Ismael C. Meer, 82, a veteran anti-apartheid activist...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 08, 2000

Ismael C. Meer, 82, a veteran anti-apartheid activist and longtime friend of former President Nelson Mandela, died in his sleep in Durban, South Africa.

He was a leading figure in the South African Indian Congress and served on the African National Congress and the South African Indian Congress.

He began his long struggle against apartheid in 1934. Throughout his life, he was repeatedly detained without trial, banned from speaking publicly, listed as a communist and targeted for terror attacks on his home.

Barry Sherman, 47, director of the Peabody broadcasting and cable awards, died Tuesday in Athens, Ga., after collapsing at the University of Georgia.

He had directed the annual broadcast and cable awards since 1992. The Peabodys are administered by the university's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Mr. Sherman joined the University of Georgia as a professor in 1981. Eleven years later he was named Peabody director.

Richard Holmes,63, a University of Alabama trustee and former presiding judge of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, died Tuesday in Montgomery, Ala., after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was a judge on the appeals court from 1972 to 1990.

William Howard Flowers Jr., 86, a former state senator whose father started the south Georgia baked goods giant that bears the family name, died Tuesday in his sleep in Thomasville, Ga.

He took over as company president at age 21 when his father died in 1934, served as president until 1965, when he was named chairman of the board and chief executive. In 1968, Flowers Baking Co. went public and changed its name to Flowers Industries.

During his 50-year tenure, Flowers went from a 15-employee company with annual sales of $90,000 to the nation's largest baker of fresh and frozen foods, with more than $4.2 billion in sales last year.

Marvin L. Stone, 76, who edited U.S. News & World Report magazine for nearly a decade beginning in the mid-1970s, died of cancer May 1 in Washington. His journalism career spanned 40 years and included work covering four wars and filing stories from 35 countries. He was the third editor of U.S. News, from 1976 to 1985.

Robert Homme, 81, the man millions of Canadians knew as television's Friendly Giant, died Tuesday of cancer in Toronto. The Friendly Giant, a 15-minute children's program, featured puppets Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster. The relaxed, low-key show ran on CBC television for 28 years to 1985 and won the hearts of small children and parents alike. It is still in reruns.

Poul Hartling, 85, Denmark's former prime minister who later became U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and received the 1981 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization, died April 30 in Copenhagen, Danish radio reported.

Jerzy Einhorn, 74, who survived a Nazi concentration camp and became a cancer specialist at a research hospital in Sweden, died of leukemia April 28 in Stockholm.

Rex L. Campbell, 79, a former radio broadcaster and longtime University of Utah philosophy professor, died Wednesday in Salt Lake City from complications of Parkinson's disease.

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