Hulda Crooks,101, the oldest woman to scale Mount Fuji and...

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November 27, 1997

Hulda Crooks,101, the oldest woman to scale Mount Fuji and Mount Whitney and whose frequent ventures up the nation's tallest peak outside Alaska earned her the title "Grandma Whitney," died Sunday in Loma Linda, Calif. She had 23 successful climbs to the top of 14,495-foot Mount Whitney -- including her first ascent at age 66 in 1962 -- and one ascent up 12,388-foot Mount Fuji. She became the oldest woman to scale the two peaks at age 91 in 1987.

Edward L. Mears,89, retired vice president of W. R. Grace & Co. in Cambridge, Mass., died Saturday in Lansdale, Pa.

John Brown Erwin,89, a vice president of the Greensboro-area chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 43 years, died of lung disease Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.

Jaroslav Pechacek,86, a former director of Radio Free Europe in the former Czechoslovakia who was imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, died of pneumonia Thursday in Atlanta.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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