Deaths Elsewhere

November 30, 2003

Hal Walker,

70, one of the first African-American journalists on television news in the 1960s, died Tuesday of prostate cancer in Reston, Va.

Mr. Walker was the first black correspondent hired by CBS News and covered many of the national news events of the late 1960s, including the funeral of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. As a young reporter, he won acclaim for his work covering race relations at WTOP-TV in Washington, which was then a CBS affiliate.

He began working for CBS News in 1968 and was promoted to correspondent in the network's Washington bureau in September 1969. He took an assignment for CBS in Bonn, Germany, in 1977, and left the network three years later to become bureau chief for ABC News in Bonn, in what was then West Germany.

His last posting before retiring in 1995 was with ABC News in the network's London bureau.

Richard Thomas Goldhahn,

88, a singing cowboy with the stage name Dick Thomas who wrote "Sioux City Sue," a western anthem popularized by Bing Crosby and by Gene Autry in a movie of the same title, died of heart failure Nov. 22 in Abington, Pa.

A favorite among fans of the singing-cowboy genre, "Sioux City Sue" began with the lyrics: "Sioux City Sue, Sioux City Sue. Your hair is red, your eyes are blue, I'd swap my horse and dog for you." Mr. Goldhahn co-wrote the lyrics with Max C. Freedman and composed the music for the catchy tune in 1945.

His recording of the song sold more than 150,000 copies. When Mr. Crosby recorded it in 1946, the song made the Lucky Strike Hit Parade for 14 consecutive weeks. The same year, Mr. Autry recorded "Sioux City Sue" as the title song of his Western film. Willie Nelson later also recorded a version.

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