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Peggy Terry Dickson, who organized the l
The Associated Press
Dec. 18, 1997
ROBY, Texas (AP) _ Peggy Terry Dickson, who organized the lottery pool that made millionaires out of 43 people in this western Texas town, died Tuesday. She was 49.
Mrs. Dickson, who won a share of the $49.7 million Texas Lottery jackpot along with 21 relatives, died a day after undergoing a second operation on a brain tumor.
Her illness was diagnosed on the day before Thanksgiving, the one-year anniversary of the lottery windfall.
Her death came one day before the first anniversary of the bus trip that the winners took to Austin to claim the first of their 20 installment payments. Each was to be paid $39,000 a year.
Mrs. Dickson worked as a bookkeeper at the family-owned Terry Gin, where she organized the lottery pool by calling relatives and inviting anyone who dropped by the cotton gin that day to buy into the pot for $10.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lillian Disney, the widow of Walt Disney and a leading patron of the arts, died Tuesday from complications following a stroke. She was 98.
The former Lillian Bounds was married to the studio chief for 41 years.
She was her husband's primary sounding board. He would run his revolutionary ideas _ from ``Snow White'' to Disneyland _ by her for approval. She often served as a counterbalance, refusing to go along with some of his more daring ideas until he had thought them through.
She was credited with rejecting the name Mortimer for a new mouse character her husband had invented and instead suggesting Mickey.
Later in her life, Mrs. Disney raised money for the much-delayed Disney Concert Hall, the future home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She began the effort with a $50 million contribution a decade ago.
But construction funding is still incomplete, and all that sits on the downtown site today is a concrete foundation and a parking structure. The 2,350-seat hall is now scheduled to open in 2001.
She met Disney after landing a job as a $15-a-week ``inker'' of film frames at the Disney studio. They were married in 1925, Walt Disney died in 1966.
After her husband's death, she helped found the California Institute of the Arts, a school that has produced many of the film industry's best animators.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) _ Ralph Fasanella, the self-taught artist whose paintings of city life were once called ``the best primitive art since Grandma Moses,'' died Tuesday. He was 83.
He was best known for depictions of ethnic neighborhoods. He was born in the Bronx to Italian immigrants, and his ``Family Supper,'' which shows a family like his at the dinner table, was purchased by the Ellis Island museum for $130,000.
Fasanella worked as a union organizer before turning to painting. His depiction of striking mill workers in Lawrence, Mass., ``The Great Strike_Lawrence 1912,'' hangs in the meeting room of the House Committee on Labor and Education in Washington.
Fasanella fought against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
Don E. Fehrenbacher
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Don E. Fehrenbacher, a Stanford University history professor who won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for his study of the Dred Scott case, died Saturday after suffering heart failure. He was 77.
An expert in 19th-century U.S. history, Fehrenbacher taught at Stanford from 1953 to 1984.
Fehrenbacher won the Pulitzer in history for his book, ``The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics.'' Fehrenbacher also completed the late Stanford Professor David M. Potter's posthumous book, ``The Impending Crisis: 1848-1861'' for which Potter won the 1977 Pulitzer.
Edna Flannery Kelly
NEW YORK (AP)_ Edna Flannery Kelly, the first woman to represent Brooklyn in Congress, died Sunday of cancer. She was 91.
First elected to the House in 1949, Mrs. Kelly, a Democrat, served in Congress for the next 19 years and became an expert in foreign affairs and social policy.
In 1949, she won a landslide victory to fill a vacant seat in the 10th Congressional District.
In Congress, Mrs. Kelly became an expert on the Soviet bloc and became head of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe. She wrote legislation that created the Peace Corps and sponsored measures to settle refugees from Russia and Eastern Europe after World War II.
When congressional districts were redrawn, Mrs. Kelly was forced to run against another popular House incumbent and lost.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Nicolette Larson, a recording artist who lifted Neil Young's pop hit ``Lotta Love'' to the top of the charts in the 1970s, died Tuesday of complications from cerebral edema. She was 45.
Cerebral edema is brain swelling caused by abnormal fluid accumulation.
Larson performed with Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and Willie Nelson. During her long musical career, she had hits including ``Rumba Girl,'' ``Fool Me Again'' and ``That's How You Know Love's Right.''
Larson also released six critically acclaimed albums during her career.
PARIS (AP) _ Francis Paudras, a jazz aficionado whose friendship with the pianist Bud Powell inspired the film ``Round Midnight,'' committed suicide on Nov. 27, French media reported. He was 62.
An advertising executive and a great collector of jazz memorabilia, Paudras met Powell in Paris in 1959 and struck up a close friendship with the expatriate U.S. musician.
The French-U.S. 1986 film ``Round Midnight,'' directed by Bernard Tavernier and starring saxophonist Dexter Gordon, depicts Paudras practically adopting Powell and enabling the then down-and-out be-bop pianist to thrive.
Paudras later wrote the jazz histories, ``La Danse des Infideles'' (``The Dance of the Infidels'') and, with Chan Parker, Charlie Parker's widow, ``To Bird with Love.''
Stephanne Barry Sutton
BOSTON (AP) _ Stephanne Barry Sutton, an author who also worked at the Arnold Aboretum, died Saturday of cancer. She was 57.
Mrs. Sutton's books included ``Charles Sprague Sargent and the Arnold Aboretum,'' published by the Harvard University Press in 1970, and ``In China's Border Provinces: the Turbulent Career of Joseph Rock, Botanist-Explorer,'' published by Hastings House in 1974.
Her novel, ``The Day the Televisions Stopped,'' was published in 1992. She also wrote histories of Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital.
She was worked briefly for the United Nations in New York before becoming an assistant to the director of the Arnold Aboretum.
Paul Andrew Stackhouse
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Paul Andrew Stackhouse, a pioneer member of the United Steelworkers of America and a prominent regional labor leader, died Wednesday. He was 90.
Stackhouse joined the Steelworkers when the union formed in 1942.
Among his best-known achievements was helping to persuade construction unions not to strike while building the Pittsburgh International Airport in the 1970s.
Stackhouse sued the USWA but lost in an effort to keep his job after turning 65, the union's mandatory retirement age.
After leaving the Steelworkers, Stackhouse became president of the Allegheny County Labor Council, the county branch of the AFL-CIO. At the same time, he worked as a full-time assistant to the president of the Service Employees International Union.