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Robert Alex Anderson, composer of beloved island songs “Lovely Hula Hands

May 31, 1995

HONOLULU (AP) _ Robert Alex Anderson, composer of beloved island songs ``Lovely Hula Hands,″ ``Mele Kalikimaka″ and ``Haole Hula,″ died Tuesday at his Diamond Head home. He was 100.

Anderson, who would have turned 101 next week, composed more than 125 songs, specializing in English-language tunes known as ``hapa-haole″ songs that showcased the islands as a romantic paradise.

Anderson also was president and board chairman for 40 years with Von Hamm-Young Co., which imported appliances and electronics to the islands.

Phil L. Burleson

DALLAS (AP) _ Phil L. Burleson, an attorney who teamed with noted lawyer Melvin Belli to defend Jack Ruby and who worked with Richard ``Racehorse″ Haynes in four trials involving T. Cullen Davis, died Monday of heart failure. He was 61.

Burleson and Belli were unsuccessful in their case for Ruby, who was convicted and sentenced to death for gunning down Oswald on Nov. 24, 1963, two days after Oswald was arrested in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ruby died of cancer while awaiting a new trial.

Burleson worked with Haynes in four trials involving the Fort Worth millionaire oil Davis. He was found not guilty of capital murder in a trial in Amarillo, and was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit capital murder in a trial in Fort Worth.

Burleson was president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1977 and director of the State Bar of Texas from 1978 to 1981. In 1994, the Dallas Bar Association gave him its Outstanding Trial Lawyer award.

Severn Darden

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ Severn Darden, who portrayed a doctor in ``Planet of the Apes″ and a Russian spy in ``The President’s Analyst,″ died Friday of heart failure. He was 65.

Darden was a founding member of the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago. He was known for his portrayals of a know-it-all German professor.

He spent three seasons at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn., and appeared in a number of stage, film and television productions.

His other films included ``The Hired Hand,″ ``They Shoot Horses Don’t They,″ ``The Last Movie,″ ``Luv,″ Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round″ and ``A New Face in Hell.″

Harry Fender

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Clarence ``Harry″ Fender, a Broadway entertainer who became a well-known St. Louis radio and television star, died Monday at 98.

Fender left Broadway at the peak of his career in 1930 to travel, eventually settling in St. Louis, where he broke into radio in 1945.

He was host of a live entertainment and talk show on KMOX radio from 1954 to 1975 and the star of ``Captain 11,″ a popular afternoon children’s show on KPLR-TV in the ’60s.

J.D. Fitz

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) _ J.D. Fitz, publisher emeritus of The News Herald and president of the North Carolina Press Association, died Monday. He was 79.

Fitz began his career in the backshop of the Reidsville Review at age 12. He later worked at the Greensboro Daily News, the Shelby Daily Star, the Northwestern Press in North Wilkesboro, the Daily Independent in Kannapolis and the Cleveland Times.

Fitz joined The News Herald in 1945 as advertising manager and became publisher in 1960, holding that post until 1981.

He was elected president of the N.C. Press Association in 1971 and was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1986.

Paul J. Kramer

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Paul J. Kramer, a Duke University professor emeritus of botany, died May 24 of heart failure after a long illness. He was 91.

He was considered a pioneer in the study of how plants absorb water. His ``Plant and Water Soil Relationships,″ published in 1949, remained a standard textbook for decades.

Kramer joined Duke in 1931 as a botany instructor and was instrumental in persuading the federal government to build a national facility at Duke for growing plants under precise environmental conditions.

He received honorary degrees from the University of North Carolina, Miami University, Ohio State University and the Sorbonne in Paris.

James Michael Murphy

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) _ James Michael Murphy, lead singer of the band Zachariah and author of a song recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus, died of smoke inhalation in a fire at his house Monday. He was 42.

Firefighters arrived at Murphy’s home late Monday and found him dead on the kitchen floor. Authorities said a burning cigarette caused a couch in the living room to catch fire.

Zachariah scored a regional hit in the early 1970s with the song, ``Appalachian Lady.″

Cyrus recorded one of Murphy’s songs, ``I Never Ever Thought that I Would Fall in Love with You,″ on his smash debut album, ``Some Gave All.″

Wayne B. Owen

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) _ Wayne B. Owen, who never missed a day of work in 45 years as a reporter and editor at the Leader Times, died Saturday. He was 83.

When he retired from Kittanning’s daily newspaper in 1977, he said in an interview, ``I don’t think newsmen make good copy.″

He began his career at the paper as a reporter in 1932 and was named managing editor in 1937.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Mark H. Owen of Townsend, Tenn., Stephen B. Owen of Templeton, and James H. Owen of Kittanning; two grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. W.L. Cox of New Castle.

Archibald Russell

LONDON (AP) _ Sir Archibald Russell, who played a leading role in developing the Concorde supersonic jetliner, died Monday of pneumonia. He was 90.

He was joint chairman of the Concorde Board of Directors from 1965 to 1969, responsible for the British half of the Anglo-French design team that produced the first Concorde prototype in 1969.

Russell joined the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1926, helping to develop the Blenheim bomber and other British planes during World War II. The company later became part of British Aircraft Corp.

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