Charles M. Rick, 87, a University of California at...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 19, 2002

Charles M. Rick,

87, a University of California at Davis professor who made important contributions to the study of genetics and evolution through his research on the tomato, died May 5.

Dr. Rick traveled the world to collect wild tomato species, which contained genetic variations not seen in the domestic tomato.

He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1967 and received the Filippo Maseri Florio world prize for agriculture research in 1997 for his work.

Dr. Rick was inducted into the American Society of Horticultural Sciences Hall of Fame in 1998.

Sharon Sheeley,

62, who as a teen-age songwriter penned the 1950s hit "Poor Little Fool," died Friday at Sherman Oaks Hospital Medical Center of complications after a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 62.

Rick Nelson, teen idol and star of TV's Ozzie and Harriet, recorded "Poor Little Fool" and it climbed to the top of the charts in 1958.

"My most vivid memory of Sharon was of her living in London in the swingin' '60s," Ms. Sheeley's friend, Elizabeth Asher, said yesterday.

"She was such a California gal so she was always in a miniskirt and sandals then complained about being cold all the time," she said.

Ms. Asher also remembers the notes commending her talent that Ms. Sheeley received from Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

"She was inspirational to other people, certainly women, since she was an integral part of the male-dominated rock world," said Ms. Asher.

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