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Milton Blatt

June 18, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Milton Blatt, a high school track coach who guided future Olympic competitors, died Thursday. He was 87.

Blatt taught English at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, but he was best known as ``Uncle Miltie,″ a track coach who would help transport students who had trouble getting to meets.

In 1966, he organized a race against Boys High of Brooklyn, which resulted in a national high school track record for the 2-mile relay (7 minutes, 35.6 seconds).

Blatt also helped produce two Olympians: Vince Matthews, a 1965 graduate who captured the gold medal at 400 meters in 1972, and Julio Meade, who ran the same event for the Dominican Republic in 1968.

Martha Duffy

NEW YORK (AP) _ Martha Duffy, one of the first women to work as a senior editor at Time magazine, died of cancer Monday. She was 61.

Mrs. Duffy was a senior arts editor at Time from 1974 to 1989. From 1989 until her death, she was a senior writer specializing in culture and entertainment news. She had also been a dance critic for the magazine.

Time’s former chief editor, Henry Grunwald, described Mrs. Duffy in his memoir as ``one of Time’s outstanding cultural editors.″

In addition to her husband, James Duffy, she is survived by her sister, Anne Murphy.

Jeff Medlen

Jeff ``Squeeky″ Medlen, the wiry man with the high-pitched voice who carried Nick Price’s bag to victory in the British Open and two PGA Championships, died Monday, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 43.

Medlen began caddying on the LPGA tour in 1984 and moved to the PGA Tour in 1985. He worked for John Mahaffey for the first 1 1/2 years, caddied for Fred Couples for two seasons and also worked with Steve Jones and Jeff Sluman.

Medlen first achieved celebrity status in 1991 when Price skipped the PGA for the birth of his son Gregory, and Squeeky spent the week carrying the bag for an unknown named John Daly.

The long-hitting Daly won the tournament, relying heavily on Medlen’s knowledge of the course layout.

Medlen became a celebrity in his own right in 1994 as Price won six tournaments, including the British Open and the PGA, on the way to being selected player of the year. Price also won the 1992 PGA.

Michael O’Brien

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) _ Michael O’Brien, one of the longest-surviving heart transplant patients in the world, died of cardiac arrest Saturday, 19 years after receiving his new heart. He was 55.

Michael O’Brien, who was Wyoming’s first heart transplant patient, was 36 when he underwent surgery for a new heart at Stanford University Hospital in April 1978.

O’Brien was suffering from heart disease and was the 143rd person to receive a new heart at the hospital.

He waited in the hospital for three months before his surgery and received the heart of a 23-year-old woman.

Marvin H. Pope

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Marvin H. Pope, a retired Yale University professor and noted Bible scholar who specialized in ancient Middle East poetry and Biblical translation, died Sunday at age 81.

Pope retired from Yale in 1986 after teaching for 37 years. During his tenure at the university, Pope was a professor of Semitic languages and literature and taught at the Yale Divinity School. He held the Louis M. Rabinowitz chair in Semitic Languages.

Pope also served on the Revised Standard Version of the Bible Committee of the National Council of Churches. He won three Fulbright grants and traveled around the country lecturing.

His written work includes award-winning commentaries in the Anchor Bible series titled ``Job″ and ``Song of Songs.″

William Lester Simpson

LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) _ William Lester ``Les″ Simpson, a longtime newspaper publisher and past president of the Missouri Press Association, died Monday of congestive heart failure and kidney failure. He was 88.

Before he graduated from high school, Simpson began working for his father’s newspaper, the Rolla Times, and worked there from 1926 to 1930.

In 1944, Simpson bought the Holden Progress newspaper. The following year, he became a member of the MPA, and served as state president in 1957. Also in 1945 he became a member of the Central Missouri Press Association, and was president of that group in 1950.

Simpson was inducted into the MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1992.

A member of the board of regents at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg from 1959 to 1977, Simpson served as president of the board from 1965 to 1971. He served as vice-president from 1961 to 1965.

He was a 50-year member of the Holden Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star and member of the Ararat Shrine in Kansas City.

George Strugar

SEATTLE (AP) _ George Strugar, an All-America lineman at the University of Washington and an NFL player with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets, died of lung cancer last week. He was 63.

The Rams selected Strugar as the 20th player in the 1957 NFL draft. He played five seasons with the Rams and two with the Jets.

In three seasons at Washington the 6-5, 240-pound two-way lineman was named to several All-America teams and played in the East-West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl and the College All-Star game in Chicago.

When his pro career ended, Strugar started Pros Express trucking and Strugar Industries Warehouse in Los Angeles. He was a thoroughbred horseman and owned a horse ranch at Anza, Calif.