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April 13, 2010
Al Reser Donor aided Oregon State Al Reser, 74, a food company executive and Oregon State University benefactor whose name is on the school's football stadium, died Monday in his sleep at his vacation home in Sarasota, Fla., said a spokeswoman for Reser's Fine Foods. He helped to turn a family potato salad recipe into a food empire and gave millions to the school, his alma mater. Among the Resers' donations were $10.65 million to help build the Linus Pauling Science Center and more than $15 million to athletics.
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March 9, 2010
Herbert Zeitlin , a longtime educational administrator who was president of West Los Angeles College in the 1970s, died March 2 of colon cancer at his home in Woodland Hills, said his daughter, Joyce Zeitlin Harris. He was 91. -- times staff and wire reports news.obits@latimes.com
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March 8, 2010
Violet Weber Fashion editor Violet Weber, 94, fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times' Home magazine from 1964 to 1975, died Feb. 22 at a Los Angeles nursing home from complications of old age, said her niece, Sue Kirschman. Born in 1915 in Sugar Grove, Pa., Weber moved to California during World War II to work in the burgeoning defense industry. Soon she began working as a publicist for MGM studios. Weber's interest in women's fashion led her to The Times' Home magazine, where she was responsible for the publication's extensive fashion stories and photo layouts.
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March 8, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Philip Langridge, the British tenor who won praise for his vocal versatility and subtle characterization, has died. He was 70. Langridge died Friday after a short battle with cancer, the Royal Opera House announced. His death "leaves a large hole in the world's music," composer Harrison Birtwistle said. Langridge was born Dec. 16, 1939, in Hawkhurst, southern England, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He began his career as an orchestral violinist, but turned to singing, making his professional operatic debut in Richard Strauss' "Capriccio" at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1964.
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February 19, 2010
A memorial service for television producer and executive David Gerber, who died Jan. 2 at age 86, will be held Tuesday morning at 20th Century Fox Studios' Darryl F. Zanuck Theatre. Anyone interested in attending must call the studio at (866) 922-8923 by Sunday.
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February 17, 2010 | By Elaine Woo
Beth Shulman, a Washington, D.C., labor lawyer and author who championed the rights and welfare of low-wage earners, died Feb. 5 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was 60. Diagnosed last fall with a malignant brain tumor, she died of complications of pneumonia, said family spokeswoman Rochelle Lefkowitz. "Beth was a visionary, activist, strategist and chronicler on behalf of workers throughout her career," said Kathy Bonk, executive director of Communications Consortium/DC, a public interest media group that collaborated with Shulman on the Fairness Initiative on Low-Wage Work, a combined effort by 20 nonprofit organizations.
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February 11, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Bobby Hoy, a renowned stuntman who also acted, most memorably as a ranch hand on the television series "The High Chaparral," has died. He was 82. Hoy, who co-founded the Stuntmen's Assn. of Motion Pictures, died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from cancer, said his wife, Kiva. He lived in Sherman Oaks. The New York City native was known in Hollywood for his natural ability with horses, a talent nurtured during a childhood often spent on a ranch in the Catskill Mountains.
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January 14, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Donald E. Goerke, the Campbell Soup Co. executive who hit the bull's-eye of prepared foods by overseeing the creation of the kid-friendly circular pasta called SpaghettiOs, has died. He was 83. Gorke died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Delran, N.J., a Campbell spokeswoman confirmed. In the mid-1960s, Goerke -- pronounced GUHR-kee -- was dubbed "the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs" for leading the team charged with creating an easy-to-eat canned pasta. Hundreds of shapes were proposed during the yearlong debate, but Goerke ended the chatter by saying, "Enough already!
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December 9, 2009
Funeral services for William A. Wilson, a Los Angeles businessman and a member of President Reagan's "kitchen cabinet" who was the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City. Wilson, 95, died of cancer Saturday in Carmel Valley, Calif., where he had a home.
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December 5, 2009
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 for Avery Clayton, who established a library and museum to showcase his mother's major collection of African American artifacts. The service will be at Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City. Clayton died Thanksgiving Day at age 62. Instead of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, 4130 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230.
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