- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 7, 2005

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Paul Amen, a former University of Nebraska sports star and Olympic baseball player who was fired as state banking director after a financial scandal, died June 4 at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. He was 89 and had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for five years.

The son of German-Russian immigrants, Mr. Amen was a native of Lincoln and a three-year letter winner at Nebraska in baseball, basketball and football in the 1930s. He coached football at West Point and Wake Forest in the 1950s before turning to a banking career and coming back to Lincoln and the presidency of the National Bank of Commerce.

Mr. Amen was appointed state banking director in 1979 by Gov. Charles Thone and was fired from that job by Gov. Bob Kerrey in 1983, 15 days after the $68 million collapse of Lincoln’s Commonwealth Savings Co. More than 6,700 depositors lost money in the failed industrial loan and investment company.

Mr. Amen’s daughter said investigations by the FBI, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Lincoln Police Department and banking regulators never provided a factual basis for all the accusations.

June Edmondson, 85,congressman’s wife

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — June Edmondson, wife of a former congressman from Oklahoma and mother of the state’s attorney general and a state Supreme Court justice, died June 3 of complications from pneumonia. She was 85.

June Edmondson met and married Ed Edmondson while both served in the Navy during World War II.

After the war, they moved to Mr. Edmondson’s hometown of Muskogee and raised their children.

For 20 years, Mr. Edmondson served as congressman from Oklahoma’s 2nd District, and Mrs. Edmondson managed households in Oklahoma and the District. Mr. Edmondson died in 1990.

Among their children are state Supreme Court Justice Jim Edmondson and Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Mrs. Edmondson also is survived by a daughter, June Anglin, a Colorado attorney and mediator; and a son, Brian Edmondson, an elementary school counselor in Moore, Okla. She was the mother of the late Tad Edmondson.

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