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R. Geddie Herring

February 1, 1996

ROSEBORO, N.C. (AP) _ R. Geddie Herring, a Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery at Iwo Jima, died Wednesday of lung cancer. He was 74.

Herring was wounded during the famous World War II offensive but rallied his landing craft crew to help injured shipmates and steer the vehicle to shore while under Japanese fire.

After the war, Herring returned to his hometown of Roseboro, where he became involved in several business ventures, served as mayor in 1948-49 and was a Sampson County board of education member from 1952-62. He also served as the board’s chairman.

This month, Gov. Jim Hunt honored Herring with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest award for public service.

Julian Werner Hill

HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) _ Julian Werner Hill, a Du Pont Co. research chemist who made a key discovery that led to the development of nylon, died Sunday. He was 91.

In 1930, while doing research on the makeup of polymers, Hill stuck a heated glass rod into a beaker, expecting a brittle substance. Instead, it stretched and pulled like taffy.

Following that discovery, Du Pont concentrated on creating a synthetic fiber. In 1940, Du Pont sold its first nylon stockings to consumers. The product became one of the company’s biggest moneymakers.

Hill retired in 1964.

Rebecca LaBrecque

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rebecca LaBrecque, a pianist who favored new music and innovative ways of using the keyboard, died Sunday of a series of brain tumors. She was 45.

LaBrecque frequently performed contemporary works in New York’s concert halls, both as a soloist and chamber player.

In addition to reviving many neglected works of this century, LaBrecque commissioned more than 60 pieces, including the Roger Sessions Piano Concerto. It had been performed only twice since Sessions composed it in 1958.

In one of LaBrecque’s most unusual performances, she simultaneously played a piano and a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. She commissioned special works for the 1986 Merkin Concert Hall performance, and insisted that composers write for both instruments.

Julius Posener

BERLIN (AP) _ Julius Posener, an architect, critic and lecturer who saw his role as an interpreter of the modern movement, died Wednesday at 91.

Posener valued function over form in building design, a philosophy he learned from his teacher Hanz Poelzig. Posener studied with Poelzig during the 1920s.

He emigrated from Berlin to France as the Nazis rose to power, and became editor of the French journal ``Architecture Today.″

He later traveled to Israel, Lebanon, London and Kuala Lumpur, where he lived and worked. He returned to Berlin on Aug. 13, 1961, the day construction of the Berlin Wall began.

In Berlin, he took a teaching position at the Academy for Art, which he held until 1971. The Academy eulogized him as ``doyen of the German architectural historians.″

His autobiography, ``Almost as Old as the Century,″ was published in 1991.

Terence Reese

LONDON (AP) _ Terence Reese, one of the finest players in the history of bridge who wrote or co-authored 83 books on the card game, died Wednesday in Hove, 40 miles south of London. He was 82.

Reese and his bridge partner, Boris Schapiro, were the anchor pair in the British teams that won the European Championships in 1948, 1949, 1954 and 1963. In 1955, they won the Bermuda Bowl Championship, the world’s top event, in New York.

Reese was named World Pair Champion in 1961 and 1962. He won the Gold Cup _ Britain’s senior challenge _ eight times and the Master Pairs seven times.

But in 1965, he and Schapiro, now bridge correspondent for the London newspaper The Sunday Times, were accused of using illegal finger signals in their bidding at the Bermuda Bowl Championship that year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Reese and Schapiro insisted they were innocent.

Reese’s books include ``Reese on Bridge″ (1948) and ``The Expert Game″ (1958) _ both considered classics on the game.

Reese was bridge correspondent for the London paper The Observer since 1950 and for 12 years hosted a BBC radio bridge program, ``Bridge on the Air.″

In 1970 he married Alwyn Sherrington, who survives him.

James Tullis Shahan

BRACKETVILLE, Texas (AP) _ James Tullis ``Happy″ Shahan, whose ranch served as the set for John Wayne’s epic movie, ``The Alamo,″ died Tuesday. He was 80.

While serving as mayor of Bracketville, Shahan persuaded Paramount Studios to make the 1953 western ``Arrowhead″ in Bracketville at Fort Clark, a former frontier cavalry post.

Two years later he lured Republic Studios to town to make ``The Last Command.″

The massive sets on ``The Alamo″ took two years to build and were erected on Shahan’s 30-square-mile ranch seven miles north of town. Shahan dubbed the movie set ``Alamo Village.″

More than 60 motion pictures, movies, mini-series, commercials and music videos have since been made at Alamo Village, which has become a tourist attraction.

Bob Thiele

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bob Thiele, a producer and record company owner who recorded major jazz artists plus pop stars Buddy Holly, Jackie Wilson and Teresa Brewer, died Tuesday of kidney failure. He was 73.

In the 1950s, Thiele took over Coral Records and proceeded to record work by Wilson, Holly and the Crickets, Buddy Hackett, Eydie Gorme, Steve Lawrence and others. He also recorded Pat Boone and the Mills Brothers for Dot Records as well as an album of Jack Kerouac reading his poems.

Thiele took over the Impulse jazz label in 1961 and made albums with Coleman Hawkins, Oliver Nelson, Earl Hines, Albert Ayler, Alice Coltrane, Count Basie, Charles Mingus and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.

Thiele also recorded saxophonist John Coltrane’s most important work, including such albums as ``A Love Supreme,″ ``Ballads″ and ``Crescent″ on the Impulse label.

After leaving Impulse in 1969, Thiele started another company Flying Dutchman. He recorded Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Oliver Nelson. Thiele wrote one of Mr. Armstrong’s hits ``What a Wonderful World.″

In 1972, Thiele married Miss Brewer, who survives him.

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