Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

February 02, 2004

Louie B. Nunn, 79, who as governor of Kentucky oversaw a revamping of the state's mental health care system and the outlawing of housing discrimination, died Thursday in Versailles, Ky., after suffering a heart attack. Elected in 1967, he was the state's last Republican governor before Gov. Ernie Fletcher was elected in November.

During Mr. Nunn's four-year term, Kentucky took strides in caring for the mentally retarded, the mentally ill and juvenile delinquents. He called the revamping of the state's mental health treatment system his proudest accomplishment. The state's university system also was expanded during his term.

Mary-Ellis Bunim, 57, a producer who brought television into the age of reality programming with The Real World and whose latest hit series was The Simple Life, died Thursday in Los Angeles of breast cancer.

She and business partner Jonathan Murray, who kicked off the reality trend in 1992 with MTV's The Real World, were among the genre's most prolific producers. Their series included Road Rules, The Love Cruise, Making the Band, Starting Over and, most recently, Fox's The Simple Life with headline-making heiress Paris Hilton.

Rose Marie Zappa, 91, the mother of the musician Frank Zappa, died Thursday at a Burbank, Calif., convalescent hospital.

She was born in the United States, the daughter of Italian immigrants. She and her husband married in Baltimore in 1939 and moved to San Diego 15 years later.

Frank Zappa, who started out with the 1960s group the Mothers of Invention, recorded dozens of solo albums until his death from prostate cancer in 1993 at age 52.

J. Frank Diggs, 86, a former prisoner of war and senior editor of U.S. News & World Report magazine, died Jan. 26 of pneumonia at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

He worked on the U.S. News staff for 37 years, covering Soviet missiles in Cuba, nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific and earthquakes in South America. His longest story was a 13-page piece on Arizona Sen. John McCain's 5 1/2 years as a POW in Vietnam. He retired from U.S. News in 1982.

Mr. Diggs was a POW himself during World War II. An Army officer, he was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans in Sicily, and held for 18 months at a prison camp in Poland. He wrote three books, including Oflag 64 - A Unique Prisoner of War Camp, which told of his wartime captivity.

Timothy Ling, 46, president and chief operating officer of oil giant Unocal Corp., died Wednesday after playing ice hockey in El Segundo, Calif. The cause of death was not immediately known.

He joined Unocal six years ago as chief financial officer and had served as executive vice president for North American operations. He had worked as a consultant and contributed to the management book Real Change Leaders before joining Unocal.

Mildred Bierman, 91, an author of short stories, novels and plays who taught creative writing for more than 30 years, died Tuesday in Marysville, Wash.

Her award-winning 1963 book, Skip a Heartbeat, appeared on a New York Times list of 100 outstanding books for children, and other writings appeared in Woman's Day, Alaska and Pacific Northwest magazine and other publications.

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