Jack Adkisson, patriarch of the famed Te
DALLAS (AP) _ Jack Adkisson, patriarch of the famed Texas wrestling family the Von Erichs, died Wednesday of a brain tumor. He was 68.
Adkisson went by the name Fritz Von Erich during a 35-year wrestling career.
Five of Adkisson’s sons _ Kevin, David, Kerry, Mike and Chris _ also wrestled under the Von Erich name.
Adkisson for years produced a syndicated wrestling show, World Class Championship Wrestling, that was seen in 66 U.S. television markets, Japan, Argentina and the Middle East.
Dr. Teodoro Cesarman
MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Dr. Teodoro Cesarman, a leading cardiologist and writer well-known in Mexico’s political and literary circles, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 74.
Cesarman served as chief of residents at the National Institute of Cardiology from 1952 to 1958 and adjunct physician from 1950 to 1966.
He had been a cardiologist with the prestigious American British Cowdray Hospital since 1956.
Cesarman was also known for his literary pursuits, publishing “Burn My Verses,” a collection of 71 poems written over four decades.
Mary Rose Chesterfield
CALISTOGA, Calif. (AP) _ Mary Rose Chesterfield, the editor of Appellation Magazine, was killed Monday when her car crashed into a wooden mailbox support south of Calistoga, authorities said. She was 62.
Chesterfield, a former editor of Architectural Digest and Phoenix Home and Garden magazines, took the helm as editor in chief at the 100,000-circulation Napa Valley publication in May 1996.
Her column, ``A Toast,″ appeared regularly in Appellation. The magazine, published six times a year, is owned by the Scripps publishing family.
DETROIT (AP) _ James Davey, who ran Detroit Metropolitan Airport for 17 years and managed its growth into a major air hub, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.
He was named manager of the airport in 1958, and managing director of the Wayne County Road Commission three years later. He held both posts until his retirement in 1975.
Under his management, the airport went through a massive expansion, doubling one passenger terminal, adding another passenger terminal and building a separate terminal for international and chartered service.
Abdullah ibn Hamoud al-Tariki
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Abdullah ibn Hamoud al-Tariki, Saudi Arabia’s first oil minister and a founder of OPEC, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 80.
Al-Tariki monitored Aramco pumping and payments in the eastern city of Dhahran, and criticized the Americans’ profit-sharing payments to the Saudis.
Al-Tariki was one of the founders of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in September 1960 and, three months later, became the kingdom’s first minister of petroleum. He lost that post in 1962 after disagreements with the king over the kingdom’s oil strategies and its pro-Western policies.
Al-Tariki spent his later years as an oil consultant and an activist in Arab affairs.
Burgess Meredith AP Photos
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Burgess Meredith, who played a crusty old pug in ``Rocky″ and waddled with aristocratic elan as the Penguin on TV’s ``Batman,″ died Tuesday. He was 89.
Meredith had been suffering from melanoma and Alzheimer’s disease.
``Rocky,″ in which Meredith played Sylvester Stallone’s scowling, gravelly-voiced manager, was the actor’s first smash hit in a 60-year film career filled with memorable roles: guardian of the dimwitted giant in ``Of Mice and Men,″ Ginger Rogers’ suitor in ``Tom, Dick and Harry,″ war correspondent Ernie Pyle in ``The Story of G.I. Joe,″ James Madison in ``Magnificent Doll.″
He was twice nominated for Oscars, for supporting actor in ``Day of the Locust″ in 1975 and ``Rocky″ in 1976. He didn’t win either.
During the 1960s, he was best known as Batman’s foe the Penguin, a role he played in tuxedo with top hat, cigarette holder and pince-nez.
Dr. Joseph R. Stanton
NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Dr. Joseph R. Stanton, an anti-abortion activist and retired physician and teacher, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 77.
Stanton, founder of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life, met with three presidents to offer his views, testified before congressional committees and lectured throughout the world.
He was opposed to living wills, in-vitro fertilization and giving physicians the right to assist in the deaths of the sick and disabled.
He was an instructor for many years at Tufts Medical School. He retired from medical practice in 1985.
Sen. Stanley N. Thorup
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Stanley N. Thorup, a former state senator and retired county judge, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 67.
Thorup retired in early July after 29 years as a judge. He was appointed to the Anoka County bench in 1974 and was a municipal judge from 1962-68.
He served in the Minnesota Senate from 1970-74.