Obituaries in the News
GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) _ Edgar Allen Ablowich, part of the United States’ 1,600-meter relay team that won a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, died Monday. He was 84.
He and teammates Bill Carr, Karl Warner and Ivan Fuqua won the 1,600-meter race in 3 minutes, 8.2 seconds at the Los Angeles Games. The mark was a world record that stood until the 1952 Olympics.
PARIS (AP) _ Alain Bosquet, a leading French poet, novelist and critic whose work swept all the country’s literary prizes, died March 17 of cancer. He was 78.
Bosquet, born Anatole Bisk, wrote a bestselling autobiography called ``A Russian Mother,″ that told of his mother’s death and how his family fled the Russian Revolution only to later have to flee Nazi-occupied Belgium.
Bosquet wrote about 50 works in Paris. He was mainly known as a poet, although he also wrote novels and literary criticism for the leading dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro between 1961 and 1984.
Bosquet won every French literary prize during his career, and was also honored by L’Academie Francaise.
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Robert Lasch, a longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial writer who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1966, died Monday. He was 91.
Lasch’s prize-winning editorial, published in the Post-Dispatch Jan. 17, 1965, predicted a ``vain effort″ in South Vietnam, and suggested that the United States shouldn’t prove that we could wage war in Vietnam.
He was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and wrote editorials for the Chicago Sun, later the Sun-Times, before joining the Post-Dispatch in 1950. Lasch took over as editorial page editor in 1957. He retired in 1971.
Survivors include his wife, Iris, a daughter, a sister, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Joe Lucco, longtime basketball coach, Madison County lawmaker and aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 85.
Lucco coached basketball at Edwardsville High School from 1944 to 1960 and then again from 1963 to 1965, taking numerous teams to the state championship tournament. He had a lifetime record of 562-267.
He was elected to the state House in 1974 and served two terms.
KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) _ Ichiro ``Iron″ Maehara, a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 30 years, died Monday. He was 88.
Maehara was instrumental in the team signing Hawaii native Sid Fernandez, who went on to a 10-year major league career, mostly with the New York Mets.
Maehara was also a friend of dozens of stars and brought them to the island of Maui for exhibition games. He was one of Tommy Lasorda’s personal guests when the former Dodgers manager was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.
The former War Memorial Baseball Stadium in Wailuku was named after him in October and in 1994 he received the Chuck Leahey Memorial Award in recognition of service to baseball in Hawaii.
Nick Auf der Maur
MONTREAL (AP) _ Nick Auf der Maur, one of Montreal’s best-known newspaper columnists, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 55.
Auf der Maur began as a columnist with the Montreal Gazette 30 years ago, then had stints at the Montreal Star and Montreal News before returning to the Gazette.
He also was a left-leaning activist who served on Montreal’s city council and exposed some of the cost overruns incurred during the 1976 Olympics, which were held in the Quebec city.
He wrote a book, ``The Billion Dollar Game,″ in which he assailed mismanagement prior to the Olympics.
PARIS (AP) _ Yves Mourousi, a former news anchorman who revolutionized French television with his casual, straight-talking style, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 55.
Mourousi anchored the midday news between 1975-88, and was one of the most colorful figures in French television. His scratchy smoker’s voice and friendly ``Bonjour″ were known to millions.
Mourousi and his co-anchor Marie-Laure Augry earned high ratings with their magazine-style approach to current events.
He is survived by his 12-year-old daughter, Sophie.
ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) _ Jim Sagel, an internationally recognized writer of bilingual stories and poems in English and Spanish, was found dead Monday. He was 50.
Sagel, who wrote 17 books of poetry and prose, was found by a state Game and Fish officer at the Bernardo Game Refuge north of Socorro. A suicide note was found nearby, state police said.
Sagel wrote about his experiences in New Mexico for more than two decades and received numerous literary awards, including Premio Casa de las Americas, an international Spanish-language prize. He was the first non-Spanish author to win the El Premio Literario Ciudad de San Sebastian award for the best play written in Spanish.
Sagel also won the Concurso Internacional de la Revista Poesia award in Venezuela for his collection of poetry titled ``On the Make Again/Otra Vez en la Movida.″
He received the Governor’s Award in 1984 for editing and publication of the book La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada, 1733-1983. In 1996, he was given the New Mexico Endowment for Humanities’ Excellence.
William Littleton Tazewell
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ William Littleton Tazewell, the great-grandson of a Virginia governor and U.S. senator and an English teacher at the University of Virginia, died Wednesday after a lengthy illness. He was 66.
Tazewell worked for The Virginian-Pilot and Ledger Star newspapers in Norfolk starting in 1959.
He wrote a book on Norfolk’s history, ``Norfolk’s Waters: An Illustrated Maritime History of Hampton Roads,″ in 1982 and another on the history of Newport News Shipbuilding in 1986.
Tazewell was the great grandson of Littleton Waller Tazewell, Virginia’s first Whig governor from 1834 to 1836 who later served in the U.S. Senate.
Seth R. Thomas
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Seth R. Thomas, a sixth-generation descendant of a 19th-century clockmaker and a keeper of timepieces, died Monday of prostate cancer. He was 56.
Thomas was the keeper of the Seth Thomas Tower Clock in Ravenna and was instrumental in having a clock tower included in plans for the Hiram College Library that opened in 1995.