Phillip A. Allen
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Phillip A. Allen, a former broadcaster and commentator who was the voice of the National Farmers Organization, died Dec. 13 of heart failure. He was 80.
From 1952 to 1958, he broadcast ``Here’s Allen,″ sponsored by the United Packinghouse Workers of America. The Packinghouse Worker magazine credited his commentaries with prodding the Omaha City Council to write an anti-discrimination clause into the local bus company contract.
He later produced radio commentaries and farm news for the NFO. He also did commentaries on classical music and opera.
Allen began his broadcast career at Radio KOIL in 1937. He also worked at Omaha station KOAD and bounced from station to station in the Midwest before serving in World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline; three sons and nine grandchildren.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ U.S. District Court Judge Franklin Dupree, who presided over some of North Carolina’s most high-profile cases, died Sunday of cancer. He was 82.
Dupree, appointed by President Nixon in 1970, presided over the trial of Jeffrey MacDonald, the Green Beret doctor convicted of killing his wife and two children at Fort Bragg in the 1970s.
He also presided over the trial of white supremacist Jack Jackson, accused of killing three men at an adult bookstore in Shelby, and a 1988 case involving prisoners’ access to law libraries and legal services.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) _ Virginia McMartin, the grandmother acquitted of molesting children at her pre-school in the nation’s longest and costliest criminal case, died Sunday after a series of strokes. She was 88.
McMartin bitterly denied the charges leveled against her, members of her family and pre-school staff.
McMartin founded the now-defunct McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, which became the focus of a child abuse investigation in 1983 when a mother later diagnosed as mentally ill told police she suspected her 2 1/2-year-old son had been molested.
McMartin was arrested in 1984 with her daughter, Peggy McMartin Buckey, and grandchildren, Ray and Peggy Ann Buckey, and three teachers. In the months that followed, allegations were made that teachers at the school had molested dozens of children.
In 1986, felony child molestation charges were dismissed against all but Peggy McMartin Buckey and her son. They were charged with molesting 11 children over a five-year period.
Mrs. Buckey was acquitted in 1990 after a three-year trial. The same year, Raymond Buckey was acquitted of 40 counts and a jury deadlocked on another eight counts against him in a second trial.
Willis Leslie Winter Jr.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Willis Leslie Winter Jr., a longtime University of Oregon journalism professor, died Dec. 14 after suffering a heart attack. He was 69.
Winter taught at the university from 1955 to 1957, and returned in 1968. He retired in 1989 but taught a few courses until 1994.
He worked in advertising at the Stockton (Calif.) Record, the Lebanon (Ore.) Express, the San Francisco Chronicle and The (San Mateo, Calif.) Times.
He also taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois and the University of Washington. He also he owned and operated an advertising consulting firm from 1962 to 1988.
Survivors include three daughters and five grandchildren.