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Cheyenne Brando, the daughter of actor Marlon Brando, hanged herself Sunda

April 18, 1995 GMT

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (AP) _ Cheyenne Brando, the daughter of actor Marlon Brando, hanged herself Sunday at her home in Tahiti after five years of depression. She was 25.

Ms. Brando had been distraught since the killing of her boyfriend, Dag Drollet, in 1990 by her half-brother, Christian Brando, and had tried to kill herself at least twice previously, according to her doctors.

Ms. Brando, who had a 5-year-old son by Drollet, was the daughter of Marlon Brando and Tarita Teriipaia, a Polynesian who acted with Brando in the 1962 film ``Mutiny on the Bounty.″


Cheyenne Brando was charged with complicity in the killing of Drollet, who was shot dead at the Los Angeles home of her father. Christian Brando is serving a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in a Los Angeles court to voluntary manslaughter. Authorities in Polynesia, a French territory, refused to force Cheyenne Brando to appear at the trial.

Robert H. Cleveland

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) _ Robert H. ``Ace″ Cleveland, longtime sports information director at Southern Mississippi, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 68.

Cleveland joined the Southern Mississippi sports information office in 1955 and retired in 1986. The press box at Southern’s M.M. Roberts Stadium was named in his honor in 1990.

He was a member of the Mississippi Sports Writers Hall of Fame and the Southern Mississippi Hall of Fame.

John Kuranz

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) _ John Kuranz, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the atom bomb, died Friday in an airplane collision. He was 73.

Kuranz’ plane collided with another when both tried to land at Wittman Regional Airport. Three others also died in the accident.

Having worked at the University of Chicago on the atom bomb, Kuranz witnessed the first explosion of a nuclear device at White Sands, N.M.

After World War II, Kuranz was one of the founders and vice presidents of Nuclear Chicago Corp., a firm that applied nuclear physics to medicine. The company now is a part of Siemens.

Spencer Olin

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) _ Spencer T. Olin, a former executive of munitions maker Olin Corp., died Friday. He was 96.

He was vice president of Olin Corp. when its Winchester Repeating Arms subsidiary turned out 15 billion rounds of ammunition for the Allies during World War II. Olin’s father, Franklin, founded Olin Industries in 1892.

Olin was national finance chairman for the Republican Party from 1958 to 1960 and treasurer of the National Republican Committee from 1960 to 1962.

A low-handicap amateur golfer, Olin managed to gain a footnote in professional athletic history when, in 1954, he and a struggling Arnold Palmer won a pro-am tournament at the Greenbriar resort in West Virginia.

While the $750 meant a lot to Palmer, it meant even more when he learned that Olin had bet $10,000 on his own team and was splitting his winnings with his teammate.

Years later, when Olin gave $5 million to build a public course for his hometown, Palmer agreed to design it.

Pauline Plimpton

NEW YORK (AP) _ Pauline Ames Plimpton, who lived most of her life in the shadows of her famous father, husband and son before starting to write books at age 79, died Saturday of circulatory illness. She was 93.

Mrs. Plimpton penned eight books, including one about her father, ``Oakes Ames, Jottings of a Harvard Botanist,″ one about her husband, ``The Plimpton Papers, Law and Diplomacy,″ and one about her father-in-law, a wide-ranging literary collector, ``A Collector’s Recollections, George Arthur Plimpton.″

Mrs. Plimpton’s father, Oakes Ames, was a renowned Harvard botanist, and her husband, Francis T.P. Plimpton, was a lawyer and diplomat. Her son, George Plimpton, is the editor of The Paris Review literary magazine.

David Polish

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) _ Rabbi David Polish, who once wrote an open letter to Martin Luther King Jr. about anti-semitism, died Sunday at age 85.

Polish was founder of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and Congregation Beth Emet the Free Synagogue in Evanston. He wrote nine books and urged closer links between Reform and Conservative Jews.

In his open letter to King in 1967, Polish urged King to ``stand in the path″ of anti-semitism.″

In a reply to Polish, King called anti-semitism immoral and said ``it injures Negroes, because it upholds the doctrine of racism which they have the greatest stake in destroying.″

Dr. David Schwimmer

TEANECK, N.J. (AP) _ Dr. David Schwimmer, a Manhattan internist who researched survival rations for military personnel, died Sunday at 81.

Schwimmer practiced medicine in New York from 1944 until his retirement in 1993. A report by Schwimmer disclosed in 1947 that researchers from New York Medical College’s Metropolitan Research Unit had perfected a low-calorie survival diet that could prove valuable in the event of an atomic war.

Schwimmer said he and his associates had determined that subjects could get along on a daily diet of 900 calories in the form of small biscuits.

Clyde Vernon Waynick

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Clyde Vernon Waynick, who as Nashville’s ``barber to the stars″ clipped the hair of Elvis Presley and numerous country singers, died of cancer Friday. He was 68.

He had cut Presley’s hair when Presley was in Nashville recording songs. Waynick also was the barber for performers such as Ray Stevens, Hank Williams Jr., Don Gibson and several Grand Ole Opry stars from 1959 to 1976.

Waynick sold his barber shop that year on the advice of doctors who found he had respiratory problems associated with inhalation of hair particles.

He then became a warrant officer for the Metro Traffic Violations Bureau, though he served some of his longtime customers by cutting their hair on Saturdays. He retired from both jobs in 1992.