Freda Stowe Botkin
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Freda Stowe Botkin, who headed the Women’s International Bowling Congress from 1965-1975, died Wednesday of colon cancer. She was 85.
In 1979, Botkin organized an international women’s bowling championship in Tucson _ the largest women’s competitive sports event in the world at the time with 50,000 contestants. She is a member of the WIBC’s Hall of Fame.
Ann Nolan Clark
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Ann Nolan Clark, an award-winning writer of children’s books mostly about her Indian students, died Wednesday, the day after her 99th birthday.
In 1952, Clark won the Newberry Medal from the American Library Association for her fourth book ``Secret of the Andes,″ one of more than 40 books she wrote into her 90s.
For more than 40 years, Ann Clark taught Indian children in the United States, Central America and South America. She retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1962.
Clark wrote her first book ``In My Mother’s House,″ published in 1941, because she realized her students needed reading material with which they could identify. It won an award in the New York Herald Tribune Children’s Spring Book Festival.
The Catholic Library Association gave her the Regina Medal for children’s literature in 1963.
John D. Gray
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) _ Circuit Judge John D. Gray, who served eight terms as a delegate in the General Assembly, committed suicide Sunday, a day after he was told his lung cancer was terminal. He was 67.
Police said a relative found him at home, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Gray took a leave of absence last month after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was released from a hospital with a terminal diagnosis on Saturday.
Gray was elected to the House of Delegates in 1965, serving until 1982. He was named to the bench in 1983.
SINGAPORE (AP) _ David Marshall, a major figure in Singapore’s struggle for independence and early development, died today at age 87.
Marshall had been suffering from lung cancer, a family spokesman said.
He was elected to lead British-ruled Singapore in 1955, when his Labor Front coalition won the first election that gave the island a measure of internal self-government. He resigned the next year when constitutional talks for greater self-rule broke down. But he remained a member of Parliament, where he criticized the authoritarian tendencies of the People’s Action Party, which came to power in 1959, led the country to full independence in 1965 and continues to rule.
He stepped away from politics in 1972 and became a highly regarded criminal lawyer. In 1978, at the age of 70, he retired as a lawyer and was appointed ambassador to France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland, a post he held for 15 years, despite failing eyesight.
Robert W. Matthews III
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Robert W. Matthews III, Baltimore’s first black TV news director, died of cancer Friday. He was 75.
Matthews began his career at the Afro-American, a local newspaper, in 1948, then joined WEBB Radio in the early 1960s. He later moved to WBAL-TV and in 1966 was promoted to news director, the first black to hold the position in the city.
Matthews went on to serve as news manager and Washington bureau chief for the local NBC affiliate and as news director for Washington’s WRC-WKYS Radio.
He returned to Baltimore in 1978 to edit a supplement to the Afro-American called Dawn and was named executive editor in 1984.
Matthews is survived by his wife, Kathleen, three sons and two daughters.
Ante Miko Tripalo
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) _ Ante Miko Tripalo, who led the movement for an independent Croatia in the 1970s, died Monday. He was 69.
One of the first outspoken critics of central rule in communist Yugoslavia, he organized the independence drive known as ``Croatian Spring″ in 1971 and was subsequently stripped of his authority as head of the Communist Party in Croatia.
CHICAGO (AP) _ The Rev. Consuella York, who for more than four decades ministered to Cook County Jail inmates and urged them to switch ``from crime to Christ,″ died Monday after collapsing at age 72.
Widely known as ``Mother York,″ she claimed to be the first female Baptist minister in Chicago. She was warmly regarded by administrators and inmates alike since starting her ministry in 1952. She first arrived at the jail as a seminary student to observe the missionaries working there.
``Very audibly, the Lord spoke into my ear and said, `Suppose one of these were your son _ how would you feel?‴ she recalled.