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Obituaries in the News

March 31, 1998

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Willard Barr, former mayor of Fort Worth, died Sunday of a stroke. He was 90.

Barr, father of current Mayor Kenneth Barr, was elected to the City Council in 1963 and served a single term as mayor from 1965 to 1967.

Barr also published Labor News newspaper in Fort Worth. He worked as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the editor at the now-defunct Fort Worth Press.

Survivors include his wife, Christyne, three sons, and six grandchildren.

Harley Flack

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Harley Flack, president of Wright State University since 1994, died Sunday of cancer. He was 55.

Flack, who had been on a leave of absence for cancer treatment, also served as dean of Howard University in Washington D.C., from 1974 to 1987.

He was vice president of academic affairs at the State University of New York at Old Westbury and provost and executive vice president at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.

Mary Cunningham Hoard

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) _ Mary Cunningham Hoard, former board chairman of W.D. Hoard and Sons Co. publishing firm from 1972 to 1992, died Saturday. She was 95.

Hoard, an author and longtime backer of local art and history endeavors, teamed with a museum curator to write historical books ``Footsteps of Our Founding Fathers″ in 1963 and ``Koshkonong Country″ two years later.

Otto Loepfe

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ Otto Loepfe, the former chief executive of the Swiss national carrier Swissair, died Sunday. He was 62.

Loepfe joined Swissair’s technical department in 1969 and became chief executive in 1988. In 1996, he became president of the International Air Transport Association.

Loepfe retired from Swissair in 1996 and joined the engineering firm of Swiss racing car builder Peter Sauber.

Rainer Pakowicz

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Rainer Pawkowicz, who led Austria’s far-right party to its strongest showing in Viennese elections, was pronounced dead Sunday from a brain tumor, state news agency APA reported. He was 54.

Pawkowicz joined the right-wing Freedom Party in 1971 and served in numerous leadership positions, including parliament deputy for a year.

He left parliament in 1991 to head the Vienna office of the Freedom Party.

Under his leadership, the party won 27.9 percent of the vote in Viennese elections in 1996, making it the second-strongest party in the city’s parliament.

Esther Schmidt Rupp

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Esther Schmidt Rupp, wife of late University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, died Sunday. She was 95.

Rupp coached the Wildcats from 1930 to 1972 and finished his career as the winningest coach in the history of college basketball with a record of 876-190. He died in 1977.

Athelstan F. Spilhaus

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Athelstan F. Spilhaus, the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations scientific organization, a geophysicist and inventor of a device for measuring deep ocean temperatures, was pronounced dead Monday. He was 86.

Spilhaus developed the idea of using covered skyways and tunnels to connect buildings, protecting people in severe weather. That concept was put into use in Minneapolis in the 1950s, when he was dean of the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.

In 1954, President Eisenhower named him the first U.S. ambassador to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He also served in scientific posts in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Spilhaus created the U.S. science exhibit at the 1962 Seattle World Fair, which remains as the Pacific Science Center. He developed the bathythermograph to measure temperatures in the deep ocean and proposed the Sea Grant program, created in 1963.

William H. Uren

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) _ William H. Uren, who marketed a safety-enhancing robotic device that removed sheet metal stampings from presses, died Saturday of kidney failure. He was 86.

Uren worked at Troy’s Sahlin Engineering in the 1950s when he helped market the ``iron hand,″ which inserted and removed sheet metal from presses. He later became executive vice president of the company, retiring in 1967.

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