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Obituaries in the News

November 4, 1998

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) _ William A. Draves, a journalist who held various editing jobs with The Reporter newspaper, died Sunday of complications of a heart ailment. He was 81.

Draves joined the paper, then known at the Fond du lac Commonwealth Reporter, as sports editor in 1946.

He became city editor of the Commonwealth Reporter in 1952 and took over in 1967 as managing editor, holding that position until retiring.

He also served as president of the Wisconsin Associated Press and on the board of directors of the national AP Managing Editors Association.

Draves is survived by his wife, Alice Thorkelson Draves; four sons, a daughter, four step-grandchildren, five grandchildren and a brother.

Joe Hilton

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ Joe Hilton, who coached two national champions as head coach of the University of North Carolina track and field team died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. He was 80.

Hilton, began coaching at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1946, he made head coach in 1963 and then retired in 1981. During that time, Hilton coached 77 individual Atlantic Coast Conference champions and five All-Americas.

He coached three-time All-America Tony Waldrop, who was the NCAA champion in the 1,000-yard run in 1973 and the mile run in 1974.

Guy O. Farley Jr.

CENTREVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Guy O. Farley Jr., a former state delegate and one of the first Virginia political leaders to embrace the agenda of the Christian right, died Sunday in a traffic accident. He was 66.

As a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1980, Farley helped write the platform that put the party on record against abortions. He lost the GOP nomination for the 7th District seat in Congress to D. French Slaughter Jr. in 1984.

A one-time assistant commonwealth’s attorney and municipal judge, Farley represented Fairfax as a Democrat in the House of Delegates for three terms in the 1960s.

Farley was a founder of the Rutherford Institute, the conservative, Charlottesville-based civil liberties organization that represented Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

He also founded a hotel management company, Guest Inc., which owned 15 motels in Virginia and other states.

Farley was twice an unsuccessful candidate for statewide office, first as a Democrat and then as a Republican. Farley lost the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 1969 to Andrew P. Miller. As a Republican, he withdrew following a third round of balloting for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor at the 1981 convention.

Sarah Korein

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sarah Korein, a real estate investor whose grandmotherly disposition belied a tough negotiator, died Thursday. She was 93.

Her property holdings were among the choicest in Manhattan, including the swanky Delmonico Hotel on Park Avenue and One Penn Plaza on Seventh Avenue, the fifth-largest office building in the city.

She also bought and sold the Beresford Apartments, on Central Park West, the former Fifth Avenue Hotel and the former Croyden Hotel, off Madison Avenue.

She also owned Lever House, the modernist landmark on Park Avenue and the old Equitable Building on lower Broadway, a structure so huge it sparked the city’s first zoning law in 1916.

Erin Tierney Kramp

DALLAS (AP) _ Erin Tierney Kramp, a venture capital investor who drew national attention with a terminal breast cancer diagnosis, died Saturday. She was 36.

After her diagnosis in 1994, Mrs. Kramp began preparing for death, writing and making videos for her young daughter. Her story was featured on ABC News’ ``20/20″ and ``The Oprah Winfrey Show.″

Mrs. Kramp held positions as partner with the Murchison Capital Partners, vice president of financial development for Columbia-HCA Healthcare Corp., and investment officer for MCorp’s MVenture Corp., the bank now known as Banc One.

After her cancer spread in 1995, she changed direction. In addition to the videos for her daughter, Mrs. Kramp selected her burial plot and made a list of things for her husband to do when she was no longer there.

The list eventually turned into a book. ``Living With the End in Mind: A Check List for Living Life to the Fullest by Embracing Your Mortality″ was published in September.

Rudolph J. Melone

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Rudolph J. Melone, a college administrator who founded the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival, died Sept. 17 from complications of cancer. He was 73.

In 1979, Melone began the summertime festival, which now draws more than 125,000 visitors every year. He got the idea for the festival after reading about a similar event in France.

Melone helped start Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., before going to Gilroy in 1975.

Sherwood Johnson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Sherwood ``Shakey″ Johnson, founder of the Shakey’s International pizza chain, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 73.

The Shakey’s chain had its beginnings in 1954 in a small storefront Johnson rented with a college buddy for $850 each. The partners added a room that sold only pies made with Johnson’s family recipe.

In 1967, Johnson sold half his interest in Shakey’s for about $4 million. There are 375 Shakey’s stores, most of which are overseas.

Jimmy Payne

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Jimmy Payne, a former University of Georgia All-SEC defensive tackle, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 38.

Payne, who played from 1978-82, was named All-Southeastern Conference in 1981 when he had 85 tackles and seven sacks.

He was one of few players at Georgia to have lettered five years. He had a season-ending injury early in the 1979 season after playing enough to earn a letter, but was granted a medical redshirt season.

Payne was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1983, but had knee problems and never played in the NFL

Lou Rymkus

HOUSTON (AP) _ Lou Rymkus, the first head coach of the NFL’s Houston Oilers who still holds the 39-year-old franchise’s best career record, died Saturday. He was 78.

Rymkus’ success didn’t protect him for long. He was fired five games into the 1961 season, a year after the Oilers debuted with a 10-4 record and won the AFL Championship. Replacement Wally Lemm led the team to its second championship, the last for the Oilers who now play in Tennessee.

Rymkus, a star offensive tackle at Notre Dame, played one NFL season with Washington before World War II, then played for the Cleveland Browns after serving as a Marine.

He played six seasons for the Browns, went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals and also coached the Packers and Rams.

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