Elsewhere Don Baker, 52, a journalist known as a...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 22, 2000


Don Baker, 52, a journalist known as a defender of laws aimed at keeping government meetings and records open to the public, died Sunday in Salt Lake City. Mr. Baker had worked at the Deseret News covering Salt Lake and Davis county suburbs since 1997. Baker received numerous awards for his reporting, including the 1993 Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award, the top honor given out each year by the Utah Society of Professional Journalists.

Christopher Beeby, 64, a former New Zealand foreign minister who served on the World Trade Organization's appeals body, died Sunday in Geneva. Mr. Beeby served as deputy secretary of foreign affairs from 1985 to 1991, and became New Zealand's ambassador to France and Algeria in 1992.

Jeremy Ingalls, 88, a poet, died Thursday, never having fully recovered from a broken hip. Mr. Ingalls, whose best-known work probably was the epic poem "Tahl," taught at Rockford College in Illinois.

William Sagal, 73, the first University of Wisconsin student to wear the oversized "head" of mascot Buckingham U. Badger, died Monday in Plymouth, Wis.

Everyone who knew Mr. Sagal called him "Bucky," the nickname of the UW mascot, the Sheboygan Press said in reporting on the death in yesterday's edition. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

John T. Hicks, 74, a retired Tennessee legislator who once forced a committee meeting to adjourn for lack of a quorum by declaring "I'm not here," died Sunday of a heart attack in Nashville. Mr. Hicks was a crafty Democrat who at a 1989 meeting of the Senate Oversight Committee blocked a vote on the method for selecting state Supreme Court justices by insisting that he was absent, thereby preventing the committee from meeting its quorum.

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