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July 30, 2006

Thurl Metzger, 90, a former farmer who went on to lead charity Heifer International for three decades, died of heart failure Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark.

Mr. Metzger, who farmed and worked as a high school history teacher in Indiana, began his work with Heifer as an unpaid volunteer in 1946. Five years later, he become the nonprofit's executive director, a post he held until 1981.

Little Rock-based Heifer International fights hunger and poverty and has provided livestock and agricultural training to people in 128 countries. Recipients are asked to give the animal's first female offspring to another family, which is asked to do the same.

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