Jorge Castaneda, Mexico’s foreign secret
MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Jorge Castaneda, Mexico’s foreign secretary during the turbulent early 1980s, died Thursday. He was 76.
Castaneda was foreign minister from 1979 to 1982, a period of war and political crisis in Central America, a neighboring region of strategic importance to Mexico.
A career diplomat, he served as ambassador to France from 1982 to 1987 and to Egypt from 1962 to 1965.
He also represented Mexico before U.N. organizations and was the author of numerous books and papers on national and international law.
NEW YORK (AP)_ Tamara Geva, a Russian-born dancer and actress who was the first wife of choreographer George Balanchine, died Tuesday. She was 91.
As a performer with Balieff’s ``Chauve-Souris″ touring revue featuring Russian emigres, Geva introduced Balanchine’s choreography to New York in 1927 by dancing two of his solos.
She wed Balanchine in 1923 and the couple left the Soviet Union the following year with the Soviet State Dancers. By the time Geva joined Balieff’s revue, she and Balanchine had separated.
In 1935, she danced with the American Ballet, Balanchine’s first New York company. Then she turned to films and theater.
Geva performed in several Broadway musicals. In London, she starred in 1938 with Raymond Massey in the stage premiere of Robert E. Sherwood’s antiwar play, ``Idiot’s Delight.″ She also appeared in a New York revival of George Bernard Shaw’s ``Misalliance″ in 1953.
Geva’s film roles included ``Their Big Moment″ (1934) and ``Orchestra Wives″ (1942). She also choreographed the Ben Hecht film ``Specter of the Rose,″ in 1946.
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Ted Matthews, the last survivor of the original landing at Gallipoli, the site of a World War I battle that helped define Australia’s national character, died Tuesday. He was 101.
Matthews was among the first 16,000 servicemen who landed before dawn on April 25, 1915, on a strip of beach at Gallipoli with orders to advance on Turkish positions in hills above.
For eight months, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, commanded by British officers, were slaughtered in a futile battle up muddy cliffs against entrenched Turkish machine gun positions.
More than 80 years later, 11,410 Anzac tombstones overlook the waters of the Aegean Sea and the beach has been renamed Anzac cove.
A handful of Gallipoli survivors are still alive. Matthews was the last of those to land on the first day.
Allan Winner Muchmore
PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) _ Allan Winner Muchmore, editor and publisher of The Ponca City News and owner of radio station WBBZ, died Thursday. He was 82.
Along with his father, Clyde, and his brother, Gareth, Muchmore helped establish the Ponca City Publishing Co. in 1951.
Allan Muchmore and his brother were partners in the business after the death of their father. Allan Muchmore became editor and publisher in 1983 following the death of his brother.
Muchmore was president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1969. His father had also held the post. Tom Muchmore, his son, is the current OPA president.
He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1981.
He is survived by three sons, Clyde A. Muchmore and John S. Muchmore, and Thomas C. Muchmore.
James H. Newman
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ James H. ``Foots″ Newman, who served as interim president of the University of Alabama after a year of unrest over the enrollment of its first black student, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Newman was named to the post in 1957 after a year of riots and protests that following Autherine Lucy’s short-lived attempt to desegregate the university. She was expelled following turmoil on campus. The university didn’t integrate until 1963.
In 1958, he was named UA executive vice president at Alabama.
Newman retired in 1993 as vice-president for academic affairs at Samford University.
Chauncey J. Medberry III
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Chauncey J. Medberry III, the former chairman of the board at Bank of America and its parent company, BankAmerica Corp., died Tuesday. He was 80.
Medberry began his career in 1937 as a teller in Beverly Hills and worked his way up through positions in corporate finance, trusts and loans before being named chairman of the bank and its parent company, BankAmerica Corp., in 1971. He retired in 1981.
Medberry also was a senior trustee at the California Institute of Technology, an overseer of the Huntington Library and trustee of Good Samaritan Hospital.
Medberry’s career with the bank was interrupted during World War II, when he served in the Navy as a lieutenant. Medberry participated in the Normandy invasion and later served in the western Pacific.
Edwin W. Rawlings
SEATTLE (AP) _ Retired Air Force Gen. Edwin W. Rawlings, who brought the first computer to the Department of Defense and later became chairman of General Mills, died Monday. He was 93.
In 1946, with the rank of brigadier general, Rawlings was assigned to Air Force headquarters in Washington to help organize the office of Air Force comptroller.
As the first to fill that position, he brought in a UNIVAC, the first computer for the Air Force and Defense Department.
He became a full general in 1954 and left the military in 1959.
He joined General Mills as financial vice president, becoming executive vice president for operations and finance in 1961, president in 1961 and chairman in 1967.