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Obituaries in the News

November 23, 2004

David Grierson

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) _ David Grierson, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio and television host, jazz writer and book author, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 49.

Grierson was the author of ``The Expo Celebration,″ a Canadian best-seller featuring the work of Canadian photographers at the world’s fair in Vancouver in 1986.

Grierson was with CBC radio and television for 20 years, most recently as host of the morning radio show ``On the Island.″ He was previously host and producer of the popular CBC Radio One show ``North by Northwest.″

He wrote a jazz column for The Georgia Strait and articles on jazz for Downbeat, Swing Journal and other publications.

On television he was a weekly co-host of CBC’s ``Sunday Arts/Entertainment,″ and his series ``The Performers″ was aired on CTV and Turner Network Television.

Grierson was a charter member of the Writers Guild of Canada and one of the founding members of the British Columbia chapter of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.


Peter K. Loeb

NEW YORK (AP) _ Peter K. Loeb, managing director of the Neuberger Berman investment firm, died Nov. 16 of a stroke, said his wife Jeanette. He was 68.

Loeb also served as a board member of City Center, a trustee at Columbia University and a member of Columbia’s board of overseers for its Graduate School of Business. He also was a promoter of several charity organizations including City Harvest and Food Chain.

A lifelong New Yorker, Loeb earned degrees from the Yale University and Columbia Business School. He started on Wall Street at Loeb, Rhoades & Company and remained with its successor, Shearson/American Express Inc.

He also served in executive positions at companies including PaineWebber, Shufro, Rose & Ehrman, and Delta Capital Management.

Loeb had also been involved with the Special Olympics since 1980 and helped with program development, fund-raising and coaching.


J.L. Hunter ‘Red’ Rountree

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ J.L. Hunter ``Red″ Rountree, the nation’s oldest known bank robber, who turned to crime in his 80s and said the robberies made him feel good for days afterward, died in a prison hospital. He was 92.

Rountree gained national attention for a late-in-life crime spree that began in 1998. He was prosecuted for bank robberies in Mississippi, Florida and most recently in Texas.

A spokesman for the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., said Rountree was transferred to the prison shortly after his sentencing in Lubbock in January. He died Oct. 12, two months shy of his 93rd birthday.

Born Dec. 11, 1911, in the family farmhouse near Brownsville, Texas, Rountree once was a successful businessman who made his fortune in Houston by building Rountree Machinery Co., a relative said.

He told the Orlando Sentinel in 2001 that money and revenge were his motivations for robbing banks. A Corpus Christi bank that he’d done business with had forced him into bankruptcy, he told the newspaper, and he had not liked banks since then.


Sir John Vane

LONDON (AP) _ Sir John Vane, who shared the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1982 for his work in discovering how aspirin works, died Friday. He was 77.

Vane died in Farnborough of complications from fractures suffered earlier in the year, the University of London said.

Vane showed that aspirin inhibits the production of prostaglandins, ubiquitous hormone-like substances that are involved in body mechanisms ranging from fever to inducing labor.

Aspirin does this by blocking an enzyme known as prostaglandin synthetase or cyclo-oxygenase. The body needs the enzyme to make precursors for most of the half-dozen known prostaglandins and a few other key substances.

The prostaglandins that are blocked include those that make it easier for nerve cells to pass pain signals from one to another; those that raise fever; and those that promote the swelling of inflamed tissue.

Vane discovered a prostaglandin called prostacyclin that relaxes blood vessels. The discovery led to new treatments for heart and vessel disease, including ACE inhibitors, which are widely used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and other vascular diseases.

He shared the 1982 Nobel Prize with two Swedish researchers.

Vane founded the William Harvey Research Institute, specializing in cardiovascular and inflammation research, in 1986.

Vane was a fellow of the Royal Society, Britain’s pre-eminent academic society, and was knighted in 1984.


Tom ‘Trooper’ Washington

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Tom ``Trooper″ Washington, a member of the American Basketball Association’s first championship team and coach of the ABA’s Pennsylvania Pit Bulls, died Friday of heart disease. He was 60.

Washington collapsed while coaching the new franchise’s first game Friday night and later died at a Pittsburgh hospital, team general manager Freddie Lewis said.

Washington played alongside NBA Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins on Pittsburgh’s 1968 team that won the ABA title.

Washington, a 6-foot-7 Philadelphia native, was drafted in the fifth round of the 1967 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals, now the Sacramento Kings.

Instead, he joined the Pittsburgh Pipers during the ABA’s inaugural season in 1967-1968. The Pipers reached the playoffs and beat the New Orleans Buccaneers in the finals.

Washington played for the Pipers for two more seasons. He finished his six-season ABA career with the Floridians and the New York Nets and averaged 10.6 points per game.


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