Milliard Guy Simmons,82, whom some called the poet...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 01, 1997

Milliard Guy Simmons,82, whom some called the poet laureate of rural America, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease in Florence, Ala. His poetry about farm topics such as hard work, country preachers and old mules was published by the Memphis Press-Scimitar and Ford Farming Magazine, which dubbed him rural America's poet.

Lael Wertenbaker,87, a celebrated author whom the Nazis called a dangerous woman, died of lung cancer March 24 in Keene, N.H. Mrs. Wertenbaker reported on the rise of Nazi Germany as a correspondent for Time magazine. When an official of the German propaganda ministry pronounced her dangerous, she accepted that as a badge of honor.

She also wrote "Death of a Man," her 1957 account of husband Charles Wertenbaker's struggle with colon cancer.

Paul Denis,86, a former Billboard magazine editor and television writer, died in the Bronx on Wednesday. He worked for Billboard from 1931 to 1943, first as an associate editor, then as managing editor. He wrote six books, including "Inside the Soaps."

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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