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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Aaron Bell, 82, a bassist who played with Duke Ellington and other musical greats, died Monday in New York City. The cause of death was not reported. Bell was Ellington's bassist from 1960 to 1962 and later worked with Ellington as an arranger. He also recorded with Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Miles Davis and Sammy Davis Jr., among others. A native of Muskogee, Okla., Bell served in the military during World War II and was assigned to play in a Navy band in Indiana.
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BUSINESS
August 22, 1989 | CHRIS KRAUL
Rohr Industries announced Monday that chairman and chief executive Harry W. Todd will resign effective Jan. 1. The Rohr board of directors has named Robert H. Goldsmith, Rohr's president and chief operating officer, to succeed Todd. Todd, 67, joined Rohr in 1980 as chief operating officer and president. He became chairman and chief executive in 1982. Before joining Rohr, Todd spent 30 years at Rockwell International in management and engineering positions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2008 | Valerie J. Nelson
Frederick Dumas, a school administrator who in the 1960s was the first director of Operation Head Start in Los Angeles County and who co-founded an organization to push for equal treatment of minority teachers and students in Los Angeles schools, has died. He was 92. Dumas died Dec. 15 of complications related to Alzheimer's disease and old age at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, said his daughter Diann Dumas.
NEWS
December 8, 1991 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY
Attorney Edwin Marzec has been reappointed by Supervisor Deane Dana to serve on the Los Angeles County Commission on Judicial Procedures. Marzec, a resident of Santa Monica, has been in private practice since 1976 with an emphasis on corporate law, commercial transactions, and international business and transactions. He received undergraduate and master's degrees in business administration from USC and earned a law degree from the university's California Law Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A funeral Mass will be said Saturday for Sam Douglas, who was one of the Valley's oldest public school teachers when he retired at age 73. Douglas, who injected logic and philosophy into his math classes at Cleveland High School, died Oct. 6 from complications of a recent stroke, said his niece, Maureen Douglas. He was 80. Born in Newelton, La., Douglas graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans and started teaching high school in 1949 in his home state.
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NATIONAL
December 8, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ten people will receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on Dec. 15, the White House announced Thursday. This year's recipients include blues musician B.B. King; historian David McCullough, who has written several biographies of presidents; and the late John "Buck" O'Neil, a Negro League star and the first black Major League Baseball coach. Others to be honored are: * Natan Sharansky, a Soviet dissident and former gulag prisoner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Rev. Marshall Truehill Jr., 60, a New Orleans activist and religious leader who protested the destruction of low-income housing after Hurricane Katrina, died after a heart attack on Christmas Day in New Orleans. Truehill was known for his ministry in public housing projects, and, since 1973, he had pursued improving the quality of life for residents. Truehill was appointed by former Mayor Marc Morial to the City Planning Commission in 1998. Truehill used his knowledge of planning and public policy, with firsthand experience of New Orleans neighborhoods and its people, to promote economic development and commerce while preserving the character and integrity of the city's historic neighborhoods.
NEWS
April 1, 1990 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sister Thea Bowman, the Roman Catholic nun who was sometimes called "a black American Mother Teresa" for her efforts on behalf of blacks and women, has died after a long struggle with cancer. She was 52. She died Friday at her home in Canton, Miss., near Jackson. The lecturer, evangelist, poet and singer had first suffered breast cancer several years ago and had been confined to a wheelchair since the disease spread to her bones.
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