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August 14, 1998

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Vernon Aanenson, owner and president of Old Dutch Foods Inc., died Tuesday from complications following surgery to repair an aneurysm in his aorta. He was 82.

Aanenson had been at the helm of the snack-food company, whose windmill logo was a familiar symbol in the Upper Midwest, since 1951 when he bought it with a partner. He became sole owner in 1965.

Old Dutch Foods now has five plants with about 1,300 employees in Minnesota and Canada.

Jim Bapis

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Jim Bapis, a longtime Utah newsman and public relations official, died of cancer Wednesday. He was 64.

Bapis worked for 15 years in the Salt Lake bureau of United Press International, where he was a newsman and sports editor. He later was a feature writer for the University of Utah news service, where he worked for 22 years.

Bapis won numerous writing awards, including the 1995 Gold Spike Award of Excellence. He was elected to the National Association of Science Writers in 1991.

Eve Boswell

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) _ Eve Boswell, the glamorous Hungarian-born singing star who dominated British pop charts in the 1950s, died of a heart attack Thursday. She was 76.

Boswell’s hits included ``Again,″ ``Sugar Bush,″ ``Blue Star,″ ``Young and Foolish″ and ``Picking a Chicken.′

Born Eva Keleti in Budapest, she came from a show-business family and as a child made her stage debut with the family’s variety act, The Three Hugos.

Boswell moved to Britain and also sang with Geraldo’s Orchestra at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

Nino Ferrer

CAHORS, France (AP) _ Nino Ferrer, a popular French singer for three decades, committed suicide Thursday. He was to turn 64 on Saturday.

Police said Ferrer shot himself with a hunting rifle. His body was found next to his car parked in a field near the town of Saint-Cyprien.

Famous for his gravelly voice, nostalgic lyrics and puns, Ferrer hit the top of the charts with ``Le Sud,″ ``Mirza,″ ``Les Cornichons″ and ``Le Telefon.″

He gave up music several years ago to devote himself to painting.

Robert M. Luby

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Robert M. ``Bob″ Luby, who founded the Luby’s Cafeteria empire 51 years ago in the basement of a San Antonio building, died Thursday from heart complications in a Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 88.

Luby owned several cafeterias that he sold when he joined the Army Air Corps during World War II.

After his discharge, he went back into the business with his cousin, Charles R. Johnston. Today the company they founded has 231 cafeterias in 11 states.

Abdel-Qawi Makkawi

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Abdel-Qawi Makkawi, a prominent Yemeni opposition leader, died Wednesday of a heart attack in Egypt. He was 73.

Makkawi was the last prime minister of the government of Aden during British rule before Britain gave independence to the then South Yemen in 1967.

He was dismissed by the British Governor in 1965 for his alliance with the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. After the dismissal, he went into exile in Egypt where he set up the Front for the Liberation of South Yemen with Nasser’s backing.

Two years later, the British government declared South Yemen an independent state under the Marxist National Liberation Front, Makkawi’s bitter enemy.

Since then, Makkawi lived in exile in Egypt and turned down appeals by the current Yemeni government to return home.

Roberto Palma Galvez

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ Roberto Palma Galvez, Honduras’ former foreign minister and a member of the military junta that toppled a dictator in the 1950s, died Wednesday. He was 71.

Palma Galvez was secretary in the military junta that ousted dictator Julio Lozano Diaz in 1956. As foreign minister under Honduras’ military-led government, Palma Galvez orchestrated peace efforts with El Salvador after the Salvadoran army invaded Honduras, provoking a 100-hour war in 1969.

Palma Galvaz also served as military attache for the Honduran embassies in Guatemala and Mexico.

Donald Francis Smith

ATLANTA (AP) _ Donald Francis Smith, a veteran ABC newsman who retired from WXIA-TV four years ago, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 69.

Smith worked for ABC for 19 years, including stints in its Atlanta and Washington news bureaus. He was among the journalists to travel with President Nixon on his history-making trip to China in 1972, and he reported on the Communist takeover of South Vietnam in 1975.

Smith went to work for WXIA in 1982. Before his retirement, he was editor of the station’s early morning newscast.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Smith, a daughter, three sons, a brother and two grandchildren.