Grace Hefner,101, an early investor in her son's Playboy...

Death Elsewhere

March 24, 1997

Grace Hefner,101, an early investor in her son's Playboy magazine who even helped pay for the magazine's first issue, died Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Commenting on her death, Playboy Publisher Hugh Hefner said his mother had wished he had become a missionary instead.

Frank Shomo,108, the last known survivor of the 1889 Johnstown Flood, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, died Thursday in Blairsville, Pa. He was an infant when the earthen South Fork Dam in Cambria County collapsed and released a wall of water that killed 2,209 people in southwestern Pennsylvania. Mr. Shomo also survived two other major floods, in 1936 in Johnstown and in 1977. He retired in 1955 from a 45-year career with the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Benjamin L. Perry Jr.,79, former president of Florida A&M University, died Friday in Tallahassee, Fla., from injuries suffered when he was hit by a car nearly two weeks ago.

Pub Date: 3/24/97

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