Silas Roy Crain
Sep. 19, 1996
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) _ Silas Roy ``Senior'' Crain, a music manager who brought Sam Cooke into the Soul Stirrers Quartet, died Saturday. He was 85.
Crain, the last surviving member of the quartet, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Gospel Hall of Fame.
As Cooke hit stardom, Crain served as his road manager, business partner and adviser. He co-authored last year's best-selling book ``You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke.''
The Soul Stirrers were known for the innovative use of four men singing tight, light harmony plus a fifth as lead singer, originally R.J. Harris and later Cooke.
Jesse A. Friedman
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Jesse A. Friedman, an international AFL-CIO representative who worked to establish trade unions in other countries, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 62.
Friedman had been a member of the AFL-CIO delegation to the annual International Labor Organization conferences in Geneva since 1977. At the conferences, he worked on committees that drafted standards protecting workers' rights.
He also was executive director of the American Institute for Free Labor Development, which promotes unions abroad. Friedman joined the institute in 1963 after working two years for the Labor Department.
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) _ Keith Kemper, publisher of The Sheridan Press for the past eight years, died Wednesday after a heart attack. He was 60.
Kemper moved to Sheridan in 1988 to become the Press' publisher after holding the same position at The Alliance (Neb.) Times-Herald.
He was an employee of Seaton Publishing Co. of Coffeyville, Kan., for more than 42 years. Seaton owns newspapers in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.
He is survived by his wife, a son, a brother and two grandchildren.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Jacques Minkus, a Polish-born entrepreneur credited with making stamp collecting popular in the United States, died Tuesday at 94.
Minkus, who came to the United States in 1929, was working with his brother publishing and selling miniature dictionaries in chain stores across the country when a stamp dealer showed them a stamp album from England.
Realizing they could manufacture album sets for less and sell more, the brothers hustled their clients into stocking the books and accompanying bags of stamps. The public responded with interest to this new hobby item.
When the partnership with his brother dissolved, Minkus took his share of the business in stamps. Starting in 1931 with a stand in Gimbels department store, he eventually built up a stamp vending operation that included outlets in 45 department stores nationwide.
By the time he sold his business in the mid-1980's, a former postmaster general declared Minkus ``the man who brought stamps to Main Street.''
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Elizabeth Noyce, a philanthropist whose investments sparked the state's businesses, died Wednesday. She was 65 and suffered from emphysema.
Noyce's largesse included tens of millions of dollars in donations to Maine charities, colleges, hospitals and museums.
In recent years she practiced economic philanthropy, using her checkbook to spur the economy and create jobs, especially in downtown Portland where she bought office towers and a bakery.
She started the Portland-based Maine Bank & Trust Co. five years ago to help businesses survive a banking crisis.
Noyce acquired much of her wealth _ now worth more than $200 million _ in a 1975 divorce from Robert Noyce, the founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor and co-inventor of the integrated circuit chip. He died in 1990.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Tommy Thomas, a car dealer who ran the state Republican Party, died Tuesday after a heart attack. He was 71.
The state GOP boss between 1970 and 1974, he ran Ronald Reagan's presidential campaigns in Florida in 1976, 1980 and 1984.
Thomas served as a presidential elector for Barry Goldwater in 1964, Richard Nixon in 1972, Ronald Reagan in 1980, George Bush in 1988, and was chosen as one for Bob Dole. He was also an honorary campaign chairman for Dole in Florida.
Thomas joined the U.S. Marines on his 17th birthday. Serving in the South Pacific, he won the Purple Heart and five air medals.
In the mid-1960s, he purchased a Chevrolet dealership, which grew into several car dealerships across the country.