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Samuel Magee Green, a noted watercolor painter and former art professor at

April 15, 1995

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Samuel Magee Green, a noted watercolor painter and former art professor at Wesleyan University, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Green joined the Wesleyan faculty in 1948, when the art department was housed in three rooms in the school’s library, and stayed until his retirement.

Born in Oconomowoc, Wis., he earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University. He also taught at Wellesley College and at Harvard.

Green’s art has been displayed at the New York World’s Fair and is included in the collections of several museums. He also wrote ``American Art: An Historical Survey,″ a 1966 textbook for art and architecture courses.

Burl Ives

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) _ Burl Ives, the balladeer and actor who played Big Daddy in ``Cat on a Hot Tin Roof″ and delighted generations of children singing ``Jimmy crack corn,″ died Friday of cancer. He was 85.

With his trademark goatee, twinkling eyes and rotund shape, Ives may be best known for his classic recordings of folk and children’s songs including ``The Blue Tail Fly,″ with the chorus, ``Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care.″

For a time, he appeared with the folksinging group the Weavers.

Ives also made his mark as an actor on stage, screen and television, winning an Oscar in 1958 for his supporting role in ``The Big Country.″

He played Big Daddy in ``Cat on a Hot Tin Roof″ on Broadway in 1955 and in the 1958 film. He also appeared in ``East of Eden,″ ``Desire Under the Elms″ and ``Our Man in Havana.″

Among his TV acting credits were the title role in the ABC situation comedy ``O.K. Crackerby,″ 1965-66, and the role of lawyer Walter Nichols on the NBC drama ``The Bold Ones,″ 1969-72.

Mary McCormack

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Mary McCormack, who was stricken with polio while pregnant and made headlines when she was removed from her iron lung to have the baby, died Monday. She was 70.

When McCormack had her daughter in 1948, just two days after Queen Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles, a San Francisco newspaper proclaimed, ``England has their prince; we have our princess.″

McCormack eventually regained enough muscle strength in her lungs to free herself of her respirator, but she could never be far from breathing assistance.

Her daughter, Christia Mary McCormack, had three children of her own.

Jack Morgan

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Jack Dale Morgan, a casino executive who helped introduce gambling to Lake Tahoe, died Tuesday. He was 83.

Morgan worked more than 43 years at Harveys Resort Hotel Casino on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. He began as a roulette and blackjack dealer and rose to executive vice president of casino operations.

R. Kenneth Mundy

WASHINGTON (AP) _ R. Kenneth Mundy, the flamboyant attorney who defended Mayor Marion Barry against cocaine and perjury charges, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 64.

With Mundy’s help, Barry escaped conviction in 1990 on the most serious charges against him and wound up serving six months in prison on a single misdemeanor cocaine possession charge.

The Washington lawyer was known for wearing flashy hats outside the courtroom and for winning over juries with his wit and flowery courtroom style.

Mundy also was part of a team of attorneys defending former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, against charges he diverted more than $600,000 of public money for his own use.

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