Ferdinand Lundberg, 92, an iconoclastic journalist who...


March 05, 1995

Ferdinand Lundberg, 92, an iconoclastic journalist who wrote books denouncing the rich for their grip on the economy and politics, died Wednesday in New York after a brief illness. In a 1936 book, he painted a scathing picture of America's richest publisher, William Randolph Hearst. And in his 1976 book, "The Rockefeller Syndrome," he accuses the family of "ultimate involvement in the very warp and woof of the established order at every level."

Albert B. Alkek, 85, an oilman and philanthropist who helped build Texas' first petroleum products pipeline and whose $77 FTC million helped expand the nation's largest hospital complex, died Wednesday in Houston. Forbes magazine estimated his net worth in 1987 at $310 million. He donated large amounts for scientific study, the arts and education. His name is on three medical facilities at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Harry Geise, 75, one of the first weather broadcasters to make long-term forecasts on radio and television, has died. The meteorologist started giving his broadcasts on WLS radio in Chicago in 1941. Those broadcasts ended in early 1942, though, when it was determined that they were helping German U-Boat commanders on their Atlantic patrols during World War II. After ,, the war, he became one of the first television weathermen on KNXT-TV, now KCBS-TV, in Los Angeles.

Georges Koehler, 48, who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize for medicine, died Wednesday of a lung infection in Freiburg, Germany. He was director of the Max Planck Institute for Immune Biology at Freiburg, where he studied before he began working in the 1970s with Cesar Milstein at Cambridge in Britain on the fusion of white blood cells. They developed a method of producing large quantities of monoclonal antibodies, which have many uses in diagnosis and treatment of illnesses. They shared the Nobel Prize with Niels K. Jerne.

Horace Sheffield Jr., 79, United Auto Workers and civil rights activist who helped campaign for voting rights in the South and racial justice within his own union, died Wednesday in Detroit. He went to work at Ford Motor Co. complex at age 18, campaigned within the UAW for promotion of blacks and women. He helped establish the UAW Inter-Racial Committee, the forerunner of the union's Civil Rights Department, in 1941. He also helped found the National Association of Black Trade Unionists and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

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