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James Altgens

December 15, 1995 GMT

DALLAS (AP) _ Photographer James W. ``Ike″ Altgens, who documented President Kennedy’s assassination for The Associated Press, died Tuesday. He was 76.

A relative found the bodies of Altgens and his wife, Clara, 73, in their home Tuesday. The cause of death was not known.

Altgens was taking pictures of the Kennedy motorcade downtown at Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963, when the president was shot. Altgens raced to a telephone and provided the first word to AP editors that Kennedy had been struck by gunfire and seriously wounded.

Altgens also took a famous photo of Mrs. Kennedy on her hands and knees on the trunk of the car and an agent climbing onto the rear bumper.

Altgens later testified before the Warren Commission, the panel that concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in firing the fatal bullets from the nearby Texas Schoolbook Depository building.

Altgens, a Dallas native, worked for the AP for more than 40 years, from 1938 to 1979.

He is survived by three nephews. His wife also is survived by two sisters.

Michael Emery

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Michael Emery, a journalism scholar and professor at California State University, died of cancer Wednesday. He was 55.

Emery was editor of ``Readings in Mass Communications: Concepts and Issues in the Mass Media,″ which is in its third edition.

He and his father, Edwin, wrote ``The Press and America,″ a journalism textbook now in its eighth printing that has been used at more than 200 colleges and universities.

His latest work is ``On the Front Lines: Following America’s Foreign Correspondents Across the 20th Century,″ published this year.

Emery began his career in 1961 with United Press International, staying for three years. He began teaching at California State University, Northridge, in 1968.

Emery also reported for Los Angeles radios stations and CBS News.

He is survived by his wife, Lulu, five children and two sisters.

Roland Gittelsohn

BOSTON (AP) _ Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn, a religious scholar who served as Marine Corps chaplain during the battle of Iwo Jima, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Gittelsohn served at Boston’s Temple Israel from 1953 until his retirement in 1977. From 1936 to 1953, he served as rabbi of Central Synagogue of Nassau County in Rockville Center, N.Y.


Although he was a pacifist, he served as chaplain with the 5th Marine Division during World War II. His widely quoted address at the opening of the Marine cemetery on the island began:

``This was the grimmest and surely the holiest task we have faced since D-Day. Here before us lie the bodies of our comrades and friends. Men who until yesterday, or last week, laughed with us, joked with us, trained with us.″

He was awarded three combat ribbons for his military service.

Last February, at the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima, he delivered the benediction at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Va.

Gittlesohn was appointed by President Truman to a committee studying civil rights issues.

Later, he studied and lectured on U.S. involvement in Vietnam, euthanasia, Israeli politics and family relationships and was author of numerous studies and books.

Andrew Lytle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Andrew Lytle, the last surviving member of an influential Southern writers movement called the Agrarians, died Tuesday. He was 92.

In 1930, Lytle contributed one of the 12 essays that comprised the collection called ``I’ll Take My Stand.″ During the Depression, the essays sparked debate about the agrarian vs. industrial way of life.

The Agrarian movement, based at Vanderbilt University in the 1930s, included noted authors Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom and Allen Tate.

The Agrarians argued that technology was creating an industrial wasteland with centralized politics and standardized culture.

Lytle taught at the University of the South in Sewanee where he edited The Sewanee Review literary magazine from 1942-44. He also founded the writing program at the University of Florida in 1948.

He returned to Sewanee’s faculty in the ’60s.

His four novels include ``The Long Night″ and ``The Velvet Horn.″

Denny McGonagle

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) _ Denny McGonagle, a professional golfer who once served as a caddy for President Harding, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Denny McGonagle, a PGA golf pro for 62 years was a caddy for golf champion Bobby Jones.

McGonagle is a member of the PGA Hall of Fame and the Butler County Hall of Fame.