Jeanne Hurley Simon, 77, a literacy advocate and the...

Deaths Elsewhere

February 21, 2000

Jeanne Hurley Simon, 77, a literacy advocate and the wife of former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Paul Simon, died yesterday, friends said.

Mrs. Simon, who had surgery on a brain tumor in September, died at home in Carbondale, Ill., site of Southern Illinois University, where she and her husband taught. She helped him set up the Public Policy Institute at the university, where she was an adjunct professor of library affairs, after he retired from the Senate in 1997.

She served as chairwoman of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science since 1993. She championed literacy programs and promoted funding for libraries as well as teaching library science at the Illinois school.

Born on Chicago's North Shore to a family of lawyers, Jeanne Hurley graduated from Northwestern University Law School and became a county prosecutor in Chicago in 1952. In 1956, she was elected to the Illinois General Assembly, where she met her future husband, whom she married in 1960.

She campaigned energetically with her husband in his failed attempt to capture the Democratic nomination for president in 1988, in which he finished strongly in a few early primary contests before dropping out.

She is survived by her husband, a son and a daughter.

Bob Hite Sr., 86, whose rich baritone voice brought children scrambling to the radio at the start of "The Lone Ranger" -- with a booming "From out of the past came the thundering hoof beats of the great horse Silver!" -- died Friday at the Hospice of Palm Beach County, Fla., two days after he slipped into a coma. Mr. Hite, an Indiana native, was a young man in the 1930s when he went to work at Detroit radio station WXYZ. There, he announced "The Lone Ranger" and other radio shows, including "The Green Hornet."

"He could read you the phone book and make you want to buy the numbers," fellow radioman Dick Osgood wrote in "Wixy Wonderland," a book about WXYZ.

During World War II, Mr. Hite worked for CBS in New York, where he kept radio listeners informed about the war with reports from journalists on the front lines. He also announced the war's end.

When a young Frank Sinatra appeared with the Tommy Dorsey band for the first time, Mr. Hite introduced him.

Dr. Martin T. Orne, a psychiatrist whose work on hypnosis helped limit its role in criminal investigations, died of cancer in Philadelphia Friday.

He gained fame for his role in two high-profile criminal cases in California in the 1970s and 1980s: the Patricia Hearst kidnapping and bank robbery, and the Hillside Strangler serial killings. Dr. Orne testified that Hearst had been brainwashed during captivity before she robbed a San Francisco bank in March 1976. In 1979, he proved that Kenneth Bianchi, the prime suspect in the killing of 10 women in northeastern Los Angeles, was pretending to have multiple personalities to avoid prosecution.

Earl F. Riley, 79, a retired Superior Court judge who presided over early civil consumer protection trials involving asbestos and the Dalkon Shield, died yesterday in Los Angeles.

Sam Osman, 88, the founder of Job Lot Trading, an emporium with an unpredictable mix of inexpensive merchandise, died Tuesday in New York.

Fred W. Dyer Jr., 83, a pilot who flew a record 102 combat missions during World War II, died Feb. 12 in Golden, Colo. His combat flights with friend and fellow pilot George Wells are chronicled in NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's book, "The Greatest Generation."

Gen. Mohammed Fawzi, a former defense minister who oversaw the rebuilding of Egypt's army after its defeat in the 1967 Mideast war, died Wednesday in Cairo. The Middle East News Agency did not give the cause of death. However, the pro-government Al-Gomhuria reported Thursday that Fawzi died of kidney failure and heart problems.

John W. Hannon Jr., 77, former president and chief executive officer of Bankers Trust Co. of New York, died Feb. 14 in Seven Lakes, N.C.

Harry W. Prichett Sr.,79, a graphic artist and creator of the interactive television program "Winky Dink and You," died Feb. 5 in New York.

The program, which first aired in 1954, was television's first attempt at interactive broadcasting. The title character Winky would embark on adventures with his dog, Woofer. Winky usually ran into trouble and asked children to draw something on a specially designed screen mask, such as a bridge over a river.

William Oliver Swofford, 54, a singer who under the stage name Oliver had late-1960s hits with the songs "Good Morning, Starshine" and "Jean," died in Shreveport, La., on Feb. 12 of cancer.

Traci Taylor, 19, a teen-ager who spent her life helping sick children despite her 13-year battle with leukemia, died yesterday in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The Rev. Daniel Egan, 84, whose pioneering work with drug addicts and alcoholics earned him the nickname "Junkie Priest," died Feb. 10 in Garrison, N. Y.

Lord Kitchener, 77, a country boy with no musical training who rose to become the "Grand Master" of calypso in Trinidad and Tobago, died in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Feb. 11.

Born Aldwyn Roberts, he called himself Lord Kitchener after the British army officer who successfully waged a military campaign in the Sudan in 1898.

Ji Pengfei, 91, a former Chinese deputy premier and foreign minister and a veteran of the 1949 revolution, died Feb. 10 in Beijing. He was secretary-general of China's Cabinet, ambassador to East Germany and a member of the national legislature. In 1972, he headed China's delegation to the Vietnam Conference in Paris.

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