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Richard Eugene Cross

September 4, 1996

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Richard Eugene Cross, chairman and CEO of American Motors from 1963-66, died of a heart attack Saturday. He was 85.

Cross, an original appointee to the Michigan State Civil Rights Commission, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through Detroit after the 1967 riots. He led the United Negro College fund of Michigan for 20 years and helped found a Detroit relief fund for families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

He was with the Detroit law firm of Cross, Wrock, Miller & Vieson.

Vincent Kyle Kannady

HOUSTON (AP) _ Vincent Kyle ``Vince″ Kannady, known as ``The Voice″ to KTSU-FM sports fans and jazz lovers for eight years, died Saturday of congestive heart failure. He was 36.

Kannady also was play-by-play announcer for Texas Southern football and basketball events and was about to become Texas Southern University’s sports information director when he died.

Survivors include his wife, Angela, son Lyndon Kannady and mother Nina J. Kannady.

Karl Kehrle

LONDON (AP) _ Brother Adam, a Benedictine monk and one of the world’s leading bee breeders, died Sunday at age 98.

Brother Adam created the Buckfast Superbee, regarded by many as the healthiest and most prolific honey producer ever.

In the 1990s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture imported queens that Brother Adam bred to be resistant to acarine disease, which had badly damaged honey production in America. His breed earned more than $31,000 a year for his abbey and revolutionized honey production.

He was born Karl Kehrle and took over the abbey’s apiaries when he became a full monk in 1919.

His bee research ended in 1992 because the monastery’s new abbot insisted the abbey apiaries were for honey production, not research.

Brother Adam wrote three books regarded as classics on the subject _ ``Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey,″ ``In Search of the Best Strains of Bees″ and ``Breeding the Honeybee.″

Charles H. Kirbo

ATLANTA (AP) _ Charles H. Kirbo, Jimmy Carter’s ``one-man kitchen Cabinet,″ died Monday. He was 79.

Kirbo, a trial lawyer, helped win a vote-tampering case which led to a seat in the state Senate for Carter in 1962.

He later raised funds for the Carter Presidential Library, and recently, for a statue and plaza built on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Kirbo was a partner at King & Spalding law firm. Although never holding an official title, Kirbo advised Carter throughout his carrer.

Bob Mayfield

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Bob Mayfield, an attorney and civil rights leader, died Friday. He was 64.

Mayfield handled over 1,200 cases for the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which became a hub for nonviolent civil rights activism.

In 1964, he used a new argument while appealing two murder convictions _ that the systematic exclusion of blacks from juries is unconstitutional because it denied defendants equal protection and due process. The 5th District U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the convictions.

In the 1970s, Mayfield served on the state’s Human Rights Commission.

James M. Newman

ROCK CREEK, Ohio (AP) _ James M. Newman, a newspaper and radio columnist and cousin to actor Paul Newman, died of cancer Aug. 28. He was 75.

Newman’s camping column ran in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer from 1968 to 1975. His radio column, ``Country Commentary,″ ran on an estimated 100 radio stations from 1978 to 1994.

Newman and his wife Barbara, who died last year, wrote two books about camping. He is survived by two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.

Newman founded Newman Adler Sporting Goods retail stores.

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