* Everett "Jake" Jacobs, 68, a veteran Los Angeles radio...


November 06, 1992

* Everett "Jake" Jacobs, 68, a veteran Los Angeles radio and TV newsman, died Oct. 29 of cancer. He joined KNX radio in 1963 and later worked for the West Coast bureau of CBS. He joined KNXT-TV in 1969, returning to the radio station in 1973. He retired from KNX in 1989.

* John T. Hughes, 64, an expert in photographic intelligence who, in a 1963 broadcast, briefed the nation about the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Oct. 27. Mr. Hughes retired in 1984 as deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Over the years he briefed Presidents Kennedy, Ford, Carter and Reagan on aerial intelligence photographs of Soviet military installations and other sensitive matters. In October 1962, as special assistant to the agency's director, Mr. Hughes used photographs taken from a U-2 spy plane to determine that the Soviets were placing nuclear missiles in Cuba. The Cuban missile crisis ended with an agreement by the Soviets to remove the weapons.

* Ted Thomas, 88, a Broadway and Hollywood producer, died of a heart attack Oct. 28 at his home in Van Nuys, Calif. Mr. Thomas, whose name was originally Theodore Hertzl Thomashefsky, was the youngest son of Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, pioneers of American Yiddish theater. He began his career at age 19 as assistant stage manager for Max Reinhardt's production of "The Miracle." He moved to California in the late 1930s as Paul Muni's personal producer. He became a story editor and screen-test director for several motion-picture studios and also wrote for television.

* Abigail Adams Eliot, a social worker who became a nationally known authority on early childhood education, died of a heart attack Oct. 29 at the New England Deaconess Home, a nursing home in Concord, Mass. She had celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 9. Dr. Eliot became active in the field after World War I, when the first few nursery schools with child-study centers were set up in the United States. After enrolling in the early 1920s at the Rachel MacMillan School and Training Center in London, one of the few schools that then trained nursery school teachers, Dr. Eliot returned to the United States, and she and Elizabeth W. Pearson, a Boston philanthropist, founded the Ruggles Street Nursery School in the Roxbury section of Boston. It taught children and also provided teacher-training in early childhood education. In later years Dr. Eliot's institution evolved, becoming successively the Ruggles Street Nursery School and Training Center and the Nursery Training School of Boston. She was its director from 1922 until she retired in 1952.

* John C. Kingery, 82, an Alzheimer's patient whose daughter was arrested after he was abandoned at an Idaho racetrack in March, died Oct. 26. He was removed from an Oregon nursing home and left at the Coeur d'Alene dog track with a note taped to his wheelchair that identified him as John King. The labels had been cut from his clothing, and a bag of diapers was next to his chair. His other children recognized him from news accounts and took him to live with them. Sue Gifford, a daughter by a different marriage, was charged with kidnapping Mr. Kingery and was arrested in June. She pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree kidnapping and perjury, and her trial is scheduled for Nov. 17.

* Lonnie Carney, a boy whose bout with a rare genetic disease prompted promises to win a football game from the Washington Redskins' quarterback and coach, died Saturday at age 13. Lonnie, who was a devoted Redskins' fan, suffered from progeria, a disorder that caused him to age 10 times faster than normal. On Dec. 13, 1991, coach Joe Gibbs and quarterback Mark Rypien visited Lonnie at his home and promised to win that weekend's game for him. They did, beating the New York Giants 34-17.

* Robert Blattner II, 40, president of MCA Home Video, was killed Oct. 31 in a plane crash in Grand Junction, Colo.

* Russell J. Cooper, 74, the founder, owner and president of the Consolidated Metals Corp. in Dover, N.J., died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Essex Fells, N.J.

* Luigi Provasoli, 84, a biologist who advised the U.S. government on nutrition, oil spills and the oceans, died Oct. 30 at his home in Comerio, Italy, of a heart attack. His death was reported Wednesday by Haskins Laboratories of New Haven, Conn. Mr. Provasoli was affiliated with Haskins, a not-for-profit organization, from 1951 to 1981. He also did research and taught at Yale University from 1970 until he retired in 1987. In the 1960s, he served three presidents on their Science Advisory Committees, dealing with food resources, oil spills and uses of the seas. In 1982 he received a National Academy of Sciences award.

* Maximilian Becker, a literary agent who produced several Broadway plays in the 1940s and '50s, died of kidney failure Tuesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was 89 years old and lived in New York City. In 1947 Mr. Becker, as a co-producer of the Jacques Deval play "Bathsheba," enticed James Mason, the English film star, and his wife, the actress Pamela Kellino, to make their American debuts as King David and Bathsheba.

* Freddie Moore, 92, a jazz drummer whose career spanned seven decades, died on Tuesday at his home in the Bronx, N.Y. Mr. Moore, whose career began when he was a teen-ager in traveling minstrel shows, performed with such jazz men as Sidney Bechet, King Oliver, Art Hodes, Eubie Blake, Bob Wilber and Roy Eldridge.

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