Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 21, 2004

Mr. Hechinger led the family business, Hechinger Co., from 1958 to 1996. During his tenure, the company grew to a multibillion-dollar enterprise with more than 100 stores in the East and the Midwest.

The company filed for bankruptcy in 1999, unable to compete with discount home industry giants like Home Depot and Lowes.

Mr. Hechinger was a committed supporter of District of Columbia home rule. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson replaced the three-man board of district commissioners with a new mayor-council style of government and appointed Mr. Hechinger chairman of the first council, a post he held for two years.

He also sought to revitalize neighborhoods devastated by the riots that followed the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and was a philanthropist.

Noble Willingham, 72, who worked steadily as a supporting actor over the past 30 years and left his role as a saloon owner on the series Walker, Texas Ranger to run for Congress, died Saturday at his home in Palm Springs, Calif.

He played barkeep C.D. Parker on Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 1999. His character was a former Texas Ranger who provided advice on cases to Ranger Cord Walker, played by series star Chuck Norris.

Mr. Willingham was the 2000 Republican nominee for a congressional seat in eastern Texas, but lost to Democrat Max Sandlin.

He was among the local Texans hired when The Last Picture Show (1971) was filmed on location by director Peter Bogdanovich. His other film credits included Paper Moon (1973); Chinatown (1974); Good Morning, Vietnam (1987); City Slickers (1991); Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994); and Up Close and Personal (1996).

He returned to acting after his failed congressional campaign, filming Blind Horizon with star Val Kilmer in 2002. The movie is scheduled for release this year.

Jerry Nachman, 57, the colorful, Emmy award-winning journalist for MSNBC who spent years in local TV news and edited the New York Post, died of cancer overnight at his home in Hoboken, N.J., the network announced yesterday.

Mr. Nachman died overnight at his home in Hoboken, N.J., according to the network, where he had been editor in chief and vice president since 2002.

Mr. Nachman spent years as news director for WNBC-TV and vice president of WCBS-TV, both in New York, and as general manager of the WRC radio and television stations in Washington. He was editor in chief of the New York Post from 1989 to 1992.

He also worked in late 2001 as a staff writer for the NBC television series UC: Undercover and was a staff writer and executive producer at Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

His final assignment for MSNBC was reporting on the Michael Jackson case in California, the network said.

Jim Bob Tinsley, 82, a musician, author and member of the National Cowboy Song and Poetry Hall of Fame, died Sunday in Brevard, N.C.

Mr. Tinsley played guitar and sang throughout Florida and in the Southwest. He also conducted seminars on the history of Western music in Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

The Jim Bob Tinsley Museum and Heritage Center in Brevard houses collections from Mr. Tinsley and Doris Dottie Tinsley, his wife of 56 years.

He was the second inductee into the National Cowboy Song and Poetry Hall of Fame in Newcastle, Wyo., in 1988. He was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Will Rogers Foundation in 2000.

Harry Claiborne, 86, the flamboyant federal judge who was convicted of filing false tax returns and impeached by the U.S. Senate, died Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Las Vegas home. He had cancer and other ailments.

Before his appointment to the bench, Mr. Claiborne was considered one of Nevadas top defense lawyers, representing many prominent people with ties to Las Vegas. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin hired him for casino licensing matters and he once represented mobster Bugsy Siegel.

He was one of seven federal officials in U.S. history to be removed from office through impeachment, Senate Historical Office records show.

He was convicted in 1984 of tax evasion and impeached by the Senate in 1986. At the time, it was the first such proceeding in which a judge was stripped of his duties in more than 50 years.

Mr. Claiborne also was the first federal judge to be sent to prison, serving 17 months of a two-year sentence before his release in 1987.

That year, with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman representing him, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Claiborne could practice law in the state.

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