Kathy Keeton Guccione, who founded Penth
NEW YORK (AP) _ Kathy Keeton Guccione, who founded Penthouse magazine in the United States along with her husband and later helped found Omni magazine, died Friday of complications from surgery to remove an obstruction in her digestive tract. She was 58.
Ms. Keeton was president and chief operating officer of General Media Communications Inc., which publishes several magazines and runs other media operations on the Internet.
Raised in South Africa and trained as a ballet dancer, she became one of Europe’s highest-played strippers. She met Bob Guccione in London when she was in her 20s and soon began selling advertising for General Media as one of the company’s first employees.
In 1969, the couple brought Penthouse to the United States. Ms. Keeton co-founded the science magazine Omni in 1979 and the health magazine Longevity in 1989. She also wrote two books, ``Longevity: The Science of Staying Young,″ published in 1992, and 1985′s ``Woman of Tomorrow.″
She fought publicly to win trial tests for the cancer drug hydrazine sulfate, which she believed had extended her life. She first read about the drug in one of her own publications.
In addition to her husband, Ms. Keeton is survived by five stepchildren, a brother, an uncle and three cousins.
CHICAGO (AP) _ Abe Gibron, a former Chicago Bears head coach, died Tuesday, a day after his 72nd birthday.
He became head coach in 1972 after seven seasons as an assistant, inheriting a bad team that continued to struggle through his three seasons in the job.
His Bears won only 11 games and lost 30.
He entered the pro ranks as a guard out of Purdue in 1949, joining Buffalo of the old All-American Football Conference. That was followed by a seven-year stint with the Cleveland Browns, during which he played in six NFL championship games.
He joined the Bears in 1958 after a season in Philadelphia and played for two more seasons before retiring as a player.
He was an assistant coach with the Washington Redskins for four years before joining the Bears coaching staff in 1965.
John H. Howe
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Architect John H. Howe, who penned the drawings for many famous Frank Lloyd Wright buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum, died Sunday. He was 84.
Howe was only 19 and fresh out of high school in Evanston, Ill., when he became an original member of Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship, a band of apprentices formed in 1932. He became Wright’s chief draftsman.
After Wright’s death in 1959, Howe worked for Taliesin Associated Architects for several years, then left the fellowship to strike out on his own.
He opened an office in Burnsville, a Minneapolis suburb, in 1967 and in the next 25 years designed more than 100 buildings _ mostly houses _ throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
A conscientious objector, he served time in Sandstone federal prison in Minnesota for refusing to be drafted into the armed forces, but he managed to keep drawing for Wright, even while in solitary confinement.
TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) _ Cecilia McCue, an award-winning journalist who worked for 27 years for the Valley Daily News and its successor, the Valley News Dispatch, died Monday. She was 82.
McCue won statewide awards for her writing in 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965. Her career included stints as feature writer and religion-page editor.
She worked for the papers from 1948 until her retirement in 1975.
Survivors include her son. J. Benton McCue, two daughters, Janet McCue and Suzanne Croissant, five grandchildren, three sisters and three brothers.
William W. Pierce III
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) _ William W. Pierce III, who announced Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts for nearly four decades, died Sunday of diabetes. He was 77.
An announcer for WGBH radio and television, he announced the concerts from 1952 until he retired in 1991.
In addition to concerts at Symphony Hall, Pierce announced summer concerts from the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood.
He announced more than 3,000 broadcasts of the symphony orchestra, arriving two hours early to prepare for each one.
A dyslexic, he tutored children with the same affliction at Massachusetts General Hospital’s children’s clinic.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Mason Rankin, who led efforts to supply thousands of knitted afghans, sweaters and scarves to AIDS patients at Christmastime, died Sunday. He was 56.
Rankin had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, for about 15 years.
Rankin’s nonprofit organization Kindly Gifts had volunteers knit Christmas presents in his small condominium.
In 1996, his 135-member volunteer knitting corps produced 200 afghans, 100 sweaters and hundreds more scarves, slippers, hats and cotton dishcloths.
He was an active member of the Utah Republican Party and the People With AIDS Coalition.
William L. Rowe
NEW YORK (AP) _ William L. Rowe, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and the city’s first black deputy police commissioner, died Thursday from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82.
Rowe got his first newspaper job as a young man, and eventually became a syndicated columnist for more than 200 newspapers aimed at black audiences, including The Amsterdam News in New York City and The Pittsburgh Courier.
He later worked as a public relations agent for clients such as Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sammy Davis Jr., and also did corporate marketing for companies including Burlington Industries and General Foods.
In August 1951, Mayor Vincent Impelliteri made Rowe deputy police commissioner in charge of police-community relations.
Rowe’s appointment initially had been criticized by some black newspapers, one of which suggested that he was a showy media man who wasn’t qualified for the job.
He introduced a number of innovations during his two and a half years at the department, including classes on human relations at the Police Academy. He also recommended the creation of a civilian complaint review board and served as one of its three original members when it was established.
He is survived by his wife and a cousin.
HONOLULU (AP) _ Labor leader Arthur Rutledge, who led two locals and founded programs to help union members, died Monday. He was 90.
Rutledge headed the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 5 and the Hawaii Teamsters Union Local 996.
Rutledge established Unity House to support union members in 1951. It provides scholarships, housing assistance, legal services and other programs for 20,000 union members and retirees.
Rutledge became the chief officer of Local 5 in 1939 and held the post for 39 years. He later took over a union of various dairy, transit and trucking workers, which he consolidated into Hawaii Teamsters Union Local 996.
TOKYO (AP) _ Shoichi Yokoi, a former Japanese soldier who hid in the jungles of Guam for 27 years without knowing World War II had ended, died Monday. He was 82.
The former imperial army sergeant, honoring a pledge never to surrender, fled into the jungle when American troops recaptured the Pacific island in July 1944.
He lived in a tunnel-like cave he dug in the undergrowth and survived on a diet of coconuts, papaya, shrimps, frogs and rats. He wove his own clothes from strips of tree bark and kept track of time by marking the cycles of the moon.
Yokoi was found in January 1972 by two hunters while he was fishing along the Talofofo River.
Yokoi later said he had seen reports of Japan’s surrender in leaflets and newspapers scattered about the island but refused to surrender because he thought they were American propaganda.
Yokoi, who had been a tailor’s apprentice before being drafted in 1941, became a folk hero in Japan and seemed to adjust to modern life.
He married months after returning and traveled around Japan giving lectures on survival tactics. He ran unsuccessfully for the House of Councillors _ Parliament’s upper house _ in 1974.