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Henry T. Ewald

September 25, 1996

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. (AP) _ Henry T. ``Ted″ Ewald, a former part-owner of the Detroit Pistons whose philanthropy rescued sports programs in Detroit’s financially strapped public schools, died Saturday of heart and kidney failure. He was 72.

In 1956, he reactivated the foundation his father began in 1928 to aid poor people, granting nearly 500 college scholarships to Detroit-area students.

In November 1976, his $50,000 gift allowed the financially strapped Detroit Public Schools to rescind its plan to cancel boys’ basketball, girls’ volleyball and competitive swimming.

Ewald, a lawyer with degrees from Yale University and the Detroit College of Law, worked for his uncles at a Grosse Pointe Park auto dealership he later owned, Ted Ewald Chevrolet.

He also had a part-ownership in the Pistons as well as the Detroit Cougars and Detroit Express soccer teams. Ewald also was a boxing promoter who managed heavyweights Alvin ``Blue″ Lewis and the late Sonny Banks.

Ruth Rosenfeld

ATLANTA (AP) _ Ruth Rosenfeld, wife of Cox Newspapers’ Editor in Chief Arnold Rosenfeld, died Tuesday of complications from cancer. She was 63.

Rosenfeld wrote of her battle with the disease earlier this month in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She also wrote weekly humor columns for the Dayton Jewish Chronicle and book reviews and an occasional ``Accent on Women″ column for the Dayton Daily News.

Survivors include her husband and her sons, Bill and Jon.

Joanne Winter

PHOENIX (AP) _ Joanne Winter, a pioneer in the All-American Girls’ Baseball League and the Ladies Professional Golf Association, died Sunday night. She was 72.

Winter began her career as a pitcher for the Racine (Wis.) Belles in the mid-1940s.

She later was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and served as a consultant for the hit movie ``A League of Their Own.″

As a golfer, Winter was Arizona’s first player on the LPGA Tour. She played on the women’s professional circuit from 1963-66.

Winter later coached the women’s golf program at Scottsdale Community College and founded the Arizona Silver Belle Golf Championship, which annually attracts the top young amateurs from around the country.

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