Other deaths of note


November 14, 2006

JOSEPH UNGARO, 76 Newspaper editor

Joseph Ungaro, a former managing editor of The Providence Evening Bulletin whose question to President Richard M. Nixon at an editors meeting elicited his "I'm not a crook" reply, died Sunday at a hospital in South Kingstown, R.I., of an undiagnosed illness, his family said.

At an annual convention of the Associated Press Managing Editors organization in 1973, Mr. Ungaro asked Mr. Nixon whether he had accurately reported his income taxes.

Mr. Nixon's famous declaration came after he had gone on to answer a subsequent question about the Watergate scandal. At the end of that reply, he doubled back to Mr. Ungaro's question, saying: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."

Mr. Nixon later agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes.

A reporter for the Providence newspaper, Jack White, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for reporting on Nixon's tax troubles.

Mr. Ungaro later became president and chief executive of the Detroit Newspaper Agency, the company that managed a joint operating agreement between The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.

For the past decade, he worked at Stars and Stripes, where he put together a consolidation plan for the military newspaper and then became its ombudsman.

BENNY ANDREWS, 75 Painter and teacher

Benny Andrews, a painter and teacher whose work drew on memories of his childhood in the segregated South, died of cancer Friday at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mr. Andrews painted socially conscious works that addressed issues including the civil rights movement, the Holocaust and the forced relocation of American Indians. He won awards and prizes including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974.

His work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, among others.

Mr. Andrews was born in Plainview, Ga., in 1930 to a family of sharecroppers. In 1948 he became the first member of his family to graduate from high school.

He served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1953 and used the G.I. Bill to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to New York in 1958 and had his first solo exhibition, at Forum Gallery, in 1962.

ISADORE BARMASH, 84 Business reporter

Isadore Barmash, an author and retired business news reporter for The New York Times who specialized in the retail industry, died of bladder cancer complications Thursday in Queens, N.Y.

Mr. Barmash chronicled the fortunes of big department stores such as Macy's and Bloomingdale's as well as discount chains and small businesses. He also covered fashion trends, leveraged buyouts and other business topics in a career that spanned more than four decades.

His books include Welcome to Our Conglomerate - You're Fired, published in 1971; Great Business Disasters: Swindlers, Bunglers and Frauds in American History, 1972; and A Not-So-Tender Offer: an Insider's Look at Mergers and Their Consequences, 1995.

S. LANE FAISON JR., 98 Art history teacher

S. Lane Faison Jr., an influential art history teacher at Williams College who oversaw the return of art stolen by Nazis after World War II, died Saturday at his home in Williamstown, Mass.

A Navy Reservist during World War II, he was transferred in 1945 to the U.S. Office of Strategic Services as a member of the Art Looting Investigation Unit. He wrote the official report on the creation of Adolf Hitler's stolen art collection. Five years later, the U.S. State Department appointed him to supervise the return of stolen art.

GEORGE B. THOMAS JR., 92 Mathematician

George B. Thomas Jr., a mathematician whose widely read calculus textbook has introduced legions of students to the challenges of functions, derivatives, and integrals since the early 1950s, died Oct. 31 in State College, Pa.

His book, Calculus and Analytic Geometry, was published by Addison-Wesley in 1951 and remains in print, now in its 11th edition as Thomas' Calculus. It was intended for undergraduates but has since become a text in high schools, where it is assigned for advanced courses in calculus, the branch of mathematics that deals with quantities and limits, areas, and volumes of spaces, among other topics.

Dr. Thomas, who taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for four decades, was the sole author until the 1970s, when he began a collaboration with another mathematician, Ross Lee Finney III, in making periodic revisions.

DOUG FRIEDLINE, 49 Campaign manager

Doug Friedline, who managed pro wrestler Jesse Ventura's long-shot but winning campaign for governor of Minnesota, was found dead Friday in his apartment in Treasure Island, Fla.

Mr. Friedline, who had run this year's Florida gubernatorial campaign for Reform Party candidate Max Linn, had severe heart problems and had complained of faintness for several days, said Linn campaign spokeswoman Liz McCallum.

Mr. Ventura's 1998 campaign directed by Mr. Friedline won a surprise victory over established candidates.

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