to also buy the company's punch cards. He became a partner in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office after World War II and moved to Chicago in 1951.
To help build the law firm, Chaffetz recruited corporate clients, including General Motors, International Harvester, Motorola and Nissan. He also recruited top young lawyers and entrusted them with the accounts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bert Corona, a civil rights activist and labor leader, died Jan. 15, nine days after returning from Mexico, where he had gone for treatment of several ailments. He was 82.
Corona served as both national and executive director of the nonprofit Hermandad organization of Spanish-speaking immigrants based in Los Angeles.
In Corona's nearly 30 years with the advocacy and service group, he increased its membership to more than 50,000 families nationwide, said Juan Garcia, a board member.
The University of California Press published Corona's autobiography, ``Memories of Chicano History,'' in 1993.
PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) _ Bill Davidson, a best-selling author, journalist and commentator who co-authored a book with President Kennedy and worked as a war correspondent, died Monday following a stroke. He was 82.
Davidson's 13 books included a follow-up to ``Profiles in Courage,'' written with Kennedy and targeted at young readers, and ``Cut Off,'' a best seller based on his experiences as a World War II correspondent. The latter is in preproduction as a motion picture.
He joined the Army after graduating from New York University's School of Journalism and spent most of the war with combat troops as a correspondent for the Army magazine Yank. His 1972 book details his adventures, which included protecting two Jewish children who escaped from a concentration camp during the Battle of the Bulge.
After his discharge, Davidson worked for the magazine Colliers, eventually becoming its Los Angeles bureau chief. He later worked at The Saturday Evening Post and Look and was a commentator on the NBC Radio series ``Emphasis'' from 1967 to 1971.
He wrote extensively about celebrities. His books included biographies of Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar, Jane Fonda and Spencer Tracy.
Philip L. Hansen
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Philip L. Hansen, a leader in developing treatments for alcoholism and other addictions, died Jan. 14. He was 73.
Hansen was a parish pastor in the American Lutheran Church for 18 years, but was perhaps best known for his fight against alcoholism.
Gordon Sprenger, former president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, asked Hansen to set up a chemical dependency program at the hospital. Hansen directed the program from 1970 to 1986.
Hansen was known for taking people off the street late at night and driving them to treatment centers, and was fond of saying that alcoholism ``affected people from Yale to jail.''
He wrote three books on alcoholism: ``Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired,'' ``Alcoholism: the Afflicted and the Affected'' and ``Tragedy of Abundance.'' He also lectured widely about chemical dependence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ted Mann, the theater entrepreneur and movie producer whose name graces one of Hollywood's most famous landmarks, died of a stroke Monday. He was 84.
Grauman's Chinese Theater, famous for the footprints and handprints of Hollywood movie stars embedded in its courtyard's concrete sidewalks, became Mann's Chinese Theater in 1973 after Mann acquired it.
Mann, married to actress Rhonda Fleming, continued the theater's tradition of glitzy movie premieres.
He broke into the movie business in Minnesota in the 1930s, renting St. Paul's financially troubled Selby Theater for $100 a month and booking films, selling tickets and running the projector. Within a few years he owned a chain of 25 theaters and drive-ins across Minnesota.
He sold out to General Cinema Corp. in 1970 and moved to Los Angeles to become a movie producer. He brought to the screen such films as Robert Redford's ``Brubaker,'' ``Krull'' and Ray Bradbury's ``The Illustrated Man.''
He returned to the theater business in 1973, buying the 276-screen National General Theatre chain that included Grauman's Chinese Theater.
The Mann Theatres chain grew to 360 screens _ the largest independent chain in the country _ before he sold it to Gulf & Western in 1986. He remained chairman until leaving the company in 1991.
F.X. Matt II
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) _ F.X. Matt II, a third-generation brewer who helped his family business rebound and thrive, died Monday from pneumonia. He was 67.
Matt led the small but popular brewery founded in 1888 by his grandfather through hard economic times even as other tiny breweries across the nation folded.
Now in its 113th year, the company remains an economic force in Utica. After Matt and his siblings bought the brewery from a trust dominated by two generations of their grandfather's descendants, it went from losing $1.3 million to near profitability in 20 months.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Herb Plambeck, a veteran Iowa farm broadcaster, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 15. He was 92.
Plambeck was farm director from 1936 to 1969 at WHO radio, where he helped organize the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.
Plambeck was a war correspondent for WHO during World War II and Vietnam. He also made an around-the-world tour to report on food and agriculture organizations, and served in Washington as an assistant to two agriculture secretaries.
NEW YORK (AP) _ John Rhoden, a sculptor who worked primarily with bronze and wood, died Jan. 4. He was 82.
His commissioned works include ``Monumental Abstraction,'' on the exterior of the Metropolitan Hospital in Harlem; a 9-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Frederick Douglass, at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania; and ``Zodiacal Structure and Curved Wall,'' at the Afro-American Museum in Philadelphia.
Rhoden's work has been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, among other institutions.
He showed his works on tours to Europe, Africa and Asia during the 1950s and early 1960s.
LONDON (AP) _ British artist Sarah Raphael, whose work hangs in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and London's National Portrait Gallery, died Jan. 10 from pneumonia. She was 40.
The daughter of Oscar-winning screen writer Frederic Raphael, Sarah Raphael decided she wanted to become an artist at age 7.
Initially best known for her portraits, she also painted landscapes, allegorical scenes and bright mosaics of color.
In 1996, Raphael _ whose striking looks made her a familiar face in British celebrity magazines _ won the NatWest Prize for Art for a series of paintings depicting Australian scenes.
Plagued by migraines since she was a teen-ager, Raphael was eventually forced to give up oil paints and turpentine in favor of acrylics.