Raymond Hurlbert,94, the father of Alabama's public...

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November 13, 1996

Raymond Hurlbert,94, the father of Alabama's public broadcasting system, died Monday in Birmingham, Ala., of cancer. He was a key player in ensuring that Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.

Mr. Hurlbert began his career in education as a biology teacher in 1924. After serving as president of the Alabama Education Association, he was appointed by Gov. Gordon Persons in 1953 to secure funding for the construction of public broadcasting stations and programming centers across the state.

The Alabama Network, the nation's first educational television network, became a model for other public broadcasting systems in the United States and abroad.

Agnes Reuwer Carpenter,81, whose son and daughter formed one of the most popular musical acts of the 1970s, The Carpenters, died Sunday in Downey, Calif., after a long illness. She and her husband, Raymond, adopted a daughter, Joan, in 1937, and had two children, Karen and Richard, who went on to become The Carpenters.

Allen W. Jacobson,94, who directed Boeing Co. warplane development during World War II and helped bring civilian aircraft into the jet age, died Nov. 4 in Seattle. He went to work for Douglas Aircraft in 1934, when wood was still used in airplane frames.

Carmell Jones,60, a trumpet player renowned in the international jazz community, died Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. He played with many jazz greats in New York and Los Angeles and spent almost 20 years playing the trumpet in Germany, where he performed with several bands, including the Radio Free Europe Band.

Eric Reissner,83, a mathematician and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at San Diego, died of cancer Nov. 1 in New York. He was professor emeritus of applied mechanics at UCSD. He published more than 300 articles in scientific and technical journals and wrote a theory that describes mathematically what happens to a flat surface when a force is applied.

Pub Date: 11/13/96

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