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Caroline Dopyera

October 1, 1996

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Caroline Dopyera, science writer for The News & Observer, died Sunday of ovarian cancer. She was 32.

Dopyera, who left the science beat in May, was hired as the newspaper’s science writer after winning a Mass Media Science and Engineering fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1993.

Dopyera is survived by her husband, Steven K. Rice; her mother, Mary Lou Dopyera; her father and stepmother, John and Margaret Dopyera; and her sisters, Barbara Dopyera Daley, and Suzanne Dopyera Kuntz.

Wayne Fuson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Wayne Fuson, sports editor of The Indianapolis News for more than three decades and one of the driving forces behind bringing pro basketball to Indiana, died Monday at age 71.

Fuson started at The News in 1948, became associate sports editor in 1961, sports editor in 1964 and was named sports columnist last year.

His ``Time Out!″ column ran five days a week. He also campaigned to bring professional basketball to Indianapolis. His efforts paid off when the Indiana Pacers were formed in 1967.

Fuson helped found the National Golf Writers Association and the Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters of America. He was among the founders of The Associated Press Sports Editors association, and served as president of the national APSE association in 1979.

Fuson also collaborated with the Indianapolis Colts coaches for a weekly column during the NFL season.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, daughter Bonnie Smith, sons Wayne Jr., Jay and Craig and 11 grandchildren.

Ryo Yon Gu

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Ryo Yon Gu, a deputy speaker of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly, died Saturday. She was 69.

A daughter of Korean patriot Ryo Un Hyong, who fought against Japanese colonial rule in 1910-1945, she was deeply involved in the North’s policy toward rival South Korea.

Born in Seoul, Ryo defected to North Korea a few years after Korea won liberation from Japan’s colonialism in 1945. She served in various government and party posts, mostly handling inter-Korean affairs.

One of the posts she held until her death was the co-chairmanship of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front of the Reunification of the Fatherland, a government-party organ in charge of relations with the South.

Robert W. Koch

DETROIT (AP) _ Robert W. Koch, president of Koch Broadcasting Corp., died after a heart attack Sept. 26. He was 74.

Koch was hired as an account executive at WXYZ radio in the mid-1950s and eventually became general manager.

He left after buying WSDS in 1968. For nearly 30 years, WSDS was the only all-country music station in metropolitan Detroit.

Koch is survived by his son and three grandchildren.

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