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Lee Edward Dickey

January 5, 1996

HELENA, Mont. (AP) _ Lee Edward Dickey, a civilian who survived 45 months in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Dickey was a member of a civilian construction crew working on Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean to build a submarine base and air strip for the Navy.

The island was bombed by the Japanese five hours after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and Dickey’s survey crew was taken prisoner along with the American military forces.

Dickey later worked as a surveyor for the Montana Water Conservation Board and served on the state liquor board.

Mary Jane Hoiles Hardie

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) _ Mary Jane Hoiles Hardie, daughter of the founder of Freedom Communications, Inc., and wife of the chairman of the board, died Wednesday after a lengthy illness. She was 72.

A long-time member of Freedom’s board of directors, she was the wife of board Chairman Robert C. Hardie, publisher of the Appeal-Democrat, and the daughter of Freedom Communications founder R.C. Hoiles.

Freedom owns 26 daily newspapers, including The Register of Orange County and the Appeal-Democrat, six television stations and three monthly magazines.

Mrs. Hardie is survived by her husband, four children and 10 grandchildren.

Frederick King

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dr. Frederick H. King, a leading cardiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital for 57 years, died Friday. He was 90.

King joined Mount Sinai in 1931. In 1948, he established the hospital’s catheterization unit. He retired in 1988.

Usim Odim

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Dr. Usim Odim, a Nigerian-born physician who helped save civilian victims of the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s, died Dec. 25 of prostate cancer. He was 72.

Odim, the son of a tribal chief in rural Nigeria, helped the Biafran cause and almost singlehandedly managed a hospital during the war, which raged from May 1967 to 1970.

After the secession was crushed, Odim returned to the United States where he trained in psychiatry at Norwich State Hospital in Connecticut.

He later worked as director of a drug treatment program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and as director of psychiatry at Warren State Hospital.

Joseph G. Rufus

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Joseph G. Rufus, who spent 42 years at Benedictine High School as a coach and athletic director, died Wednesday of kidney failure. He was 77.

His players included Chuck Noll, a 1949 Benedictine graduate who caoched the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles.

Connie Ryan

METAIRIE, La. (AP) _ Connie Ryan, a second baseman for 12 years with the Boston Braves and four other baseball teams, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 75.

Ryan made the 1944 National League All-Star team and was a member of the Braves’ 1948 World Series team. He later coached the Milwaukee Braves in the 1957 World Series.

Ryan also played for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox.

Leon Schwab

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Leon Schwab, founder of the famed Sunset Boulevard pharmacy where legend had it that Lana Turner was discovered while sipping a soda, died Thursday after surgery for a broken hip. He was 85.

Schwab and his three brothers owned seven drug stores, including one in Hollywod that was a meeting place for Hollywood stars from the 1930s through the ’50s.

It was there that Charlie Chaplin would step behind the counter to make his own sodas, and Marilyn Monroe and Ronald Reagan would stop in regularly.

Schwab said Gloria Swanson, star of the movie ``Sunset Boulevard,″ bought her makeup from him, and the movie featured scenes at Schwab’s lunch counter.

The legend of Turner being discovered in 1933 while still in high school was later debunked as myth. Schwab’s closed in 1983 after 52 years.

Arthur Spear

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Arthur S. Spear, former president and chairman of Mattel Inc., died Sunday after a series of strokes. He was 75.

Under Spear’s leadership, the Barbie doll maker increased net sales from $281 million in 1973, when he was named president, to $1 billion in 1986, when he retired as chairman.

An executive with Revlon Inc., Spear joined the company in 1964 as director of distribution. He restored the company to profitability after its founders were forced out in a 1975 scandal over false financial statements.

Ramon Vinay

PUEBLA, Mexico (AP) _ Ramon Vinay, a Chilean tenor who gained international fame for his interpretation of Verdi’s opera ``Otello,″ died Thursday. He was 84.

Vinay also won praise for his interpretation of Wagner’s operas, although he admitted never having truly learned German.

George Wimberly

HONOLULU (AP) _ George ``Pete″ Wimberly, an architect who helped design several of Hawaii’s resort hotels, died Saturday. He was 80.

Wimberly was a founding partner and president of Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo, which designed the Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Maui and Coco Palms on Kauai.

Other designs that bear Wimberly’s stamp are the Hyatt Regency in Honolulu, the Sheraton Molokai Hotel and the Maui Land and Pineapple Co. headquarters. Wimberly was known for his attention to climate and culture in his designs.

Clare Wofford

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Clare Wofford, who was married to former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford and worked as a State Department analyst, fund-raiser and social worker, died Thursday of leukemia. She was 69.

Mrs. Wofford lived in Bryn Mawr with her husband, a U.S. senator from 1991 until his defeat by Republican Rick Santorum in 1994.

Following a year in India with her husband in 1949 and the publication of their book, ``India Afire,″ Mrs. Wofford worked in the State Department as a political analyst for south Asia.

She also was a social worker in New York City and a fund-raiser for the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College, where her husband was president.

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