Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 31, 2003

Frank "Ted" Moss, 91, a liberal Utah Democrat who championed conservation and social issues during 18 years in the U.S. Senate, died Wednesday in Salt Lake City. He was elected to his first of three terms in 1958, and served until Republican Orrin G. Hatch defeated him in 1976.

Mr. Moss, an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, was an initial sponsor of the Medicaid program. He was known for working to establish national parks and recreation areas, including two parks in Utah.

A native of Salt Lake City, he earned a law degree at George Washington University, worked for two years for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in 1939 returned to Utah. He was elected as a city judge in 1940, later became the county attorney and, after an unsuccessful run for governor in 1956, won his Senate seat in a three-way race.

He later practiced law in Washington and Salt Lake City, where the federal courthouse bears his name.

Joy Hodges, 88, a vocalist and dancer who encouraged a young Ronald Reagan to start an acting career, died Jan. 19 in Palm Desert, Calif.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she played the leader of a girls' musical group in the 1935 film To Beat the Band. Over the next five years she made a dozen films, appearing usually as a showgirl or singer, and, in 1939's Boy Meets Joy, as herself.

She met Mr. Reagan in Des Moines, where he was an announcer and sportscaster and she sang on radio station WHO. When he was sent to cover the Chicago Cubs' spring training on Catalina Island in 1937, he stopped in Hollywood to ask her advice about getting into acting.

She arranged an interview for him with her agent's boss, who negotiated a Warner Bros. contract for him. Mr. Reagan kept in touch with her for 60 years, and invited her to the White House when he was president.

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