Jerry Sohl, newsman, novelist, writer for TV
Nov. 11, 2002
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Jerry Sohl, author of the science fiction books The Transcendent Man and The Altered Ego, has died.
He was 88.
Sohl, who also wrote for the television shows Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, died Monday at a Thousand Oaks hospital. The cause of death was not released.
Born in Los Angeles, Sohl dropped out of college in order to take up a career in journalism. He worked as a photographer, police reporter, critic and reviewer for several newspapers in the Midwest after World War II.
During the war, he served in the Army Air Forces.
Sohl wrote a number of books, including The Mars Monopoly, The Lemon Eaters, The Resurrection of Frank Borchard and The Spun Sugar Hole.
He also wrote under the pseudonyms Nathan Butler, Sean Mei Sullivan and Roberta Jean Mountjoy.
As a television writer, he worked on episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, The Outer Limits, Route 66 and The Invaders.
E.B. Andrews, sole Ala. woman elected to Congress
Dec. 5, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Elizabeth Bullock Andrews, the only woman elected to Congress from Alabama, died Tuesday. She was 92.
Andrews won her House seat in a 1972 special election after the death of her husband, George W. Andrews, who held the seat for nearly 28 years. She ran unopposed, served nine months and chose not to run for re-election.
Two other Alabama women - Maryon Pittman Allen and Dixie Bibb Graves - were appointed to seats in the Senate.
Andrews initially rejected her nomination to fill the seat, then said she would run "if that is what the people of the 3rd District wanted."
Henry Chauncey, made SAT admission standard
Dec. 5, 2002
SHELBURNE, Vt. - Henry Chauncey, the man credited with turning the SAT into an admission standard used by thousands of colleges and universities, died Tuesday. He was 97.
Chauncey founded the Educational Testing Service to administer the SAT out of a belief that access to the nation's colleges should be decided through merit, rather than through family connections.
A former assistant dean at Harvard University, Chauncey started Princeton, N.J.-based ETS in 1947 and served as its president until 1970. He also was a director of the New York-based College Board, the organization that sponsors the SAT.
During his tenure with ETS, higher education embraced standardized tests as a determining factor in the college admissions process. The SAT was taken by 1.3 million college-bound high school seniors in 2001.
Chauncey and ETS were also responsible for the Graduate Management Admissions Test and other exams used around the world.
Gloria Howes, legislator devoted to New Mexico
Dec. 5, 2002
ALBUQUERQUE - Gloria Howes, who spent 51 years in public service, including as a teacher and as one of the most powerful women in the New Mexican Legislature, died Tuesday after suffering a fall at her home. She was 72.
Howes was a schoolteacher on the Navajo Reservation and school administrator for the Gallup-McKinley County Schools who won a seat on the McKinley County Commission and became county manager.
She then won a seat in the state Senate and led efforts to close drive-up liquor windows. She also championed local communities' rights to impose teenage curfews.
As chairwoman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, her duties included recommending whether to confirm gubernatorial appointments and voting on constitutional amendments.
She also had served on the Education, Public Affairs, Judiciary, and Corporations and Transportation committees.
When Howes retired from the Legislature, she said she had devoted 51 years to public service.
Ivan Illich, author railed over organized religion
Dec. 5, 2002
BERLIN - Ivan Illich, a renowned sociologist who protested against the institutionalization of learning and religion, died Monday. He was 76. No cause of death was given.
Illich was best known for his 1971 publication De-Schooling Society.
Illich was born in Vienna in 1926. He was forced to leave school in 1941 under Nazi race laws because of his mother's Jewish ancestry and went to Italy. There, he studied in Florence and Rome before returning to Austria and obtaining a doctorate.
He entered the Roman Catholic priesthood and, from 1951 to 1956, served in New York City as an assistant pastor, championing the cause of Puerto Rican immigrants. From 1956 until 1960, he was the deputy rector of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
Still, Illich increasingly rebelled against the church, which he viewed as too bureaucratic. He left the priesthood in 1969, during a period in which he produced his best-known works.
