Edward Thorgerson, 95, a pioneer radio announcer who...

Deaths Elsewhere

December 27, 1997

Edward Thorgerson, 95, a pioneer radio announcer who helped bring news of the Lindbergh kidnapping to the country, died at his home in Wolfeboro, N.H., Monday.

Thorgerson was a sports and news announcer in the early days '' of radio and later became a familiar voice to millions of moviegoers as the newsreel announcer for Fox Movietone News.

As a young announcer for NBC, where he began his career in 1927, Thorgerson broadcast live from Hopewell, N.J., when aviator Charles Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped in March 1932.

Margaret Storrs Grierson, 97, former archivist of Smith College in Massachusetts who built its Sophia Smith Collection into an international research center, died Dec. 12 at the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds, Mass.

From the modest beginning of the collection until she retired in 1965, Grierson traveled the world to document the experience of women from the Colonial era to the present. The collection stretches over about 5,500 feet of shelves and includes materials about women's rights, suffrage, birth control, the women's movement of recent years and women in the arts.

Veronica Geng, 56, an accomplished parodist who spun out biting pieces for the New Yorker magazine based on chance remarks by hapless politicians and the banalities of wedding announcements, died on Wednesday of a brain tumor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

As a writer of "casuals," the short articles that appear in the magazine, she carried on in the tradition of such humorists as S. J. Perelman.

Pub Date: 12/27/97

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