James Al Hendrix 82, father of rock guitar legend Jimi...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 19, 2002

James Al Hendrix

82, father of rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, died in Seattle on Wednesday after a long battle with congestive heart failure. The elder Hendrix was chairman of the board of Experience Hendrix, a family company centered on his son's legacy and headed by his daughter, Janie L. Hendrix.

In 1999, Mr. Hendrix wrote My Son Jimi, a book about his oldest son, a 1960s music legend who died at age 27 from a drug overdose in 1970.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary in the April 19 editions of The Sun mischaracterized Staley McBrayer as the developer of the newspaper offset press. McBrayer conceived of the idea, but it was an engineer, J. Grant Ghormley Jr., and a draftsman, Clyde T. "Jack" Kitchens, who were responsible for designing and building a workable version. Ghormley and Kitchens were awarded the patents on the design. The Sun regrets the error.

Le Cao Dai

74, a leading Vietnamese expert on Agent Orange, a defoliant widely used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, died in Hanoi on Monday after suffering acute pancreatitis.

Mr. Dai's insistence on the need for open and independent research into the effects of dioxin, the defoliant's highly toxic component, made him unpopular at times with Vietnam's communist government.

Dioxin, one of the most poisonous chemicals created by man, is also one of the most persistent known pollutants. Studies in Vietnam have suggested that birth defects, miscarriages, neurological disorders and cancers are uncommonly high in areas that were sprayed during the war. The U.S. government says there is no proven, direct link between dioxin and many of the illnesses.

Walter Wurzburger

82, a modern Orthodox rabbi, philosopher and teacher, died Tuesday in New York. He was president of the Rabbinical Council of America and the now-defunct Synagogue Council, a group that embraced Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism.

He also was a member of the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations, an organization that corresponds with the Vatican.

From 1967 until last month, Mr. Wurzburger taught philosophy at Yeshiva University. He also edited Tradition, a quarterly Orthodox intellectual journal, from 1962 to 1988.

Staley McBrayer

92, a former newspaper publisher and developer in 1954 of the newspaper offset press, a device that revolutionized the industry, died Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. He is credited with saving small newspapers across the country from oblivion and literally changing the face of the newspaper industry.

As publisher of a group of weekly newspapers, Mr. McBrayer struggled with printing costs. Larger newspapers like the Fort Worth Star-Telegram paid their Linotype operators more, leaving Mr. McBrayer with few operators to choose from. So for five years, he tinkered with the offset press process used to print books. Many people believed it could not be modified to print a newspaper.

One day in his plant in Fort Worth, Mr. McBrayer made it work. And in 1954, he introduced the Vanguard web offset press. A historical plaque marks the site.

With the new press, Mr. McBrayer moved the newspaper industry from "hot type" printing to a "cold type" process. Newspapers began to print from photographic images instead of hand-set metal type, cutting down on printing time and costs.

F. Kenneth Iverson

76, who turned a failing nuclear instruments company into a Fortune 500 pioneer, died Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. He had suffered from emphysema and heart trouble.

Mr. Iverson became president of the Nuclear Corp. of America in 1965. He moved the headquarters from Phoenix to Charlotte in 1966 and shed ailing units to focus on the Vulcraft steel division. In 1972, he changed the name to Nucor. He retired in 1998.

Mr. Iverson decided to have Nucor manufacture steel entirely in relatively small factories using recycled steel scrap. Such minimills, which make steel more cheaply and quickly, were copied by other steelmakers and produce more than half of steel made in the United States.

Richard Folsom

83, the last of Maine's early bush pilots, died April 11 in Greenville, Maine. For nearly 50 years, he soared over the dark hills of the state's great north woods, transporting hunting and fishing parties to lakes and ponds, skirting trees and fast-moving storms over hundreds of thousands of square miles of wilderness through the Allagash River Wilderness Area into Canada and beyond.

From his base on the 75,000-acre Moosehead Lake, he hauled supplies to far-flung outposts and rescued the sick and injured in a succession of aircraft, including a grumbling, two-engine DC-3 floatplane that first saw action dropping paratroopers over France during World War II.

In the decades before logging roads were built, his plane was the only route in and out of the deep woods. The two-way radio at Folsom's Air Service was the only lifeline for wealthy hunters in remote lodges and camps.

"We bring 'em in alive, we bring 'em out alive. Sometimes we bring 'em out hurt and sometimes dead," he said in 1993.

Mr. Folsom was inspired to become a pilot by Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic solo flight. Of his specialty, he said, "What makes a bush pilot different is we like the heavy loads, landing on small ponds and flying in bad weather."

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