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February 1, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ Gene Bossard, a Chicago White Sox groundskeeper for 40 years who developed the knack of sculpting the infield to maximize home field advantage, died Thursday. He was 80.

The infield under Bossard’s care was once known as ``Bossard’s Swamp″ because he kept the grass wet to slow down ground balls.

He was said to have used loose dirt or tightly packed soil to slow or speed a base runner, depending on whether the White Sox had a speed advantage against a particular team.

After retiring, Bossard stayed with the Sox as a consultant to his son, Roger, who took over and still serves as the team’s head groundskeeper.

Sister Mary Annette Guzowski

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Sister Mary Annette Guzowski, a nun for 87 years and founder of Villa Maria College, died Wednesday at 104.

Guzowski, who entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1910, devoted the majority of her life to working in Catholic education.

A year after she was hired to teach at Villa Maria Academy for girls, she became the high school’s principal _ a post she held for 20 years.

In 1960, she founded Villa Maria College of Buffalo. She headed the Catholic school for seven years until she retired in 1967.

Ruth Wright Hayre

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Ruth Wright Hayre, one of the city’s pioneer educators, died Friday, about nine months having surgery to remove a brain tumor. She was 87.

Ms. Hayre dedicated 6 1/2 decades to public school education and paved the way for black teachers and administrators in Philadelphia. She become the city’s first black high school teacher, first black principal, first black woman district superintendent and first black woman school board president.

In the last year of her life, Ms. Hayre crowned her career with a co-authored book, ``Tell Them We Are Rising: A Memoir of Faith in Education.″ The title comes from a quote by her grandfather, Richard R. Wright, a former slave who attended Oxford University, Penn and Harvard and served as president of Georgia State College.

Dorothy Hirshon

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dorothy Hart Hirshon, a socialite who married into some of the media industry’s elite families before becoming a renowned philanthropist, died in an auto accident Thursday. She was 89.

Ms. Hirshon was killed near her home on Long Island.

From the 1920s to the 1940s, Ms. Hirshon was a glamorous figure on the New York social scene during her marriages to John Randolph Hearst _ son of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst _ in 1927 and to CBS founder William S. Paley in 1932.

After her divorce from Paley in 1947, she received $1.5 million, paintings, jewelry, furniture and silver. She wed stockbroker Walter Hirshon in 1953, but that marriage also ended in divorce.

Ms. Hirshon worked with the Neighborhood Children’s Center for more than two decades and was a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. She was also a board member of Lincoln Center and Phoenix House, and a trustee of Carnegie Hall and the New School for Social Research.

Don Lowry

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) _ Don Lowry, a founder of the Young American Bowling Alliance, died Thursday at home after a long illness. He was 86.

Lowry was commonly known in Kokomo as the ``Father of Youth Bowling″ for his role in creating the national membership organization, which now has more than 500,000 members.

Lowry operated three local bowling alleys and taught bowling to noted professional Don Johnson. Lowry was elected to the Indiana Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1982.

Wilbert Morey

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Wilbert C. Morey, who created an empire of pier-side amusement parks and gaudy motels in New Jersey and built water parks in Utah and California, died Jan. 22 while awaiting a lung transplant. He was 70.

Morey died of pulmonary fibrosis.

Morey, who was born and raised in Wildwood, N.J, is credited along with his brother Bill Morey for turning Wildwood, a quiet island south of Atlantic City, into a boisterous and raucous tourist attraction with a Miami Beach feel.

He was last living in Stuart, Fla. He was flown to University of Southern California Hospital two weeks before his death where he was awaiting the transplant.

Emmette S. Redford

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Emmette S. Redford, a childhood friend of Lyndon B. Johnson and a preeminent scholar on public policy and national government administration, died Friday. He was 93.

Redford spent more than 40 years in the government department at the University of Texas. He was the department’s Ashbel Smith professor for 12 years, until 1975, and taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs until his 1994 retirement.

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