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June 30, 1998

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Amalia Ruggieri Barone, Connecticut’s oldest resident, died Friday in her sleep at age 113.

Barone had been honored for her age by President Clinton, former President Reagan and Pope John Paul II.

Born Oct. 6, 1884, in Italy, Barone never smoked and rarely ate meat. She enjoyed lots of vegetables and pasta, along with an occasional glass of wine. She walked three miles a day to church until she turned 90.

She moved to New Haven and operated Barone’s Market, a grocery store, with her husband. Mr. Barone died in 1951.

A devoted parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church, Barone would sit in the front pew and lead the congregation in a hymn.

Marion Carl

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) _ Retired Maj. Gen. Marion Carl, a World War II ace and postwar test pilot considered the ``Chuck Yeager of the Marine Corps,″ was shot to death in a robbery at his home Sunday. Carl was 82.

Carl’s flying exploits spanned from World War II to Vietnam, in a career that included 18.5 aerial victories.

In 1942, he became the first Marine fighter ace, downing three Japanese bombers and a fighter plane over Guadalcanal. He ended his stint at Guadalcanal with 11.5 combat aircraft destroyed, according to the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

After the war, Carl became a Navy test pilot, setting a world speed record of 651 mph on Aug. 25, 1947. Chuck Yeager, the Air Force’s top test pilot, beat his record.

He returned to combat during the Vietnam War, commanding the 2nd Marine Air Wing. He retired in 1973.

Tom Cookson

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England (AP) _ Tom Cookson died Sunday just 17 days after his wife, novelist Catherine Cookson. He was 86.

Cookson, an Oxford-educated teacher of mathematics, met his wife when he rented a room in a boarding house she ran in the south England town of Hastings. They married in 1940.

The couple had four stillborn children. The sorrow partly prompted Dame Catherine to write novels, many based on working class poverty in 19th century England, that made her one of Britain’s most popular authors.

Francis Murray

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Francis Murray, an all-American in football and basketball at the University of Pennsylvania who played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, died Sunday of complications from a stroke. He was 82.

From 1934 to 1936, Murray was part of the Quakers’ famed ``Destiny Backfield″ that also featured Lew Elverson, Bill Kurlish and Eddie Warwick. He was the last surviving member of the group.

Murray played halfback but was especially known for his kicking. He averaged 67 yards per punt, including an 80-yarder, in the 1936 season.

Murray, who also was Penn’s athletic director, was inducted into Penn’s Athletic Hall of Fame last month.

Oliver E. Treyz

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Oliver E. Treyz, who transformed a floundering ABC into a viable network challenger in his tumultuous stint as president from 1956 to 1962, died June 14. He was 80.

Treyz died of kidney failure related to prostate cancer.

He joined ABC in 1948 in radio sales and was quickly promoted to manager for research and sales development. His strategy allowed several advertisers to buy commercial time for one program and revolutionized formats by starting hourlong shows at 7:30 p.m., a half-hour before competitors.

As president, he courted younger audiences ignored by other networks _ but prized by advertisers _ with prime-time westerns and action shows that included ``Adventures in Paradise,″ ``77 Sunset Strip,″ ``Surfside 6,″ ``Maverick,″ ``The Rifleman″ and ``The Untouchables.″

In 1961, Treyz’s ratings formula was questioned when ABC’s broadcast of ``Bus Stop″ and its homicidal and sexual themes prompted protest from a congressional committee. Treyz said the show was a mistake. He was removed the following year.

In the late 60s, Treyz unsuccessfully tried to start a fourth television network. He is survived by two sons and two granddaughters.

Joyce Wieland

TORONTO (AP) _ Joyce Wieland, an outspoken artist who inspired a generation of women, died Saturday of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 66.

The painter, sculptor, quilter and filmmaker was the first living female artist to be given a solo exhibition, True Patriot Love, at the National Gallery of Canada in 1971.

She exhibited her legendary quilts quoting Pierre Trudeau’s famous motto, ``Reason over Passion.″

In 1987, Wieland became the first living woman artist to have a retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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