William Roozen, 81, founder of the nation's largest...

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July 23, 2002

William Roozen, 81, founder of the nation's largest tulip, daffodil and iris production company and former head of a federal agriculture panel, died Saturday in Mount Vernon, Wash., after a long illness.

Shortly after World War II, he visited Skagit Valley on a business trip for his family's bulb operation at Heemstede in the Netherlands and decided to move to the area, about 60 miles north of Seattle.

Mr. Roozen, whose name means "roses" in Dutch, followed through on his plans shortly after he married in 1947. He worked for other farmers, then started a 5-acre bulb farm in 1950. Six years later, he bought Washington Bulb Co. Inc. from two of the region's earliest bulb growers. The company now owns 500 acres, leases 1,500 acres and is one of its county's largest employers.

Mr. Roozen was appointed to the board of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in the Department of Agriculture by President Ronald Reagan and became chairman under President George Bush.

Rosco Gordon, 74, a blues singer, died of a heart attack July 11 at his home in Queens, N.Y.

Mr. Gordon was known for 1950s hits including "Booted," "No More Doggin'," "Do the Chicken" and "Just a Little Bit," which sold more than 4 million copies in covers by Etta James, Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Jerry Butler.

His offbeat, rhythmic style influenced the early sounds of ska and reggae after he toured the Caribbean in the late '50s, The New York Times said yesterday. Mr. Gordon quit the music business in the 1960s and invested his winnings from a poker game in a dry cleaning business.

He started a record label in 1969 and returned to concert performances in 1981.

Charles Albert Hayes, 68, longtime leader of the struggling textile giant Guilford Mills, died Sunday in South Carolina.

Mr. Hayes had been with Guilford Mills for more than 40 years, and continued to serve as chairman of the company after stepping down from his post as chief executive officer in 2000. Guilford Mills filed for bankruptcy March 13, joining three other North Carolina textile giants under bankruptcy court protection.

Mr. Hayes, who lived in Greensboro, was president of the industry's leading lobbying group, the Washington-based American Textile Manufacturers Institute. The group represents about 200 textile manufacturers and suppliers.

Lizette Peterson-Homer, 51, a University of Missouri professor and leader in the field of child clinical psychology, died of an infection Thursday in Columbia, Mo.

Author of four books and 145 articles in scientific journals, Dr. Peterson-Homer was a curators professor in the department of psychological sciences at the Columbia campus.

She recently had received a six-year appointment as editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. It would have started next year.

Dr. Peterson-Homer worked to prevent child abuse and toddler injuries. In one of her projects, she worked with parents in the Columbia area, providing weekly therapy sessions and home visits to prevent abuse in families with risk factors such as poverty or anger toward the children.

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