Bertha Woodard, 83, dubbed the matriarch of the Reno...

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September 23, 1999

Bertha Woodard, 83, dubbed the matriarch of the Reno, Nev., chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died Sept. 16 in Reno. She worked as a nurse but dedicated her life to organizing sit-ins and leading pickets to protest racism. She petitioned the Reno City Council in 1959 to lift a ban on minorities in casinos and helped lead an effort to remove signs from Reno stores that read, "No Indians, Negroes or Dogs."

John W. Vanderhoff,74, former chief scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration project that developed what was believed to be the first product made in space, died Sept. 16 in Bethlehem, Pa.

Pub Date: 9/23/99

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