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October 31, 1998

WESTWOOD, Mass. (AP) _ Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, a pioneer in breast cancer surgery, died Sunday of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

His work contributed to a switch to less radical breast cancer surgery followed by radiation or chemotherapy. Auchincloss was a surgeon at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., for 39 years before retiring in 1992. He was also an associate professor of surgery at Columbia University.

Anthony J. Celebrezze

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Anthony J. Celebrezze, a Cleveland mayor who went on to become a Kennedy administration cabinet member and a federal appeals court judge, died Thursday night. He was 88.

Celebrezze, a Democrat, became mayor in 1953, with accomplishments that include a $140 million urban development project and a rail transit link across the city. He served until 1962, when President Kennedy named him secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

He served under Kennedy and President Johnson until 1965, when he was appointed judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. He retired in 1980.

Susan J. Menton

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) _ Susan J. Menton, a longtime reporter for The Free Press of Mankato, died Thursday of breast cancer. She was 55.

Menton worked for the newspaper for more than 30 years covering education and the community. She received an Associated Press award for continuing coverage of the 1995 meningitis outbreak.

She is survived by her husband, two sons, her mother and two sisters.

George McNew

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) _ George McNew, a distinguished plant pathologist who directed the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research for 25 years, died Friday. He was 90.

In 1987, the Boyce Thompson Institute established a professorial chair in McNew’s honor at Cornell University.

He published 155 scientific papers and books, his research focusing on chemical processes responsible for disease in plants. McNew also headed the botany department at Iowa State University and taught at New Mexico State University.

Deidre Murphy

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Deidre Murphy, assistant managing editor for news at The Star-Ledger of Newark, died Thursday, a day after suffering a stroke. She was 47.

Murphy, who shared in the 1992 Pulitzer Prize at New York Newsday for a story on a fatal subway crash, started her career as a reporter at her hometown paper, the State Journal-Register.

In 1977, Murphy moved to the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., where she was a reporter and later a state editor and city editor. She went on to New York Newsday in 1992, and co-wrote a book on the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, ``Two Seconds Under the World.″

She began working at the Star-Ledger in 1995, supervising reporters and overseeing daily and long-term coverage.

Murphy is survived by her mother, Helen; an aunt, an uncle, and her companion of 10 years, Theadora Martens.

Willard H. Proctor

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Willard H. Proctor, a thoroughbred trainer since 1938, died Friday after collapsing while feeding his horses in his barn at Santa Anita. He was 82.

Proctor’s best-known horses were Convenience, who won a match race with Typecast at Hollywood Park in 1972, and Top Rung, who won the Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Santa Anita in 1996. Among other horses trained by Proctor were Star Of The Crop, Uniformity and Concept Win.

Hilda E. Shivers

CINNAMINSON, N.J. (AP) _ Hilda E. Shivers, a veteran newswoman and member of a prominent southern New Jersey newspaper family, died Tuesday. She was 86.

Ms. Shivers was hired as a librarian at the Evening Courier and Morning Post newspapers in 1937. She later became a society editor, women’s editor and assistant features editor for the newspapers, which merged to become The Courier Post in 1949.

She also wrote an advice column under the byline Sheila Manning.

Her uncle, Frank Ryan, was the Courier-Post’s longtime editor, her brother Howard was a photo editor and brother George was chief photographer.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Jake Weiner, three nieces and two nephews.

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