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Ann Ayars, who performed with the New York City Opera and later became a co

March 4, 1995

HEMET, Calif. (AP) _ Ann Ayars, who performed with the New York City Opera and later became a college music professor, died Monday of diabetes. She was 75.

Ayars was the leading soprano at NYCO in the 1940s and 1950s. Her roles included Monica in ``The Medium.″

She joined the staff at Mt. San Jacinto College in 1968. She taught voice and piano and staged 19 full-length opera productions before retiring in 1987.

Last year, the college made her professor emeritus.

Fred J. Borch

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) _ Fred J. Borch, chairman of the General Electric Co. in the 1960s and early 1970s, died Wednesday of heart disease. He was 84.

Borch joined General Electric’s light bulb business in 1931 and was named president and chief executive in 1963. He rose to chairman in 1968 and stepped down four years later at age 62.

During his tenure, GE’s sales doubled, from less than $5 billion to more than $10 billion, and its earnings increased to $530 million, from $272 million.

Harry Geise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Harry Geise, one of the first weather broadcasters to make long-term forecasts on radio and television, died at 75.

Geise, a meteorologist, started giving his broadcasts on WLS radio in Chicago in 1941. Those broadcasts ended in early 1942 when it was determined they were helping German U-Boat commanders on their Atlantic patrols during World War II.

After the war, Geise became one of the first weathermen on KNXT-TV, now KCBS-TV, in Los Angeles. He later worked for KNTV in San Jose, and on radio stations including KTIM in San Rafael, KSRO in Santa Rosa and KCBS and KGO in San Francisco.

He eventually was picked to set up the CBS National Weather Center in New York, but returned to Sacramento to work for KCRA.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita, a daughter and three sons.

Howard W. Hunter

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Howard W. Hunter, who became president of the Mormon Church just nine months ago, died of prostate cancer Friday after the shortest term of any leader of the 9 million-member religion. He was 87.

Hunter, a former corporate lawyer, became the 14th ``prophet, seer and revelator″ in the 165-year history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June following the death of former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson.

An intensely private man, Hunter was perhaps the least-known apostle ever to assume the mantle of leadership. His authorized biographer was granted just a single interview and, unlike the ultraconservative Benson, Hunter eschewed partisan politics.

Ferdinand Lundberg

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ferdinand Lundberg, an iconoclastic journalist who wrote books denouncing the rich for their grip on the economy and politics, died Wednesday at 92.

Besides working for The New York Herald Tribune, United Press International and the Chicago Daily News, he wrote books that criticized a small group of families for their control over the country.

In a 1936 book, he painted a scathing picture of America’s richest publisher, William Randolph Hearst. And in his 1976 book, ``The Rockefeller Syndrome,″ Lundberg accuses the family of ``ultimate involvement in the very warp and woof of the established order at every level.″

Along with a psychiatrist, Dr. Marynia Farnham, Lundberg authored a 1947 book titled, ``Modern Woman: The Lost Sex,″ which contended that contemporary women suffered from neuroses they were likely to pass on to the next generation.

Lundberg is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and two sons.

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