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Obituaries in the News

June 16, 1998 GMT

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Lucio Costa, an architect and urban planner who helped design the capital of Brasilia, died Saturday. He was 96.

Costa gained nationwide fame when he designed the capital of Brasilia with architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1957.

John N. Krier

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ John N. Krier, a leading movie industry analyst whose box office reports were closely watched by Hollywood moguls and film fans, died Saturday at age 89.

Frequently quoted by the news media, Krier was owner and president of Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc., the nation’s oldest box office tracking firm, established in 1974. The company tracks box office performances of movies for studios, theaters and news media.

Krier got into the theater business n the 1930s. After managing a growing chain of theaters, he was named vice president and general manager of Intermountain Theatres in 1955. He moved to the ABC California theater company in 1972 and held the same title.

In 1978 he joined Exhibitor Relations Co., and took over as president in 1982.

Evan Whallon

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Evan Whallon, music director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for 26 years, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack on Friday. He was 74.

Whallon, who led the orchestra from 1956-1982, started in 1951 as music director of the Springfield Symphony. He moved to Columbus five years later.

Whallon appeared on podiums of symphonies and opera companies around the world. He was a guest conducter of the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Budapest and Prague symphony orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

He led productions for the Cleveland Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Fort Worth (Texas) Opera.

Fred Wiche

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Fred Wiche, the popular ``Weekend Gardener″ who dispensed advice on everything from aphids to zinnias on radio and television shows, died of cancer Monday. He was 66.

Wiche’s daily gardening reports on WHAS-TV and radio turned into a cottage industry with newspaper columns, books, calendars, and a lawn and garden exposition.

When his career began 40 years ago, Wiche focused on news, covering the General Assembly and politics as well as anchoring the news.


But it was his gardening reports that made him an institution in Louisville and beyond. Wiche turned his gardening hobby into a job in 1979 when he became the farm and garden director. His ``Gardening Almanac″ sold by the thousands.

Lewis Young

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lewis Young, a former editor in chief of Business Week magazine who was among the first financial journalists to pay close attention to technology and computers, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 73.

At the time of his death, Young was editorial director of Electronic News.

He was trained in engineering and physics, and was one of the first business magazine editors to give prominent coverage to technology, electronics and computers.

During his 15 years as Business Week’s top editor, he also coordinated the magazine’s coverage of big economic stories like the mid-1970s recession, the Arab oil embargo, and the New York City financial crisis.

He left Business Week in 1984 to start the magazine Far East Business in Hong Kong. He also served as editor in chief of Electronics Magazine.

In 1989, Young joined Cahners Publishing, where he directed Asian operations and served as editorial director of Cahners’ Electronic Business Asia. He moved to Electronic News last year.

Young is survived by his wife, Joanne, a daughter and a sister.

Jerald L. Ziegman

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Jerald L. Ziegman, a screenwriter who worked on the television program ``Peyton Place,″ died Friday at age 61.

Ziegman, who lived in Los Angeles, also worked on ``Bracken’s World″ and ``Marcus Welby, M.D.,″ as well as several episodes of the miniseries ``Centennial.″

His 30-year career in films began when he graduated from Cornell University in 1959 and was hired as a dialogue coach for the movie ``Exodus.″

Ziegman founded an artists’ colony in Malibu, Calif., and ran it for 20 years before returning to Omaha in 1988, where he ultimately worked as a novelist.