Stephen P. Yokich, 66, the former two-term president of...

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August 19, 2002

Stephen P. Yokich, 66, the former two-term president of the United Auto Workers known for never shying away from a fight to improve the lives of union members, died Friday, a day after suffering a stroke.

Mr. Yokich, born six days before the founding of the UAW, served as its president from 1995 until his retirement in June. "The last seven years have been the most satisfying years and the hardest years I've had in my whole career," Mr. Yokich said in his June 6 farewell address at the UAW convention in Las Vegas.

During his presidency, Mr. Yokich won lucrative contracts for a union that steadily lost membership.

"He did a great job for his members, moving the debate and negotiations into job security, which is an area that now is one of the most important areas for unions in light of all the free trade agreements," said Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney.

Daniel F. Foley

, 80, one of the original members of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and a former American Legion national commander, died Saturday in Nashville of a heart attack.

Mr. Foley grew up in Wabasha, Minn., and served as an Army sergeant during World War II. Mr. Foley received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul before earning his law degree at Fordham University in New York.

He returned home to practice law in Wabasha and Rochester, Minn., from 1948 to 1966, when he was appointed a judge in the 3rd Judicial District. In 1983, Gov. Rudy Perpich appointed him to the newly created Minnesota Court of Appeals.

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