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Ben Frommer, a character actor in films and on television, died Tuesday at

May 11, 1992

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Ben Frommer, a character actor in films and on television, died Tuesday at 78.

His film credits included ″Scarface″ in 1983 and ″The Four Deuces″ in 1975. He appeared on such TV shows as ″F Troop,″ ″The Odd Couple″ and ″Hawaii Five-O.″

Frommer later worked as a publicist for such stars as Forrest Tucker and Lee Majors. Wilbur Hobby

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Wilbur Hobby, president of the North Carolina AFL-CIO until he was charged with fraud, died Saturday at 66.

He had suffered from diabetes.

Hobby was president of the state chapter of the AFL-CIO from 1969 to 1980.

In 1981, he was sentenced to a year in prison after being convicted of misusing federal job-training funds awarded to his printing company.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a retired employee of American Tobacco Co., he ran for governor in 1972. Donald L. Ray

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald L. Ray, a technical services manager for The Associated Press, died in a car crash Saturday. He was 35.

Ray, who lived in Freeport, was a key manager in the nationwide conversion to PhotoStream, AP’s high-speed, digital photo delivery service that was recently completed. He directed installation of the computers at AP headquarters that collect and send pictures to PhotoStream.

Ray began work for the AP in 1980 as a technician in New York City. He was promoted to field engineer for electronic darkrooms in 1987.

The following year he was promoted to technical service manager.

At the time of his death he was in charge of technical support for all photo computers at AP headquarters.

″In just a few years Don Ray leaped from the technician ranks to a key role in our electronic darkroom program. We will miss those skills, but most of all we will miss his infectious enthusiasm,″ said AP President Louis D. Boccardi.

Ray is survived by his wife, Janice, and two children. John C. Schwarzwalder

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - John C. Schwarzwalder, general manager of the nation’s first public TV station, died Friday at 74.

Schwarzwalder was formerly chairman of the University of Houston’s radio- television department.

In 1953 he became station manager of KUHT, the first public TV station in the nation.

He also worked at stations in St. Paul, Minn., and Oklahoma City.

He is survived by a son, Raymond, a daughter, Joan Mason, and two grandchildren. Robert H. Storz

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Robert H. Storz, a member of a beer brewing family that turned to broadcasting, died Sunday at 93.

Son of brewery owner Gottlieb Storz, Storz joined the family business in 1933, serving as executive vice president and, later, chairman.

In 1959 he sold his interest back to the company, leaving its management to his brothers. The Storz brewery was sold in 1966 and closed in 1972.

Storz joined his son, Todd, in the 1949 purchase of Omaha radio station KOWH, which became the start of the Storz Broadcasting Co. chain.

It grew to include stations in New Orleans; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis; Miami; St. Louis; and Oklahoma City.

The last station was sold in 1985. Sylvia Syms

NEW YORK (AP) - Cabaret singer Sylvia Syms, who had a million-selling hit in 1956 with ″I Could Have Danced All Night,″ collapsed and died Sunday while performing a tribute to her friend Frank Sinatra. She was 73.

Sinatra once called her ″the world’s greatest saloon singer.″

She died while performing in the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel.

The Brooklyn-born singer was discovered by Mae West, who put her in a revival of ″Diamond Lil″ as Flo the Shoplifter. Syms began performing regularly in regional theater productions and in clubs.

She often played the part of Bloody Mary in ″South Pacific″ and had the lead in ″Hello, Dolly 3/8″ Other plays included ″Funny Girl,″ ″Flower Drum Song″ and ″Camino Real.″

″I Could Have Danced All Night,″ from ″My Fair Lady″ was her only big hit.

She took credit for giving Billie Holiday her trademark gardenia to cover a spot in her hair that had been burned with a curling iron. Willard L. Thorp

PELHAM, Mass. (AP) - Willard L. Thorp, one of the principal architects of the Marshall Plan for rebuilding postwar Europe, died Sunday at 92.

Thorp was chairman of the National Recovery Administration’s policy board during the Depression before becoming Dun & Bradstreet’s first economist.

After World War II, Thorp was the assistant secretary of state for economic affairs under President Truman. He helped draft the Marshall Plan and negotiated the final agreements between the United States and other countries.

Later he undertook missions for President Kennedy.

He had served as an alternate delegate to the U.N. General Assembly.

He taught at Amherst College starting in 1927. He retired from Amherst in 1965.

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