August Belmont IV, grandson of the founder of Belmont Park, died Monday at
The Associated Press
Jul. 13, 1995
EASTON, Md. (AP) _ August Belmont IV, grandson of the founder of Belmont Park, died Monday at 86.
His grandfather, August Belmont II, formed the Westchester (N.Y.) Racing Association in 1895 and oversaw construction of Belmont Park, which opened in 1905.
He retired as president of the investment firm of Dillon, Read in 1971.
Allen J. Finkelson
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Allen J. Finkelson, longtime harness-racing publicist, died of cancer Wednesday. He was 71.
Finkelson became publicist for Monticello (N.Y.) Raceway in 1959, and joined Pompano Harness track in 1976.
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) _ Simon Geller, former operator of a one-man classical music radio station, died Tuesday in Rockville, Md., where he lived. He was 75.
Geller played scratchy recordings of classical music on WVCA, which he operated out of his Gloucester apartment from 1964 to 1988. It now operates as WBOQ in Beverly.
Geller stayed on the air by soliciting donations from thousands of listeners within a 35-mile radius.
Alice V. Keliher
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Alice V. Keliher, a nationally known author and children's educator, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. She was 92.
In the 1960s, she helped pioneer Head Start, the federal program to improve the school performance of disadvantaged children. She often was called ``the grandmother of day care'' for campaigning to establish educational day care centers as she defended working mothers.
Keliher's book, ``Talks with Teachers'' is a classic in the field of early childhood education.
Keliher spent 25 years as an education professor at New York University. She retired in 1969 from Boston's Wheelock College.
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Jason Mettler, a former San Onofre nuclear power plant engineer who sued its operator after he contracted leukemia, died in Boulder, Colo. He was 41.
Mettler and his wife alleged the nuclear power plant operated by Southern California Edison exposed him to lethal radiation in the 1980s that led to his myelogenous leukemia. The lawsuit alleges the plant operated with leaks for 18 months to save money, and it inaccurately measured radiation levels.
Attorneys for Edison have declined comment on the case, which was one of four that involved former workers diagnosed with cancer after working at San Onofre.
William T. O'Donnell
CHICAGO (AP) _ William T. O'Donnell, who turned Bally Manufacturing Corp. from a one-product pinball game manufacturer into the world's largest maker of slot machines, died Tuesday of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 72.
O'Donnell started with the Chicago-based company in 1946, when it was known as Lyon Manufacturing Co. In 1961, he and several partners bought the company from the estate of the founder.
He was chairman and chief executive officer of Bally Manufacturing from 1962 until his retirement in 1980.
The company, now known as Bally Entertainment Corp., has been spinning off its slot machine business to concentrate on its casino and fitness-center operations.
STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Max O. Urbahn, former president of the American Institute of Architects, died Sunday of complications from diabetes. He was 83.
Urbahn headed the design and construction of the vast Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Control Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and was a leading designer of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Complex at Batavia, Ill.
Urbahn was president of the American Institute of Architects from 1971 to 1972. He was awarded a gold medal in 1994 from the Society of Military Engineers.
Born in Germany, Urbahn began his architectural career in the United States in 1938 with Eggers and Higgins as the firm completed the design and construction of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) _ Leonard Zanke, a minor league player who went on to scout for the New York Mets for more than two decades, died Monday. He was 76.
Zanke began scouting for the Mets in 1962. When he retired in 1986, he received the Gil Hodges Award for dedication, devotion and meritorious service. Zanke also scouted for the Cincinnati Reds.
He played six years of minor league ball starting in the late 1930s and ending when he was hit with a pitch.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Alfonso Zirpoli, a retired federal judge known for his defense of individual rights and his ruling in the ``Zebra Killer'' racial slayings, died Monday at 90.
As a U.S. district judge, he blocked prosecution of a man who objected to the draft on religious grounds, barred the government from firing a gay worker and ordered California to increase payments to welfare recipients.
In the 1974 ``Zebra Killer'' case, he ruled unconstitutional the nearly 600 stops San Francisco police made of black men in the search for the killers of 14 whites.
Zirpoli was named to the federal bench by President Kennedy in 1961 and retired in 1990.