- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sam Boyle, 59, AP bureau chief

NEW YORK (AP) — Samuel J. Boyle, who in two decades as chief of the Associated Press’ New York City bureau oversaw the news organization’s coverage of high-profile events from elections and gangster trials to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, died Sunday at home after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 59.

Just a few months ago, he relinquished his post as an adjunct faculty member in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he had taught for nearly two years.

Mr. Boyle was born into a distinguished Philadelphia newspaper family. His father was an editor. His younger brother, who died in September, also of cancer, was an editor in Philadelphia and for 21 years in New York City.

Mr. Boyle joined the AP in Newark, N.J., in 1971, transferred to the Philadelphia bureau a year later and over the next seven years moved from business desk to the national desk at New York headquarters, and then to deputy sports editor, involved in Olympics and Super Bowl coverage.

In 1981, Mr. Boyle was appointed chief of bureau for West Virginia, and the following year he was named bureau chief in New York City, running a large staff whose dual mission is covering local news and explaining New York City to the world.

Mr. Boyle was known for backing his staffers in disputes with officials and others. When a police officer tried to prevent an AP staffer with press credentials from entering City Hall because “I don’t know you,” Mr. Boyle wrote a letter of protest to the mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Mr. Boyle, an avid bicyclist and scuba diver, retired from the AP in 2004 and went to work at Columbia two years later, first as an editor in the school’s Columbia News Service course and later teaching fundamental reporting and writing.

Dr. Walter Bauer, 82, pathologist

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dr. Walter Bauer, a pathologist and leader in the famous baby tooth study that helped show the spread of nuclear fallout, died Saturday of acute respiratory distress. He was 82.

Dr. Bauer, along with renowned biologist and environmentalist Barry Commoner, was a key founding member of a committee of St. Louis scientists and citizens concerned about nuclear testing in the 1950s.

The Greater St. Louis Citizens Committee for Nuclear Information led the St. Louis Baby Tooth Survey from 1958 to 1970, which studied almost 300,000 baby teeth, searching for evidence of fallout from atomic and hydrogen bomb tests.

The study found that the teeth had absorbed nuclear material through children’s consumption of milk from cows that ate contaminated grass. The findings contributed to a ban on aboveground testing of atomic bombs in the early 1960s.

Other baby tooth surveys were formed and patterned after the St. Louis program elsewhere in the U.S. and overseas.

Earl Greenburg, 61, entertainment pioneer

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Earl Greenburg, a former president of the Home Shopping Network and an entertainment industry pioneer who elevated the profile of the Palm Springs International Film Festival by luring such stars as Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Halle Berry, died Friday at Eisenhower Medical Center of skin cancer. He was 61.

Mr. Greenburg was known for his philanthropy and leading the fight for AIDS research.

His son, Ari, said his father was first diagnosed with melanoma four years ago, but he seemed to have beaten it. It returned last year.

Mr. Greenburg, who became chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2004, was once president of the Home Shopping Network. He later promoted the infomercial industry as chairman of the Electronic Retailing Association.

He was a founding partner of Transactional Marketing Partners in Santa Monica, Calif., and was chief executive officer of Total Marketing Partners in Palm Springs.

Raymond Jacobs, 82, Iwo Jima Marine

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Raymond Jacobs, thought to be the last living Marine photographed during the original flag-raising on Iwo Jima during World War II, died Jan. 29 at a Redding hospital of natural causes. He was 82.

Mr. Jacobs spent his later years working to prove that he was the radio operator photographed gazing up at the American flag as it was being raised by other Marines over Mount Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945.

Newspaper accounts from the time show he was on the mountain during the initial raising of a smaller American flag, though he had returned to his unit by the time a more famous AP photograph was taken of the raising of a larger flag later the same day.

Annette Amerman, a historian with the Marine Corps History Division, said “there are many that believe” Mr. Jacobs was the radioman. “However, there are no official records produced at the time that can prove or refute Mr. Jacobs’ location.”

The Marine with a radio on his back usually had been identified as Pfc. Gene Marshall, a radio operator with the 5th Marine Division who died in 1987. The other men involved in the raising all have died.

Mr. Jacobs was honorably discharged in 1946. He was called up during the Korean War in 1951 before he was eventually released as a sergeant, his daughter said.

Shell Kepler, 49, soap opera actress

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Shell Kepler, an actress who for years played the gossipy nurse Amy Vining on the TV soap opera “General Hospital,” died Friday at Oregon Health & Science University hospital, which did not give the cause of death. She was 49.

Miss Kepler’s busybody character on “General Hospital” was a fan favorite and enjoyed a long run, from 1979 to 2002. She was also in a 1982 Joan Collins film, “Homework,” and a couple of episodes of the sitcom “Three’s Company.”

On the side, she was a businesswoman, marketing clothing on the former Home Shopping Club. She said in a 1994 Associated Press interview that her “Lacy Afternoon” collection had sales topping $20 million that year alone.

Miss Kepler was born in Ohio and her family moved to California when she was 10. She recalled in 1994 that she didn’t have a driver’s license when she began trying out for film roles. She moved to Portland after her TV career and became involved in charity fundraising.

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