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February 18, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Joe Concannon, a Boston Globe sports writer for more than 30 years, was found dead in his apartment Wednesday. He was 60.

Concannon appeared to have died in his sleep, although the cause and time of death were not immediately determined.

Concannon worked as a sports information assistant at Harvard and Holy Cross before joining the Globe.

He retired in September, finishing his career as the lead writer for the Globe at the Ryder Cup in Brookline.

He covered the Boston Marathon, golf, the Beanpot Classic, college football and the Olympics for the newspaper.

John Gardiner

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) _ John Gardiner, who ran a string of tennis resorts and was coach to an array of the rich and famous, died Tuesday of complications from heart surgery. He was 82.

In 1957, Gardiner opened the Carmel Valley Tennis Ranch, later renamed John Gardiner Tennis Ranch.

Over the years, those who played at the ranch included presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan, entertainers Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas, tennis greats Jack Kramer and Pancho Gonzales, and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig.

By the late 1970s, Gardiner controlled 11 tennis resorts in eight states.

At his resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., Gardiner started the annual Senators Cup Tournament, where U.S. senators played tennis to raise money for charity. The tournament raised $4 million over 20 years.

Sal J. Foderaro

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Sal J. Foderaro, the former editorial page editor of the Asbury Park Press of Neptune who was known for his genteel manner and intelligence, died Thursday of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 75.

In addition to working at several newspapers, Foderaro also was an executive editor for Encyclopedia Americana.

Foderaro started his career when he was 22 by answering an ad in the now-defunct Long Branch Daily Record for a ``female proofreader″ paying $15 per week.

He gained national recognition there when he wrote condemnations of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who falsely accused many scientists and civilian employees of being communists.

After working for two years as city editor of the White Plains (N.Y.) Reporter Dispatch, he joined the editorial staff of the Encyclopedia Americana in 1958.

Foderaro returned to newspapers in 1982 and by 1985 he had been named editorial page editor of the Asbury Park Press of Neptune. He retired in 1995.

Survivors include his wife Jane; daughter Lisa W. Foderaro, a reporter for The New York Times; son T.J. Foderaro, the night metro editor and a wine columnist for The Star-Ledger of Newark; brother Joseph of Ocean Township, and a granddaughter.

Kermit Forbes

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) _ Kermit ``Shine″ Forbes, Ernest Hemingway’s favorite sparring partner during the 1940s, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Forbes and Hemingway first met by accident. Hemingway was refereeing a bout and Forbes was coaching a young boxer who was having a hard time with a more experienced pro.

The 23-year-old Forbes threw a towel into the ring three times to try to stop the fight and Hemingway refused, hurling the towel in Forbes’ face the third time around.

Forbes resided in a small Key West home not far from the author’s residence, which is now a museum and national literary landmark.

Forbes’ walls displayed hundreds of photos and clippings related to the author, his descendants and Key West’s annual Hemingway Days Festival.

Peter Gorseth

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Peter Gorseth, an American honored by France last year for his service in the months following World War I, died Monday. He was 106.

Gorseth was drafted in 1918 and sent to France as a veterinarian’s assistant. It was an important job in a war in which horses and mules moved guns, supplies and armies.

He arrived in Bordeaux, France, on Nov. 12, 1918, one day after the fighting stopped. He worked the next seven months in a makeshift vet clinic earning $24 per month.

Last February, the French government tracked Gorseth down and awarded him the Insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor _ the highest decoration the French government can give to a non-national.

The French have attempted to award the honor to all living American veterans of the war _ estimated at fewer than 1,500.

Martin T. Orne

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Dr. Martin T. Orne, a psychiatrist whose work on hypnosis helped limit its role in criminal investigations, died Friday of cancer. He was 72.

He gained fame for his role in two high-profile criminal cases in California in the 1970s and 1980s: the Patricia Hearst kidnapping and bank robbery, and the Hillside Strangler serial killings. His taped therapy sessions with Anne Sexton were woven into a biography after the 1974 suicide of the tormented Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

As a young doctoral student at Harvard, Orne did a study that concluded that people under hypnosis do not re-experience or relive moments from very early in their development. Also in the 1950s came his seminal study showing that people try to please psychologists in experiments by telling them what they think they are looking for.

Orne testified that Hearst, a newspaper-fortune heiress, had essentially been brainwashed during captivity before she robbed a San Francisco bank in March 1976. President Carter commuted Hearst’s sentence in 1979.

In 1979, Orne proved that Kenneth Bianchi, the prime suspect in the killing of 10 women whose mutilated bodies were found along hillsides in northeastern Los Angeles, was pretending to have multiple personalities to avoid prosecution.

Earl F. Riley

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Retired Superior Court Judge Earl F. Riley, who presided over early civil consumer protection trials involving asbestos and the Dalkon Shield, died Sunday. He was 79.

In the case of the Dalkon Shield contraceptive device, which many users claimed caused injuries, Riley approved damages but refused to permit punitive damages against the manufacturer.

After his appointment to the bench by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, Riley supervised the Family Law Court, where divorces and custody cases are handled.

Riley had his share of palimony cases in which an unmarried partner sues another for support. He made key rulings in cases brought by Scott Thorson, live-in chauffeur, against the late entertainer Liberace, and conducted the trial of Swedish pop star Peter Holm’s case involving financial support from ex-wife Joan Collins.

A. B. Robbs Jr.

PHOENIX (AP) _ A. B. Robbs Jr., the founder of a local bank that was eventually sold to Chase Manhattan Corp., died Wednesday. He was 78.

Robbs founded a mortgage-banking house that was organized into Continental Bank in 1964. Continental grew into the state’s fifth-largest bank by 1986 when Robbs helped arrange its sale to Chase Manhattan Bank of New York.

Robbs was also a founding director of the Bank of Phoenix, which became Great Western Bank and was acquired by Citicorp.

Robbs retired from banking in 1988.

Heinrich Ungar

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) _ Heinrich Ungar, who escaped from Nazi-controlled Austria and went on to publish a Jewish weekly in Switzerland, died Feb. 9. He was 79.

Ungar started working for the paper, at the time a small Jewish periodical called Maccabi, at the end of World War II and eventually became its publisher.

He and his wife, Claire, turned the publication into a weekly newspaper focused on Israel. It now has a circulation of some 4,000-5,000, a spokeswoman said.

Ungar left his native Vienna on his 18th birthday, two months after Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938.

Ungar is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

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