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John Akii-Bua

June 26, 1997

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ John Akii-Bua, the only Ugandan athlete ever to win a gold medal at the Olympics, died Friday. He was 47.

The cause of death was not announced

Akii-Bua set a world record in the 400 meters hurdles at the 1972 Munich Games. His time of 47.87 seconds was the first below 48 seconds and remains an African record.

Akii-Bua did not defend his title at the 1976 Montreal Olympics because of a boycott by African nations to protest the participation of athletes from South Africa, which then had a racial segregation policy of apartheid.

Akii-Bua fled Uganda to escape violence unleashed by Idi Amin Dada in late 1972 but returned after the dictator’s ouster in 1979 and joined the police force.

Marie Daerr Boehringer

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) _ Marie Daerr Boehringer, a reporter for the former Cleveland Press who also wrote poetry, died Sunday. She was 83.

In her 34-year career with the Press, she covered general assignments and education. She covered the 1947 wedding of Prince Philip and England’s Princess Elizabeth, who became queen in 1952.

Boehringer, who wrote under her maiden name, published three books of poetry after retiring from the newspaper in 1973.

Jacques Cousteau

PARIS (AP) _ Jacques Cousteau, who shared his undersea adventures with millions of TV viewers worldwide, revealing the enchanting, hidden life that lay beneath the waves, died at his home Wednesday. He was 87.

Cousteau _ wiry, bespectacled and often wearing a red wool cap _ became a household name primarily through his hugely popular television series, ``The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,″ and his many documentaries. He narrated the shows in English with his soothing voice and heavy French accent beloved to generations of viewers.

He was also an environmentalist and inventor who co-developed the Aqua-Lung, created a one-man jet-propelled submarine and helped start the first manned undersea colonies.

He won three Academy Awards for best documentary: ``The Silent World″ (1957), ``Le Poisson Rouge″ (1959) and ``World Without Sun″ (1965).

He also authored many books, including ``The Living Sea″ (1963) and ``World Without Sun″ (1965). A 20-volume encyclopedia, ``The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau,″ was published in the United States and England.

William Forkner

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) _ ``Wino Willie″ Forkner, the central figure in a rowdy motorcycle club that inspired the 1954 Marlon Brando movie ``The Wild One,″ has died. He was 76.

William Forkner, who had suffered from heart disease, died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm late Monday.

Forkner was one of the first members of the Boozefighters, a Los Angeles biker gang that earned a reputation for rowdiness on the July 4 weekend in 1947 in Hollister, a small town near Monterey.

A photograph of the event in Life magazine gave the public a menacing image of bikers.

``The Wild One″ was released six years later, starring Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith and Lee Marvin. The film became a cult classic.

In an interview Sunday night, he said he was looking forward to returning to Hollister on July 4 for the 50th anniversary of the event.

``Going to Hollister is what is keeping me alive,″ Forkner said from his home in Fort Bragg, Calif.

Allen Seifert

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) _ Allen Seifert, a reporter and columnist for the St. Joseph News-Press, died Tuesday at the age of 59.

Seifert came to the News-Press when he was 20, making his way from part-time switchboard operator and office boy to sports columnist and feature writer.

He wrote about everything from a horseback-riding dog from Tennessee, to a Nebraska woman and her singing guinea pig, to a man who carried a cross with the help of wheels.

Seifert had a great love for softball and was a member of the Missouri Softball Hall of Fame. He established girls’ and women’s fast-pitch softball teams starting in the early 1960s.

Al Stark

DETROIT (AP) _ Al Stark, a writer, editor and columnist for The Detroit News for more than three decades, died of heart failure Tuesday. He was 64.

In his 31 years at the News, Stark served as a reporter, travel writer, night city editor, deputy city editor and columnist. He retired in 1993.

He also was a feature writer for the Sunday magazine and won numerous writing awards, including several for a series on Africa. His column, which ran in the late 1960s and early ’70s, was called The Real Detroit.

An avid golfer, Stark was published in PGA Magazine and Reader’s Digest. He also wrote books on Zimbabwe and Australia.

Colleagues said Stark’s terse, compassionate, compact writing often gave readers insight and inspiration.

``He taught me to see the extraordinary beauty in ordinary things such as a tree, that many people, including me, would take for granted,″ said Susan Stark, the News’ film critic and his former wife.

Dr. James S. Todd

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Dr. James S. Todd, who wrote the American Medical Association’s physicians’ code of ethics and served as its executive vice president, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 65.

From June 1990 until June 1996, Todd served as executive vice president of the AMA, which represents nearly half of the nation’s 650,000 practicing medical doctors.

Born in 1931, Todd graduated cum laude from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He became chief resident at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York in 1963. That same year, he began his surgical practice in Ridgewood.

Todd met with President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during the health care debates, working to ensure that physicians retained control over medical decisions under the proposed Clinton health care reform plan.

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