Other Notable Deaths


July 09, 2009


Meat company chairman

Oscar G. Mayer, retired chairman of the Wisconsin-based meat processing company that bears his name, died of old age Monday at Hospice Care in Fitchburg.

He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar Mayer Foods. His grandfather, Oscar F. Mayer, died in 1955 and his father, Oscar G. Mayer Sr., died in 1965.

Mr. Mayer retired as chairman of the board in 1977 at age 62 soon after the company recorded its first $1 billion year.

The company is now a business unit of Kraft.

Mr. Mayer's first wife, Rosalie, died in 1998. He married Geraldine Fitzpatrick in 1999.


Wrote 'The Mothman Prophecies'

John A. Keel, author of The Mothman Prophecies, died Friday of congestive heart failure at a Manhattan hospital.

The Mothman Prophecies was made into a movie about paranormal phenomena starring Richard Gere.

Mr. Keel was born Alva John Kiehle. He was best known for his writings about unidentified flying objects and the paranormal.

In his 1970 book UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse, he linked UFO reports to mysterious phenomena over the centuries.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.