Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

July 17, 2005

John Procope, 82, a former president and publisher of the New York Amsterdam News, a Harlem-based newspaper, died Friday of complications of pneumonia, according to a statement released by the insurance brokerage firm E.G. Bowman, which was founded by Mr. Procope's wife. He had served as chairman of E.G. Bowman's board since 1982.

He earned his bachelor's degree in business from Morgan State University, attended business school at New York University and began his career in advertising.

A native New Yorker, he was a former president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. He also was a president of the Harlem Business Alliance and served as a trustee of Howard University for 15 years.

Mary Washington Wylie, 99, the nation's first black female certified public accountant, died July 2 in Burbank, Ill.

Born in Vicksburg, Miss., she moved to Chicago as a child and graduated in 1941 with a business degree from Northwestern University. A study by the National Association of Black Accountants found that she became the first black female CPA in 1943, said Theresa Hammond, chairwoman of the accounting department at Boston College's Carroll School of Management.

She recruited other black businesses as clients when she opened an accounting firm

Lynn Smith, 84, a newspaper publisher and force behind the Great American Smokeout, died Thursday at a nursing home in Monticello, Minn. where he had been since suffering a stroke six years ago.

He was the publisher of the Monticello Times when he founded Don't Smoke Days in Monticello and in Minnesota in 1974. That led to the Great American Smokeout, the widely observed November day that has raised awareness of the health hazards of smoking.

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