- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Richard Rosser, 78, university president

GREENCASTLE, Ind. (AP) — Richard F. Rosser, president of DePauw University from 1977 to 1986 and later president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, died Sept. 21 in Maine. He was 78.

Under Mr. Rosser”s leadership, the Indiana school restored East College, renovated Asbury Hall and Roy O. West Library and built the Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center. The university”s endowment grew from $19.4 million to $83.2 million.

After leaving DePauw, Mr. Rosser was president of the NAICU until he retired in 1993. He also headed a consulting group of retired college and university presidents and was a trustee at his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan, from 1992 to 2001.

A native of Arcanum, Ohio, Mr. Rosser graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1951. After earning a master”s degree in public administration in 1952 at Syracuse University, he entered the Air Force as a second lieutenant, studied the Russian language and served four years in Air Force intelligence before returning to Syracuse in 1958 to pursue his doctorate in political science, according to the DePauw Web site, www.depauw.edu.

Mr. Rosser received a doctorate in political science from the Air Force Academy in 1961. He was appointed head of the academy”s political science department in 1967 and, a year later, was promoted to the rank of colonel and received a presidential appointment as a permanent professor.

Mr. Rosser retired from the Air Force Academy in 1973 to become dean of the faculty at Albion College in Michigan, and held the position until going to DePauw as president four years later.

Ken Danby, 67, realist painter

GUELPH, Ontario (AP) — Canadian realist painter Ken Danby, best known for his 1972 painting “At the Crease,” depicting a masked hockey goaltender, died Sept. 23 while canoeing in Canada”s Algonquin Park in northern Ontario. He was 67.

Greg McKee, manager of the Danby Studio in Guelph, said Mr. Danby was thought to have suffered a heart attack, but the cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is completed.

Mr. Danby has been recognized as one of the world”s foremost realist painters. His painting of a masked ice-hockey goalie hunched in the crease is considered by many to be a Canadian national symbol.

The prolific artist was said to have known from a young age that he wanted to paint and enrolled in the Ontario College of Art in 1958.

Mr. Danby”s first one-man show in 1964 sold out, an occurrence that would become commonplace as his work proved popular with private, corporate and museum collectors.

In the 1980s, Mr. Danby prepared a series of watercolors of Canadian athletes at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

In 2001, he was vested in both the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada — one of Canada”s highest honors.

He also served on the governing board of the Canada Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada.

Gary Primich, 49, harmonica player

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Harmonica player Gary Primich, whose soulful and proficient playing developed a strong following among blues fans in the U.S. and Europe, died Sept. 23. He was 49.

The cause of death has not been released.

Mr. Primich grew up in Gary, Ind., and moved to Austin in the mid-1980s. His Web site, www.garyprimich.com, touted his experience learning from blues players in Chicago in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He made two albums with the Mannish Boys but was most successful as a solo artist. He recorded eight albums.

“He had established himself all over the world as one of the most technically proficient harmonica players,” fellow Austin musician Ted Roddy said.

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