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October 21, 2007

CATHERINE RORABACK, 87 Pioneering lawyer

Catherine Roraback, a pioneering attorney who helped establish the right to contraceptives and privacy, has died. She was 87.

Ms. Roraback, a longtime resident of Canaan, Conn., died in her sleep of undisclosed causes Wednesday at a retirement home, family members said.

In her most famous case, Griswold v. Connecticut, Ms. Roraback won a 1965 ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court that established the right to contraceptives and privacy. Ms. Roraback also defended the Black Panthers in New Haven and civil rights workers in Mississippi.

Until this year, she reported to her law office in the Canaan practice that her grandfather, Alberto Roraback, founded in 1872.

Ms. Roraback was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and Yale University Law School, where she was the only woman in her class.

BOB INGRAM, 81 Journalist

Veteran journalist Bob Ingram, who spent six decades reporting on Alabama politics in newspapers and on TV, has died at age 81.

Mr. Ingram died Thursday after a two-year battle with the blood disorder myelodysplasia, his son, Ragan Ingram, said Friday.

Mr. Ingram reported on the big events in Alabama from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and Gov. George Wallace's "segregation forever" speech through the governor's race of 2006. His weekly column, "The Alabama Scene," was a fixture of small newspapers throughout the state for nearly 50 years, until he discontinued it in May because of declining health.

Mr. Ingram graduated from Auburn University and worked for several newspapers, including stints as a reporter and columnist at the Montgomery Advertiser.

In the 1970s, Mr. Ingram purchased Alabama Magazine, which he edited and published until 1984. From 1979 to 1993, he delivered editorials and political analysis for WSFA-TV and other positions at WNCF-TV and WAKA-TV, all in Montgomery.

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