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Obituaries in the News

December 17, 2003

Frederick Coulston

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) _ Frederick Coulston, who helped develop or test treatments for malaria, hepatitis and AIDS in a decades-long career, died Monday. He was 89.

Coulston operated the nonprofit Coulston Foundation, which used chimpanzees and other primates for medical research.

Coulston spent much of his career trying to develop a vaccine for AIDS. He also helped develop hepatitis vaccines.

He directed laboratories around the country, chaired science committees and published international journals.

He told The Associated Press his finest achievement was his study of the malaria parasite.

Coulston worked in Delaware for E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., then directed two research institutes. He became director of Albany Medical College’s Institute of Experimental Pathology and Toxicology in 1963.

The use of primates by Coulston’s foundation drew fire for years from animal rights groups. Last year, Coulston turned over 288 chimpanzees and 90 monkeys from his research facility to the Florida-based Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care.


Jean Coyle

COVINA, Calif. (AP) _ Jean Coyle, a former hospital patient who survived drug injections from a respiratory therapist convicted of killing six other patients, died Sunday of respiratory distress. She was 65.

Coyle was the only patient known to have survived after getting the drugs from Efren Saldivar, who himself the ``Angel of Death″ and pleaded guilty last year to killing the patients in 1996 and 1997.

Last year, Coyle attended the court hearing at which Saldivar was sentenced to six life terms for the murders and to 15 years to life for trying to kill her by injecting a potent muscle relaxant through her intravenous tube.

Saldivar, who worked at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, was charged in January 2001 after authorities exhumed 20 bodies and found the same muscle relaxant in the remains of the six elderly victims.


George Fisher

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Political cartoonist George Fisher, who used his art to skewer Arkansas political figures for decades but kept their respect and friendship, died Monday. He was 80.

Fisher’s signature cartoon was the outline of the profile of Gov. Orval Faubus within the branches of a farkleberry tree, which he penned after Faubus claimed to have stopped state highway workers from cutting down a giant farkleberry in northern Arkansas.

Bill Clinton, the nation’s youngest governor at age 32 when he took office in 1979, before being elected president, was portrayed in several Fisher cartoons as a boy riding a tricycle and other conveyances.

``He was the best cartoonist I ever saw,″ Clinton said in an e-mail message. ``He took me from a baby carriage to a tricycle to a bicycle to a pickup truck. It was a wonderful ride.″

Fisher got his start at the weekly West Memphis News in the late 1940s, then began drawing for the North Little Rock Times when he moved to central Arkansas and opened a commercial-art agency.

In 1976, Fisher went to work as a full-time political cartoonist at the Arkansas Gazette.

Fisher served in World War II with an Army infantry unit that fought in the Battle of the Bulge.


Wallace Kuralt

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Wallace Kuralt, brother of the late CBS newsman Charles Kuralt and a former independent bookstore owner who waged a legal battle against national book chains, died Saturday of skin cancer. He was 64.

Kuralt, who owned the Intimate Bookshop in Chapel Hill for more than three decades, filed a federal lawsuit in 1998 seeking $38 million in damages from Barnes & Noble and Borders Books. He accused the national booksellers of cutting deals with publishers that unfairly created discounts unavailable to the Intimate and other small operations.

Kuralt blamed the unfair competition for undermining his business, which at one point had grown into a nine-store chain in North Carolina and Atlanta.

A federal judge ruled in favor of the national booksellers in September. Kuralt’s attorneys filed notice that an appeal was planned.

Kuralt’s business was plagued by financial and other problems. He was forced to close store after store until the last Intimate shut its doors in Chapel Hill in March 1999.


Keith Magnuson

CHICAGO (AP) _ Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and coach Keith Magnuson was killed Monday in an auto accident in suburban Toronto. He was 56.

Magnuson was riding in a car with former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rob Ramage, Blackhawks spokesman Jim DeMaria said.

Magnuson, a member of the Blackhawks’ 75th anniversary all-star team selected in 2001, played for Chicago from 1969-80. He had 14 goals, 125 assists and 1,442 penalty minutes in 589 NHL games. In 68 playoff games, he had three goals, nine assists and 164 penalty minutes.

He coached the Blackhawks from 1980-82 and had a record of 49-57-26.

He was extremely aggressive, a player who fought frequently and didn’t win very often.

To compensate for that, he took boxing lessons and would work himself into a pique before the start of each game. He became a team leader, who adopted coach Billy Reay’s defensive mantra of ``None Against.″ That meant that Magnuson would strive at all costs to keep the puck out of his own net.


John Mulheren

NEW YORK (AP) _ John Mulheren, a charismatic trader who headed a major New York Stock Exchange specialist firm, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 54.

Mulheren was one of Wall Street’s most colorful figures. A tough-minded businessman, he was widely regarded as one of the savviest traders ever.

In his late 20s, he became one of the youngest people ever promoted to managing director at Merrill Lynch & Co. Later, he ran several firms of his own, including Buffalo Partners and Bear Wagner.

The nadir of Mulheren’s career came in 1988, when he was forced by the government’s insider-trading investigation to dissolve Jamie Securities, once one of Wall Street’s most powerful trading firms.

In 1989, a federal grand jury indicted Mulheren for allegedly engaging in illegal stock trades with convicted former trader Ivan Boesky. In 1990, a federal jury convicted Mulheren of manipulating Gulf & Western stock at Boesky’s behest. In 1991, a federal appeals court reversed the conviction.


Gary Stewart

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) _ Singer and guitarist Gary Stewart, who had a No. 1 country hit in 1975 with ``She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles),″ died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 58.

Stewart’s body was found in his home Tuesday, authorities said.

A native of Letcher County, Ky., Stewart was a compelling songwriter and performer of guitar-driven, honky tonk country. His last album, ``Live at Billy Bob’s Texas,″ was released this year.

Besides the 1975 chart-topper, his hits included ``Drinkin’ Thing″ and ``Out of Hand.″

He worked with Southern rock greats Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman of ``The Allman Brothers Band″ on the 1980 album ``Cactus and a Rose.″

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