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June 6, 2002

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Allie Frazier, a former Hollins University professor of philosophy and religion, died Tuesday. He was 70.

Frazier, who taught at Hollins from 1964 until 1997, founded the master of arts in liberal studies program.

He was its director for 13 years, and in 1993, he was named national professor of the year by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

Frazier wrote five books, including the three-volume ``Eastern Religious Thought,″ and published numerous magazine articles.

Paul Gottlieb

NEW YORK (AP) _ Paul Gottlieb, who for two decades ran one of the country’s most prominent art book publishing companies, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 67.

Gottlieb was publisher, president and editor in chief of Harry N. Abrams. Under his leadership, the small company became the dominant publisher of illustrated art books in the United States.

Gottlieb developed new markets for expensive, high-quality illustrated art books. He made bids for the rights to distribute the exhibit catalogs of famous museums, working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney, among others.

After retiring from Abrams, Gottlieb became executive editor of the photography publisher Aperture. He was also recently named chairman of the Academy of American Poets.

Bob Lackey

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Former Marquette basketball player Bob Lackey, known as ``the Black Swan″ for his smooth moves on the court, died Tuesday in his hometown of Evanston, Ill., after battling cancer. He was 53.

Recruited by Al McGuire, Lackey became one of the late coach’s prize players of the early 1970s. Lackey, a 6-foot-6 forward, played on Marquette’s NCAA tournament teams of 1971 and 1972.

He averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds as Marquette finished with a 28-1 record in 1970-71. The next season, McGuire made Lackey the team captain, and he averaged a team-high 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds as Marquette went 25-4.

Lackey was drafted by the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and the New York Nets of the upstart American Basketball Association.

He signed with the Nets, played a full season and averaged 5.9 points. In his second season, he played three games before the Nets cut him.

He later played in the Netherlands and France.

Tibor Scitovsky

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Tibor Scitovsky, an American economist who influenced global policies for international trade and economic development and helped build Stanford University’s economics department, died Saturday from complications after surgery. He was 91.

Scitovsky arrived in the United States in 1939 after earning degrees at the University of Budapest, Trinity College, Cambridge and the London School of Economics.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, first driving a truck in England, then later working for the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, which studied the effects of bombing on Germany.

Early in his academic career, Scitovsky focused on the theory of international trade and welfare economics, and gained a reputation as an unorthodox social critic in the 1970s when he published ``The Joyless Economy: An Inquiry into Human Satisfaction and Consumer Dissatisfaction.″

He argued the American economy overemphasized comfort and safety and deprived consumers of the ``joys″ of challenging, unexpected and even risky activities _ concepts initially received with skepticism from his colleagues. By 1995, however, the London Times’ literary supplement named the book one of the 100 most influential of the post-World War II era.

Scitovsky was recruited to Stanford after the war and remained until 1958, becoming one of the key figures of the school’s budding economics department, said professor emeritus Mel Reder, a longtime colleague and friend.

He went on to teach at the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard and Yale, then returned to Stanford in 1970 until his retirement in 1976. He continued to publish articles on economics through the 1990s.

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