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Russell Rowan; Burbank Civic Leader

Obituaries

December 04, 1998

Russell G. Rowan, 87, Burbank accountant active in community organizations. A native of Oak Park, Ill., Rowan studied accounting at the University of Chicago, the Lewis Business Institute in Chicago and Northwestern University. During World War II, he served as an auditor for the U.S. Department of War. He moved to Los Angeles to establish his accounting business. He was still working as a public accountant from his Burbank office when he died. Rowan was active in Lions Clubs for 50 years, serving as local president and attending more than 25 international conventions around the world. Also a Mason, he was a 32-degree life member of the Pasadena Scottish Rite and a life member of Al Malaikah Shrine Temple. On Saturday of congestive heart failure.

Otto Teller; Fly Fisherman and Conservationist

Otto Teller, 90, fly fisherman and conservationist who helped establish fishing groups and nature reserves. Born in Cleveland, Teller attended UC Berkeley and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked to create nature reserves in Sonoma County and in southern Montana. He was a founding member and former president of Trout Unlimited, helped create the American League of Anglers and was the first president of the Salmonid Foundation. On Tuesday in Sonoma, Calif.

Matt Reese; Political Consultant to the Kennedys

Matt Reese, 71, political consultant who gained national fame promoting Sen. John F. Kennedy for president. A veteran of more than 450 political campaigns over his career, Reese was the organizer of volunteers for Kennedy in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary in 1960. He marshaled enough grass-roots support to capture the state for Kennedy, demonstrating that the senator's Catholicism would probably not prevent him from being elected president. Four years later, Reese ran the voter registration division of the Democratic National Committee, adding 4 million voters to the rolls. Among candidates he helped put in office were Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, John Glenn, and former House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. He was one of the first to combine polling, demographic data and computer techniques to identify issues important to voters. On Tuesday in McLean, Va., of a heart attack after suffering from lung cancer.

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