Obituaries in the News
Obituaries in the News
Feb. 25, 2003
SEATTLE (AP) _ Sam Anthony Angeloff, a former newspaper reporter and Life magazine editor who helped launch People and US Magazine, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease. He was 63.
Angeloff grew up in Tacoma and was editor of the University of Washington Daily when his father, Sam Angeloff Sr., a Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter, died at his typewriter in the newsroom of the morning newspaper at age 51 in 1962.
The son went to work as a reporter at the P-I for a brief period in 1964 and returned in 1975 as assistant managing editor for magazines.
Angeloff worked in Life bureaus in Washington, D.C., New York and Vietnam as a national and foreign correspondent and associate editor from 1964 until the magazine ceased weekly publication in 1972.
He was the founding senior editor of People in 1974 and editor in chief of US Magazine at that magazine's outset in 1978.
He also worked as a writer and editor for People, Parade and US magazines and during his career covered the major stories of the day _ Vietnam, the peace movement, the civil rights movement and presidential campaigns.
Angeloff later became a vice president for Longview Publishing when the company published the Eastside Journal American in Bellevue and the Longview Daily News.
At the Longview paper, he helped the staff win a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, and oversaw publication of a national best-selling book, ``Volcano.''
In his later years, Angeloff wrote speeches, scripts, brochures and position papers for local companies, including The Boeing Co. and Immunex.
Survivors include his wife, Suky Hutton, a daughter, Kallista, and a son, Drew, and a sister, Susan Farley.
Edwin Chambers Dodson
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Edwin ``Eddie'' Chambers Dodson, a Hollywood shopowner who became one of the most prolific individual bank robbers of the last century, died Friday from liver failure related to Hepatitis C and cancer. He was 54.
For a decade, Dodson hobnobbed with Hollywood celebrities, models and designers in his trendy art and furniture shop on famous Melrose Avenue. But in 1983 he started robbing banks to support a cocaine and heroin addiction.
Retired FBI agent William Rehder said Dodson robbed more banks than any other individual _ 64 during one crime spree between July 1983 and February 1984 and another eight during a second crime spree in 1999. The first spree netted more than $250,000. He averaged about $8,500 a robbery during the second.
Rehder said the Shelby, N.C., native also set a record by robbing six banks on a single day _ Nov. 29, 1983.
Dodson mostly robbed banks in affluent areas, used only an unloaded starter pistol to commit most of his crimes, and was known for his soft-spoken, courteous and friendly manner when holding up bank tellers.
Dodson pleaded guilty to both robbery sprees, serving a total of about 13 years. He was last released in October.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ Howie Epstein, a former bass player for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died Sunday of what authorities suspect was a drug overdose. He was 47.
Investigators were told Epstein had been using heroin, said Maj. Ron Madrid of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department.
Epstein has been a respected musician and producer for more than 20 years. In addition to his work with Petty, he played on some of Bob Dylan's albums in the 1980s and produced a Grammy-award winning album for folk singer-songwriter John Prine called ``The Missing Years.''
He was singer Carlene Carter's longtime boyfriend, producing two of her albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy. She said they had split last year but she was ``devastated'' by the news.
Epstein teamed up with Petty in 1982 and also worked with Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, John Hiatt, Stevie Nicks and Eric Anderson.
Louis LaRusso II
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) _ Louis LaRusso II, a prolific playwright whose characters often relived the tribulations of the working people among whom he lived, died Saturday. He was 67 and had battled bladder cancer.
LaRusso began his literary career at age 5, when a poem he gave to his kindergarten teacher as a Christmas gift was published in a local newspaper. He went on to write dozens of plays, including ``Lamppost Reunion,'' which won Tony and Drama Desk nominations for best play in 1976.
The play, which told of past friends spending the night drinking with a famous singer after a performance at Madison Square Garden, was among several works by LaRusso that were produced on Broadway. Others were ``Wheelbarrow Closers'' and ``Knockout,'' while his off-Broadway works included ``Marlon Brando Sat Right Here'' and ``Sweatshop.''
LaRusso also worked on the books of several Broadway musicals and in the movies. He helped rewrite ``Saturday Night Fever'' in 1977 and received several big-screen credits including ``Beyond the Reef,'' ``Hell Hunters'' and ``The Closer,'' which was based on his own play.
Claude C. Martin
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Former FBI special agent Claude C. Martin, who helped to identify Charles Harrelson as the sniper who assassinated U.S. District Judge John Wood in 1979, died Sunday. Martin was 60.
Martin began his career with the FBI as special agent in 1966. Nine years later, he was transferred to San Antonio, where he worked as an FBI liaison to the Drug Enforcement Administration and an FBI police instructor.
As a special agent, he worked on the bribery investigation involving former U.S. Rep. Albert Bustamante and the murder investigation of 11-year-old Heidi Seeman.
In the Wood slaying, Martin helped to identify Harrelson, the father of actor Woody Harrelson, as the triggerman. Harrelson now is serving two life terms for the crime.
Martin received many awards and commendations letters from state, local and federal agencies for his assistance in numerous investigations. After retiring from the FBI in 1999 after 33 years' service, he worked as a private investigator until his death.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) _ John McMorran, the oldest living American man, died Monday from heart failure. He was 113.
John McMorran, of Lakeland, considered coffee his elixir and quit cigars at age 97. He was born June 19, 1889, in a log cabin in Michigan. He was the fourth-oldest person in the world.
He briefly held the title of the nation's oldest person, but researchers confirmed Mary Christian of San Pablo, Calif., was born June 12, 1889, according to the California-based Gerontology Research Group, a nonprofit collection of volunteer demographers.
The oldest person in the world is 115-year-old Kamato Hongo of Japan. She was born Sept. 16, 1887, according to the research group.
Amy Bess Miller
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Amy Bess Miller, who oversaw the restoration of Hancock Shaker Village into an acclaimed museum, died Sunday. She was 90.
Miller, the widow of former Berkshire Eagle editor and publisher Lawrence K. ``Pete'' Miller, founded the museum when the Shaker settlement dissolved in 1960. It houses one of the nation's largest collections of Shaker artifacts and is one of the few American museums which preserves a historic community at its original site.
She is survived by a sister, a daughter and three sons. Her husband died in 1991.
Two of her sons, Michael and Mark Miller, were respectively publisher and editor of The Eagle until financial difficulties forced its sale to Denver-based MediaNews Group in 1995.