John deKoven Alsop, 84, a former state lawmaker who was...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 10, 2000

John deKoven Alsop, 84, a former state lawmaker who was known as one of Connecticut's most influential and colorful Republican politicians, died Thursday in Old Saybrook, Conn.

He was a direct descendant of President James Monroe and the grandnephew of President Theodore Roosevelt. His brothers Joseph and Stewart Alsop gained fame as newspaper columnists.

Mr. Alsop served two terms in the General Assembly in the late 1940s. He helped push through three desegregation bills submitted by the Connecticut NAACP at the end of the 1949 legislative session, outlawing racial discrimination in the National Guard, public accommodations and public housing projects.

Sylvan Rodriguez,52, a Houston television news anchor who had shared a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer with his viewers, died Friday from the disease. The 23-year broadcast news veteran told his KHOU viewers about his illness soon after his diagnosis in January 1999. Acknowledging that his disease was "incurable, but treatable," he left the station to undergo treatment.

Joe Rock, 63, who co-wrote the classic song "Since I Don't Have You," died Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., after complications from quadruple bypass surgery. Mr. Rock was manager of The Skyliners, who recorded the song in 1959.

Sy Weintraub,77, a former studio executive and producer who made a series of Tarzan movies during the 1950s and 1960s, died Tuesday in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer.

The casts of Mr. Weintraub's Tarzan movies included Anthony Quayle, Woody Strode and a young Sean Connery.

Frances Gray Patton, 94, a writer whose short stories appeared in The New Yorker through four decades and whose works included the popular 1954 novel "Good Morning, Miss Dove," died March 28 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Her finely crafted stories offered glimpses into Durham society in the mid-20th century.

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