Obituaries in the News
Apr. 23, 1999
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Godfrey H.P. Anderson, a World War II correspondent for The Associated Press who was taken prisoner in North Africa, died Tuesday of a stroke. He was 90.
Anderson, who was born in London, worked for the AP for 38 years. He worked as a writer and photo editor for the AP in his native country and later served as head of the news cooperative's photo bureau in Paris.
He went on to serve as a war correspondent in Ethiopia, Egypt, Palestine, Syria and France and chief of bureau in Belgium.
His duty was interrupted for 3 1/2 years when he was taken prisoner in 1941 by German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's forces in Libya and held prisoner in German camps in Libya, Italy and Germany.
Anderson transferred to the AP's Dallas office in 1970, after his wife was offered a job with the Dallas Times Herald. He became a U.S. citizen two years later.
In addition to his wife, Nadeane Walker Anderson, he is survived by a son and daughter.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Former state Sen. William Bowen, a champion of civil rights who later sponsored a law giving minorities more state contracts, died on Thursday of cancer. He was 70.
Before leaving the Legislature in 1995, the Democrat spent nearly 25 years in the Ohio Senate _ believed to be the longest term served in the body by a black.
Bowen was known for sponsoring ``set aside'' legislation requiring that some state contracts go to minority-owned businesses and for work on tax incentives in high unemployment areas.
Bowen was also president of the Cincinnati NAACP from 1958-64, where he helped blacks win jobs at private companies and in the police department.
He was elected to the House in 1966 and became the third-ranking Democratic leader.
In 1970, he was appointed to the Senate. He was elected to the seat the same year, later becoming chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee. He left the Senate in January 1995.
Despite successes on the local and state level, he was defeated in two runs for the 1st District U.S. House seat, in 1976 and 1994.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ Tom Davis, founder of Piedmont Airlines, died Thursday. He was 81.
Davis founded Piedmont Aviation, which first sold single-propeller planes to private pilots in the 1940s and then became one of the country's biggest airlines.
Piedmont completed a merger with US Airways in 1989, when Piedmont had about 21,500 employees and annual revenues of $2.5 billion. After the merger, Davis served as director emeritus.
Davis was captivated by aviation at an early age. While in high school, he was spending his allowance on flying lessons at the airport.
Piedmont's first commercial flight took off on Feb. 20, 1948. Davis was on board as the plane taxied onto the runway in Wilmington, N.C., and made several stops before terminating in Cincinnati.
After his retirement in 1983, he continued to fly until 1998.
Frank J. Pasquerilla
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ Frank J. Pasquerilla, chairman and CEO of Crown American Realty Trust, died Wednesday. He was 72.
In 1988, Pasquerilla's estimated $350 million fortune earned him a place on Forbes Magazine's list of the 400 wealthiest Americans.
He shared his wealth, providing a performing arts center for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and $1 million toward creation of a heritage discovery center for the city.
In February, Pasquerilla paid the air fare for a 10-year-old Bosnian boy, Nebojsa Pisaric, and his mother, Dragica, to go to Johnstown so the boy could be treated for his lone failing kidney.
Crown American Realty develops regional shopping malls in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Gian-Carlo Rota, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology mathematician and philosopher, died Monday. He was 66.
Rota, who began teaching at MIT in 1959, was the only faculty member ever to hold the title of professor of mathematics and philosophy.
Rota is credited with transforming his specialty area, combinatorics, from an insignificant field to one of the most important areas of mathematics, said Richard Stanley, an MIT math professor and former student of Rota's.
Rota was the author of seven books, founding editor of three journals and the recipient of numerous prizes and honorary degrees. He published close to 200 papers in mathematics or philosophy, and more than 500 book reviews.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Su Shueh-lin, an eminent writer and veteran of China's 1919 May Fourth Movement for free expression, died Wednesday of complications from a lung infection. She was 104.
In a career spanning 70 years, Ms. Su produced more than 50 published works, including collections of essays, classical Chinese poetry, novels and literary criticism.
Her works had a deep impact on generations of leaders and political reformers. Cheng Kung University, where she taught until retiring 30 years ago, published a 15-volume collection of her life's work and memoirs.
Ms. Su became caught up in the movement for political, social and cultural freedom in May 1919 while a student at Beijing's Women's Normal College.
After studying in France, Ms. Su returned to teach at various universities around China. In the 1930s, she produced her best known and most influential works: a novel, ``Thorn Heart,'' and a collection of essays, ``Green Sky.''
A recurrent theme in her writing was criticism of communism and the intrusion of politics into art and literature. In 1949, She fled to Taiwan with Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists ahead of the takeover of the mainland by Mao Tse-tung's communists. She returned to mainland China only once, last year.