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August 25, 2000

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) _ Martin Haverty Work, the most powerful layman in the Denver Catholic Archdiocese for decades, died Monday of colon cancer. He was 85.

Work came to Denver in 1970 after serving in national and international positions with the Catholic Church. The late Archbishop James V. Casey recruited Work to direct finance and administration.

Work was the first lay person ever to hold such a high position in the archdiocese and one of the first in the nation. He became a confidant of Casey, and the two often golfed together.

Before coming to Denver, Work was with the National Council of the Laity, which helped change the role of the laity in the Catholic Church.

He also was executive director of the National Council of Catholic Men, producing national radio and television shows for the church from Washington, D.C.

He was one of two Americans serving as lay auditors at the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and was honored by three popes for his work with the church.

During World War II he was deputy commanding officer of the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service in North Africa and after the war worked for the State Department to help the German government re-establish its communications system. Later he was a writer-producer at NBC and CBS.

Work retired in 1984 from his Denver job and moved to San Diego with his family.

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