Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 29, 2003

Steve Young,

61, a CNN correspondent and anchor for CNN Financial News who specialized in technology, died of lung cancer Sunday in New York.

Mr. Young had worked for CNN since 1987, and reported regularly for Moneyline. He was the founding anchor of the CNNfn program Digital Jam about advances in technology. He has reported on the dangers of cellular phones, the Microsoft antitrust battle and the fight against terrorism.

He was an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University's journalism school, and before joining CNN had worked for CBS News for 20 years, covering the technology and space beats.

Fred Facey,

72, a veteran offscreen announcer for the Today show and several other NBC broadcasts, died of cancer April 13 in New York. He had worked at NBC since 1967.

His voice also was heard on Meet the Press, CNBC's News with Brian Williams, and weekend Today and Nightly News broadcasts, as well as Saturday Night Live and Carson Daly's late-night talk show.

Elaine Steinbeck,

88, the former actress who married John Steinbeck and became a self-described ambassador of the Nobel laureate's legacy, died Sunday in New York.

John Steinbeck, author of such classics as The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, died in 1968, six years after he won the Nobel prize. During the past 35 years, Elaine Steinbeck was her husband's greatest supporter, editing volumes of his work, proudly showing off his Nobel medal to visiting reporters and speaking tirelessly on his behalf.

Born in Austin, Texas, Elaine Steinbeck was the daughter of well-to-do parents in the oil business. She studied drama at the University of Texas, where she met Zachary Scott, another aspiring actor. They married and had a daughter, Waverly.

After moving to New York in 1939, Scott quickly got roles in plays, but success for his wife was not as swift and she turned to a career in stage production.

Her marriage to Scott disintegrated after he went to Hollywood, and they divorced in 1950 -- the same year she married Steinbeck.

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