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Obituaries in the News

January 17, 2001

Arthur Applebaum

ST. PAUL (AP) _ Arthur Applebaum, whose innovations in frozen food helped revolutionize the supermarket industry, died Jan. 14 of kidney failure. He was 90.

Applebaum and his brothers built the Applebaum’s supermarket chain, which in 1982 became Rainbow Foods.

After he became the supervisor of frozen-foods departments at all the Applebaum’s supermarkets, Arthur Applebaum saw an opportunity for frozen orange juice and vegetables and other goods, even though consumers had little freezer space at the time.

He decided to buck food industry trends, and built more frozen-food space in the family’s supermarkets.

Bert Corona

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bert Corona, a civil rights activist and labor leader, died Jan. 15, nine days after returning from Mexico, where he had gone for treatment of several ailments. He was 82.

Corona served as both national and executive director of the nonprofit Hermandad organization of Spanish-speaking immigrants based in Los Angeles.

In Corona’s nearly 30 years with the advocacy and service group, he increased its membership to more than 50,000 families nationwide, said Juan Garcia, a board member.

The University of California Press published Corona’s autobiography, ``Memories of Chicano History,″ in 1993.

Philip L. Hansen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Philip L. Hansen, a leader in developing treatment for alcoholism and other addictions in Minnesota, died Jan. 14. He was 73.

He was a parish pastor in the American Lutheran Church for 18 years, but was perhaps best known for his fight against alcoholism.

Gordon Sprenger, former president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, asked Hansen to set up a chemical dependency program at the hospital. Hansen directed the program from 1970 to 1986.

He was known for taking people off the street late at night and driving them to treatment centers, and was fond of saying that alcoholism ``affected people from Yale to jail.″

Hansen wrote three books on alcoholism: ``Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired,″ ``Alcoholism: the Afflicted and the Affected″ and ``Tragedy of Abundance.″ He also lectured widely about chemical dependence.

F.X. Matt II

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) _ F.X. Matt II, a third generation brewer who helped his family business rebound and thrive, died Monday of complications from pneumonia. He was 67.

F.X. Matt II led the small but popular brewery founded in 1888 by his grandfather, F.X. Matt I, through hard economic times even as other tiny breweries across the nation folded.

Now in its 113th year, the company remains an important economic force here. After Matt and his siblings bought the brewery from a trust dominated by two generations of their grandfather’s descendants, it went from losing $1.3 million to near profitability in 20 months.

Herb Plambeck

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Herb Plambeck, a veteran Iowa farm broadcaster, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 15. He was 92.

Plambeck was farm director at WHO radio from 1936 to 1969, where he helped organize the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

Plambeck was a war correspondent for WHO during World War II and Vietnam. He also made an around-the-world tour to report on food and agriculture organizations, and served in Washington D.C. as an assistant to two agriculture secretaries.

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