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Obituaries in the News

February 17, 2000

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Phyllis Ann Cable, an award-winning reporter and city editor for The Daily Times, died Tuesday of cancer. She was 51.

She worked for the Times for 28 years.

In 1997, Cable won the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors’ Malcolm Law Memorial Award for a feature story about Alice Perkins, a girl born without a face.

More recently, she organized and helped write a series of stories in tribute to Cades Cove, the former settler’s community in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where her parents once lived.

She is survived by her mother, an aunt and uncle, and several nieces and nephews.

Louis E. de la Haba

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Louis E. de la Haba, an editorial consultant who formerly worked for The Associated Press and National Geographic Society, died Sunday of lung cancer. He was 69.

De la Haba joined the AP in 1957 and worked in bureaus in New York and Florida before transferring in 1961 to Washington, where he covered Latin American affairs until 1963.

He was a book and magazine writer and editor with the National Geographic Society from 1963 to 1985, later founding a publishing company that translated textbooks from English to Spanish for U.S. publishers. He closed that company in 1994, then continued to work as a consultant to book publishers until last year.

Fred W. Dyer Jr.

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) _ Fred W. Dyer Jr., a pilot who flew a record 102 combat missions during World War II, died Saturday. He was 83.

Dyer’s combat flights with friend and fellow pilot George Wells are chronicled in NBC anchor Tom Brokaw’s book, ``The Greatest Generation.″

Dyer enlisted in 1942 and in 1943 received the Distinguished Service Cross for action in Sicily. There, he refused to leave his plane after it caught fire until all other crew members were out.

He also was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Air Medal with 15 clusters.

Mohammed Fawzi

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Gen. Mohammed Fawzi, a former defense minister who oversaw the rebuilding of Egypt’s army after its defeat in the 1967 Mideast war, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Egypt’s then-President Gamal Abdel Nasser named Fawzi commander of the army after the 1967 war, in which Israeli forces captured the Sinai peninsula from Egypt and secured a cease-fire from the Arab armies in just six days. Fawzi’s No. 1 task was to rebuild and restore confidence in the shattered army.

The next year, Nasser appointed Fawzi to the Cabinet as defense minister, and he supervised the so-called war of attrition against Israeli forces along the Suez Canal.

In 1971 Nasser’s successor, President Anwar Sadat, fired and arrested Fawzi, accusing him of taking part in a coup plot.

Sadat later pardoned Fawzi, who spent the rest of his life lecturing and writing books on military affairs. He also joined the opposition Arab Nasserite Democratic Party and became a member of its political bureau.

John Gardiner

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) _ John Gardiner, who ran a string of tennis resorts and was coach to an array of the rich, powerful and famous, died Tuesday of complications from heart surgery. He was 82.

In 1957, Gardiner opened the Carmel Valley Tennis Ranch, later renamed John Gardiner Tennis Ranch, was a success.

Over the years, those who played at the ranch included presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan, entertainers Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and Dinah Shore, tennis greats Jack Kramer and Pancho Gonzales, former National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig.

By the late 1970s, Gardiner controlled 11 tennis resorts in eight states.

At his tennis resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., Gardiner started the annual Senators Cup Tournament, where U.S. senators played tennis to raise money for charity. Over 20 years, the tournament raised $4 million.

Chuck Hull

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Chuck Hull, a ring announcer for many of the big Las Vegas fights of the 1980s, died Tuesday. He was 75.

Hull, who estimated he was the ring announcer for at least 130 world title fights until he retired in 1995, worked such bouts as the first Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns and the Larry Holmes-Muhammad Ali and Holmes-Gerry Cooney fights.

Hull was also the boxing ring announcer for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and was the first sportscaster for KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.

Joseph J. Lipper

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Joseph J. Lipper, a former Associated Press newsman and later a vice president at Aerojet-General Corp., died Monday. He was 80.

Lipper joined the AP in the early 1950s, working first in the San Francisco bureau and later in Sacramento.

He had been with the AP nine years when he was hired by Aerojet, which built the engines that placed the Apollo astronauts in orbit around the moon. Lipper was eventually promoted to a vice president in 1985 and began teaching part-time at San Diego State University.

Lipper is survived by his wife, Donna; four children; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Karsten Solheim

PHOENIX (AP) _ Karsten Solheim, whose Ping Golf equipment company was the first to develop such concepts as heel-toe balance in putters and perimeter-weighed irons, died Wednesday of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

Solheim, the founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corp., was best known for his Ping Eye2 irons and his popular brand of putters that have been used to win more than 1,800 professional tournaments around the world.

He also had two college golf courses named after him, and he gave women’s golf an international presence by sponsoring the Solheim Cup, biennial matches between the United States and Europe.

Most of the innovations in today’s irons and putters were developed by Solheim, a native of Norway who left his job as a mechanical engineer with General Electric not long after he designed his first putter in 1959. The club made a distinctive ``ping″ when it made contact with the ball, which gave birth to the name.

He was the first to use investment casting, aimed at improving the consistency of irons. He also developed the concept of perimeter weighting, which distributes the weight of the iron to the outer edges to increase the sweet spot and allow more room for error.

And it was Solheim who first put an ``L″ on a high-lofted club that has become part of golf’s glossary _ the lob wedge.

Among his numerous honors, Solheim in 1996 received the Ernie Sabayrac Award from the PGA of America for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.

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