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Obituaries in the News

May 10, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Hideo Hamamura, who won the 1955 Boston Marathon, died Sunday of cancer. He was 71.

Hamamura finished in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 22 seconds to set what was then a course record, beating the old mark by 29 seconds.

Benefiting from a light rain and a soft tail wind, Hamamura, then 26, was never challenged over the final four miles of the race to become the third of seven Japanese champions in the 104-year history of the Boston Marathon.

Richard Heyza

SEATTLE (AP) _ Richard ``Dick″ Heyza, who saw life through his camera in more than half a century as a newspaper photographer in Detroit and Seattle, died Sunday of complications following knee surgery. He was 72.

At age 16 Heyza was an errand boy at the now-defunct Detroit Times and eventually worked his way up to a job as photographer.

In 1961 he moved to Seattle and taught photography at the University of Washington for a year until a position opened at the Times.

Along the way he was punched in the face by Detroit mobsters, trampled by Special Olympics runners and attacked outside a Seattle courtroom.

After winning a number of awards, Heyza retired in 1991. He donated a variety of prints to the new Hollywood Museum.

Survivors include his daughter, three sisters and two brothers.

Warren Jobe

FOSSIL, Ore. (AP) _ One of the oldest veterans of World War I, Warren Jobe, died Thursday of congestive heart failure. He was 110.

Warren Jobe received his basic training near the end of the war, but the war ended before he saw combat. He was mustered out of the Army in 1918 in Tacoma, Wash.

After leaving the Army, Jobe homesteaded in Eastern Oregon and kept cattle, sheep and horses.

During the Great Depression, he was forced to leave the homestead and take a job at a sawmill in Kinzua, 11 miles south of Fossil.

Marcia Kaplan

HARRISBURG, Pa.,(AP) _ Marcia Kaplan, an award-winning television reporter most well-known as the hostess of central Pennsylvania’s ``Romper Room,″ died Sunday of complications from ocular melanoma. She was believed to be in her late-60s.

Kaplan was the first woman to appear on a hard news television program in central Pennsylvania and won several awards for news and public service during a 15-year broadcast journalism career.

But she was most recognized as Miss Marcia on the local children’s show ``Romper Room″ in the 1960s. For eight years, Kaplan was a teacher who entertained youngsters in the studio audience with the help of ``Do Bee″ and ``Don’t Bee.″ She talked to children watching from home by pretending to view them through a magic mirror.

After ``Romper Room,″ she was the hostess of ``That’s Life,″ ``From Where I Sit″ and ``Take 5.″

Kaplan was the first television journalist to win the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s William A. Schnader Award in 1974 and was the 1975 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Gavel award.

In 1983, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters cited Kaplan’s ``Take 5″ as the Best Community Services program in the state. She was the recipient of the first National Public Affairs award given by the federal government in the mid-Atlantic region.

She is survived by a brother, sister and two grandchildren.

John P. Robin

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ John P. Robin, a driving force behind the city’s transformation from a smokestack town to a modern urban center, died Sunday. He was 87.

Although he never held elected office, Robin played a key role in the development of the city’s skyline during his 50-year career as a civic leader. The developments he helped guide include Gateway Center, Point State Park and the Light Rail Transit system.

Robin served in numerous positions, including executive secretary to two Pittsburgh mayors, the first executive director of the Urban Redevelopment of Pittsburgh and chairman of the Port Authority for nearly 20 years. He was the primary supporter of the city’s Renaissance rebuilding efforts in the 1940s and 1950s and again in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ruth D. Turner

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Ruth D. Turner, a Harvard University professor and diver who became an expert in wood-eating mollusks, died April 30. She was 85.

Turner, affectionately called Lady Wormwood, wrote more than 100 publications, almost all of them on teredos, a species of mollusks commonly called shipworms.

Shipworms are known for devouring sunken ships and wooden piers.

Turner worked with Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic, and determined that shipworms were the reason so little wood remained in the wreck.

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