Emil Lockwood, 82, a former majority leader of the...

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August 05, 2002

Emil Lockwood, 82, a former majority leader of the Michigan Senate, died Friday. Mr. Lockwood, a Republican, served in the Michigan Senate from 1963 until 1970, when he made an unsuccessful bid for secretary of state.

Under Gov. William Milliken, Mr. Lockwood was chief lobbyist and deputy director of the Michigan Department of Commerce.

A native of Ottawa, Ill., Mr. Lockwood served as a Navy officer during World War II. After the war he taught amphibious warfare at Westminster College in Missouri and later taught accounting at Adrian College in Michigan. He began an accounting practice after he quit teaching.

His business dealings included ownership of insurance and accounting firms, partnerships in radio stations and the renovation of shopping malls. He is the subject of the book Man in Motion: Michigan's Legendary Senate Majority Leader, Emil Lockwood, which is to be released next year.

Joseph Bradford Rickenbaker, 75, former managing editor of the Florence, S.C., Morning News, died Friday in Florence.

Born in Pelham, Ga., Mr. Rickenbaker served in the Navy during World War II before graduating from Emory University in Atlanta with a degree in journalism. He moved to Florence in 1966 to manage the Morning News.

"He was an old-time newspaperman," said Thom Anderson, a former Morning News staffer. "He had a strong feeling for the community, and put the paper in a position where it could help the community with good projects." Mr. Rickenbaker was elected president of the South Carolina Associated Press News Council in 1971. He retired from the Morning News in 1989.

Raymond Kazuto Higuchi, 82, a newspaper art director who painted realistic oil landscapes and seascapes, died Tuesday of complications from surgery in Honolulu.

Mr. Higuchi designed the masthead of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, where he was art director for 40 years. He started at the newspaper in 1946 in the commercial printing division and became art director two years later.

After retiring in 1988, Mr. Higuchi spent his time painting in oils. He sold many paintings and gave away many more to family and friends.

Helen Matthew Robinson, 91, owner of Niihau Island and Ranch, home of the last all-Hawaiian community, died Wednesday in Makaweli, Hawaii.

The Robinson family founded Gay & Robinson Sugar Co., one of the few companies still in operation from the time when sugar production, not tourism, was the dominant industry in the islands.

She grew up in Berkeley, Calif., and married Lester Robinson in 1937. Her husband died in 1969. The Robinson family had purchased the private island and ranch from the Hawaiian monarchy in 1864 and moved their family there from New Zealand.

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