Reflecting his discomfort with organized religion, Illich argued that school made people dumb, and the legal system, rather than providing people with solutions, heightened their frustration.
Illich argued that even science was being strangled by institutionalization.
Theresa Miller, teacher aided Columbine fallen
Dec. 5, 2002
LITTLETON, Colo. - Theresa Miller, a Columbine High School teacher who ran through the hallways warning people during the 1999 massacre there, died Monday of colon cancer. She was 44.
Miller taught for 20 years in the Jefferson County School District. She was head of Columbine's science department for the past two years and was its Teacher of the Year in 2001.
The diagnosis came a few months after two students attacked the school on April 20, 1999, setting off explosives and killing 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves.
Miller, who was on hall duty at the time, extinguished a fire started by a pipe bomb, led dozens of students to safety and stayed with fellow teacher Dave Sanders as he bled to death from gunshot wounds.
The next day, President Clinton noted Miller's heroism in an address to the nation.
Besides her teaching, she volunteered in elementary schools, putting on science workshops and demonstrations, as well as working for the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and YMCA.
Edgar Scherick, brought 'Peyton Place' to TV
Dec. 5, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Film and television producer Edgar Scherick, who helped bring Peyton Place to the small screen and collaborated with Woody Allen on his 1969 film, Take the Money and Run, has died.
Scherick, who died Monday of leukemia, was 78.
Scherick entered the Army in 1943, serving most of his three-year stint running a weather station in Iceland. After World War II, he worked at an advertising agency.
In 1956, Scherick took a job at CBS as a sports specialist. He left the next year to form Sports Programs Inc., which eventually introduced Wide World of Sports to TV view- ers.
Scherick became vice president in charge of ABC's programming in 1963, two years after Sports Programs Inc. merged with the network. He helped bring Batman, The FBI, Bewitched, The Hollywood Palace and Peyton Place, the first prime-time soap opera, to ABC.
He later formed Palomar Pictures and turned to producing.
His feature film credits include The Stepford Wives, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Sleuth, Shoot the Moon and Mrs. Soffel.
Scherick received several Academy Award nominations and won both an Oscar and an Emmy for the documentary He Makes Me Feel Like Dancing in 1983.
Glenn Quinn, was a regular on 'Roseanne'
Dec. 8, 2002
HOLLYWOOD - Glenn Quinn, best known for his recurring role on the sitcom Roseanne and a former co-star of the supernatural drama Angel, died Tuesday in North Hollywood. He was 32.
The Dublin, Ireland-born Quinn was found dead from a possible drug overdose at a friend's home, Los Angeles police said Friday. Detectives said the case will remain open pending the completion of toxicology tests, but no foul play was suspected.
Quinn joined the cast of Roseanne in its third season, playing Becky Connor's not-so-bright-yet-sincere boyfriend and then husband, Mark, from 1990 to 1997.
He also co-starred as the half-demon Doyle on Angel, a spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, during its 1999 premiere season.
Although most of his roles required him to hide his Irish accent, Angel was his first role in an American series in which he could speak naturally.
Pierre Peugeot, built French auto company
Dec. 8, 2002
PARIS - Pierre Peugeot, who made the automaker that bears his family name into a French industrial success story, has died. He was 70.
The company said that Peugeot had been ill for some time, but it did not provide details.
Peugeot was influential in the choice of the two executives, one a banker and the other from the aluminum industry, who engineered Peugeot's transformation from an auto industry also-ran into PSA-Peugeot-Citroen, the company that catapulted past its government-controlled rival, Renault. It commanded the second-largest share of the European market, after Volkswagen.
Sanford S. Atwood, ex-chief of Emory U.
Dec. 8, 2002
ATLANTA - Former Emory University President Sanford S. Atwood, who stood firm behind a professor who espoused the "God is dead" theory in 1965, died Monday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 89.
The president of Emory from 1963-77, Atwood contended that religion Professor Thomas J.J. Altizer "feels he has an idea worth discussing. He has the right to do so."
Atwood continued to support Altizer despite letters from alumni and United Methodist Church bishops threatening to cut off funding for the Methodist university if the professor who theorized "God is dead" was not fired.