Gertrude A. Barber, 88, who pioneered work with people...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 03, 2000

Gertrude A. Barber, 88, who pioneered work with people with developmental disabilities, died Saturday in Erie, Pa.

She was a civic leader who used her political clout to improve the lives of mentally impaired people. The center named for her operates group homes and other centers throughout Pennsylvania.

Richard Bertram, 84, a pioneer yacht manufacturer and offshore powerboat champion, died Friday in Stuart, Fla., from complications related to Parkinson's disease. Mr. Bertram popularized the now-standard V-type hull that allows boats to cut through rough waters.

Mark Denis, 59, the voice of the Disneyland Monorail and a fixture on Southern California radio for four decades, died in Los Angeles after suffering from an infection affecting the heart. Mr. Denis was a radio traffic reporter for Los Angeles station KFI-AM, and also was the voice of the Disneyland Monorail, announcing sights on the tour of the amusement park.

William Francis Gallagher, 77, a retired president of the American Foundation for the Blind, died April 19 in Webster, Mass., after a long illness. Mr. Gallagher gave more than 40 years of service to enriching the lives of people who were sight impaired. Blind since boyhood, he joined the foundation in 1972 as director of program planning and later was director of advocacy. He became the foundation's director in 1980 and its president in 1989.

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