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Obituaries in the News

August 31, 2004

Dr. Donald B. Effler

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Dr. Donald B. Effler, considered a pioneer in heart surgery and organ transplantation, has died. He was 89.

Effler died Aug. 24 at a nursing home in Jamesville, N.Y.

He chaired the Cleveland Clinic’s thoracic and cardiovascular surgery department from 1949 to 1975, and then left to establish the open-heart program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. He retired in 1985.

In 1956, he became one of the first surgeons in the world to stop a human heart long enough to perform surgery. He was the senior surgeon on a multiple transplant operation in 1968, in which the heart and kidneys of an accident victim were transplanted into three recipients.

In the early 1970s, Effler set up the Philippine Heart Center for Asia in Manila and operated on King Khaled, then the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

The New York City native graduated from the University of Michigan in 1937 and earned a medical degree from the UM Medical School in 1941. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.


Karen Kennedy

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ Karen Kennedy, a wheelchair-bound protester arrested for refusing to leave the state judicial building during a Ten Commandments monument rally, has died. She was 67.

She died at home Saturday, after battling cancer since 1971.

Kennedy and her husband, Walter Wayne Kennedy, were among 22 protesters on Aug. 22, 2003, who locked arms around the monument that former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore had placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. They refused to leave and were arrested.

The couple were convicted of criminal trespassing in September, but they appealed to circuit court.

While Walter Wayne Kennedy was found guilty and paid $425 in fines and court costs, she sought a jury trial but never got one. He said his wife had planned to appeal her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.


John Wolin

MIAMI (AP) _ John Wolin, a reporter and editor at The Miami Herald for 21 years who inspired readers by chronicling his experiences as an anchondroplastic dwarf, has died. He was 57.

He died in his sleep on Monday at a Texas hospital where he had undergone surgeries for a serious curving of his spine, said his wife, Glenda Wolin.

Wolin stood 4-foot-7 and lost the use of both legs while working at the Herald. He eventually used an electric scooter to get around the newsroom.

He wrote about his degenerative condition in 1991 as he prepared for a spinal-cord operation to preserve the use of his arms.

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