Dorothy Love Coates, 74, a gospel songwriter whose music...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 12, 2002

Dorothy Love Coates, 74, a gospel songwriter whose music was recorded by stars including Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, died Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala.

Ms. Coates, who had heart problems, wrote and recorded more than 300 songs, including "Get Away Jordan" and "That's Enough."

Ms. Coates was born Dorothy McGriff. She started her own group, the Royal Gospel Singers, in her early teens. In 1947, she joined the Original Gospel Harmonettes and became its lead singer and songwriter.

Her career included traveling worldwide and playing at Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater, but her primary income came from concerts with a $1 admission.

FOR THE RECORD - Louis M. "Deke" Heyward: In an April 7 obituary, the Associated Press erroneously reported that Louis M. "Deke" Heyward created Winky Dink and You, a pioneering interactive TV show. He was the show's first writer, but the show credited Harry W. Prichett and Edwin Wyckoff as having originated the series, according to the Museum of Television & Radio in New York.

Mr. Cash and Mr. Charles both recorded her song "That's Enough." Her song "No Hiding Place" was on the soundtrack to the movie Ghost. She also played small parts in the movies The Long Walk Home and Beloved.

Mahalia Jackson and the Rev. James Cleveland both recorded her song "(You Can't Hurry God) He's Right on Time," a gospel standard. Andrae Crouch recorded "Heaven," and the Blackwood Brothers did "Every Day Will Be Sunday."

Bill Harmsen, 89, a philanthropist and co-founder of Jolly Rancher Candy Co., died of prostate cancer Wednesday in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Mr. Harmsen and his wife, Dorothy, founded Jolly Rancher in 1949 in Golden, Colo., and turned the fruit-flavored hard candies into an international favorite. The family sold the company in 1967 to Beatrice Foods, which sold it to Illinois-based Leaf in 1983, but the Harmsens continued to operate it. Bill Harmsen retired in 1977.

Hershey, Pa.-based Hershey Foods, the nation's largest candy maker, bought Jolly Rancher in 1997.

The Harmsens bought thousands of pieces of Western art over four decades and donated the collection to the Denver Art Museum in May. The collection, whose value was not revealed, contains work by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, George Catlin, N.C. Wyeth and Robert Henri.

In the 1960s the Harmsens donated much of the land that became Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Ivy Olson, 60, founder of Angel Networks Charities and an inspiration for the pilot episode of a popular TV series, died in Honolulu on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

The story of how a stranger in San Diego took Ms. Olson, then a single mother, and her two sons into her home for Thanksgiving dinner was dramatized in the 1994 pilot for the CBS series Touched by an Angel.

That act of kindness inspired her in 1989 to start Angel Network Charities, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the hungry and the homeless that serves more than 100 families in Hawaii.

In 1992, President George Bush proclaimed Aug. 16 "Angel Network Day," and Ms. Olson was chosen as one of his "Thousand Points of Light." She received the Volunteer Action Award from President Clinton in 1993.

Robert E. Rothenberg, 93, a World War II battlefield surgeon and medical author, died in New York on Wednesday.

After graduating from Cornell University with a medical degree in 1932, Dr. Rothenberg joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps, for which he commanded a team of doctors, nurses and medics.

During the Battle of the Bulge, Dr. Rothenberg and his team operated on casualties for nearly 60 hours without a break, according to a statement released by his family.

Dr. Rothenberg resigned as director of surgical research at Cabrini Medical Center in 1998. He also had been chief of surgery at two other New York hospitals, and wrote more than a dozen books on medicine, surgery and health care.

Louis M. "Deke" Heyward, 81, an award-winning writer and producer for radio, television and movies who created Winky Dink and You - the first interactive TV show - in the 1950s, died of complications from pneumonia March 26 in Los Angeles.

In a career that began in the early 1950s, when he joined television's The Garry Moore Show as a staff writer, Mr. Heyward wrote for many New York-based TV programs. In 1956, while head writer of The Ernie Kovacs Show, he won a Sylvania Award for comedy writing.

In 1953, Mr. Heyward made TV history with his creation of Winky Dink and You, a partially animated Saturday morning children's show with in-studio host Jack Barry.

The gimmick: Young viewers at home could help the cartoon character Winky Dink - a large-headed boy with a shock of blond hair - and his dog Woofer out of their predicaments.

For 50 cents, viewers could send away for a Winky Dink Kit, which included a "magic screen" - a piece of clear, clingy plastic they placed on their TV screens - and "magic" crayons.

Dr. Fredrick Stare, 91, a leading nutritionist who wrote extensively about healthful eating and was among the first to conduct scientific studies of the links between diet and heart disease, died April 4 at his home in Wellesley, Mass.

An emeritus professor of nutrition and the founding chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Stare conducted studies that showed that regular physical activity helped prevent disease of the main arteries supplying blood directly to the heart. In 1942, when he started the nutrition department, it was among the first at any modern school of medicine or public health. Dr. Stare defined the four basic food groups and was an early champion of drinking at least six glasses of water a day. He also advocated fluoridation of water. He founded Nutrition Reviews, a journal of research, and for many years wrote a syndicated newspaper column, "Food and Your Health." Several of his books remain in print, including Dear Dr. Stare: What Should I Eat? (1982), Adventures in Nutrition (1991) and, with Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, Fad-Free Nutrition (1998).

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