- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006

BALTIMORE (AP) — Paul H. Rappaport, the former Howard County police chief who ran for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket with Ellen Sauerbrey in 1994 and for the U.S. Senate in 2000, died Sept. 11 at Mercy Hospital after a long bout with cancer. He was 72.

Mr. Rappaport, an Ellicott City lawyer, had been treated since February 2002 for spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, said daughter Leslie Rosenthal.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Rappaport was a longtime Democrat who converted to the Republican cause in 1990 thanks to the influence of his wife of 41 years, Margaret Rappaport, the Howard County clerk of the court, Mrs. Rosenthal said.

Four years later, he was on the Republican ticket with Mrs. Sauerbrey, who came within 6,000 votes of defeating Parris N. Glendening in the race for governor in heavily Democratic Maryland.

Mr. Rappaport ran for state attorney general in 1998 and for the U.S. Senate seat of Paul S. Sarbanes in 2000.

In each of his campaigns, the conservative Republican faced the daunting challenge of raising money and getting votes against well-known and solidly entrenched officeholders in a politically moderate state.

Mr. Rappaport went to work for the state police at age 17 in 1951, later going back to college at nights to earn a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and a law degree in 1974. He rose to the rank of major before being appointed Howard County police chief in 1979.

He continued to practice law until his death, focusing on civil and domestic law.

“He had a hard time doing criminal work,” Mrs. Rosenthal said. “He used to say, ‘I spent too many years locking them up to be defending them now.’”

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include another daughter, Ami Rappaport; and a son, Glenn Shoemaker.

Edward King, 81,former governor

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Edward King, a conservative Democrat who defeated Gov. Michael S. