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George W. Crane, a speech writer for President Calvin Coolidge and a syndic

July 18, 1995

HILLSBORO, Ind. (AP) _ George W. Crane, a speech writer for President Calvin Coolidge and a syndicated newspaper columnist for six decades, died Monday at age 94.

An author, child psychologist and marriage counselor, Crane credited his experience as a farm hand during his high school and college years with giving him ``horse sense,″ which fueled his quiz feature ``Test Your Horse Sense.″

Crane became a syndicated columnist in 1935 and wrote ``The Worry Clinic,″ on family and religious matters, ``Professor Fax″ and ``Case Records of a Psychologist.″

He wrote a psychology text that was adopted by more than 1,600 American and foreign colleges and universities. In addition to Coolidge, Crane was also a speech writer for U.S. Sens. John Bricker and Robert Taft.

His son Philip, an Illinois congressman since 1969, ran for president in 1980. Another son Daniel was an Illinois congressman from 1978-83.

Crane is survived by three sons, Philip, Daniel and David; a daughter, Judith Ross; 22 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

He was preceded in death by his wife, a son and a sister.

William H. Lane Jr.

AYER, Mass. (AP) _ William H. Lane Jr., an art collector once described as a ``traveling salesman for American painting,″ died of pneumonia Saturday. He was 81.

He began collecting 20th century American art in the 1950s. Many of the paintings he bought for less than $2,000 are now worth millions.

In 1990, he donated 75 pieces to Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, including paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley and Arthur G. Dove.

Lane, a Harvard graduate, was a manufacturer in the plastics industry. He served as president of Stanaloid Corp. in Leominster from 1972 until 1983.

He also flew his own plane cross-country during the 1940s. He became friends with O’Keeffe when he stopped once in New Mexico to ask directions.

Lane also made friends with photographer Ansel Adams and collected many of his works.

In 1953, he founded the William H. Lane Foundation, which sponsored shows of his collections in museums around the country.

Harry Guardino

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Harry Guardino, who co-starred with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in ``Houseboat″ and also acted in ``Dirty Harry,″ died Monday of lung cancer. He was 69.

Guardino was a tough-talking, tough-acting leading man and character actor whose career spanned films, stage and television.

His movie credits also included ``Flesh and Fury″ in 1952, ``Houseboat″ in 1958, ``Pork Chop Hill″ in 1959, ``King of Kings″ in 1961, ``Hell is for Heroes″ in 1962, ``Madigan″ in 1968, ``Lovers and Other Strangers″ in 1970 and ``Dirty Harry″ and ``Red Sky at Morning″ in 1971.

There was also ``Capone″ in 1975, ``The Enforcer″ in 1976, ``Rollercoaster″ in 1977, ``Goldengirl″ in 1979 and ``Any Which Way You Can″ in 1980.

Guardino played Hamilton Burger in CBS-TV’s ``Perry Mason″ in the 1973-74 season. He also portrayed the determined newsman Danny Taylor on CBS-TV’s ``The Reporter″ in 1964.

In 1955 he was an understudy for Ben Gazzara in ``Hatful of Rain,″ later taking over the role on the road. The result was a flood of movie offers.

May Sarton

YORK, Maine (AP) _ May Sarton, a prolific feminist poet and novelist, died Sunday of breast cancer. She was 83.

Sarton began her writing career as a poet, starting with an early group of sonnets published in Poetry magazine in 1929. From there, she branched out into novels, journals and children’s books.

She wrote about independent women and her life as a feminist. Some of her best-known writings came as she reached her mid-70s, after recovering from a first bout of breast cancer, a mild stroke and heart trouble. A journal of her 82nd year is scheduled to be published this fall.

Sarton revealed her homosexuality when her novel about a lesbian love affair, ``Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing,″ was published in 1965.

She taught at Radcliffe and Wellesley Colleges and lectured at colleges throughout the country.

Ray Wilson

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Ray Wilson, a pioneer newscaster who spent more than 35 years as the anchor and news director of San Diego’s KFMB-TV, died Saturday of complications from cancer and heart disease. He was 77.

His career at KFMB began in 1952, just three years after the station went on the air. He left the anchor chair in 1973.

Wilson, known as ``The Chief,″ retired from KFMB in 1987.

Wilson is survived by his son, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

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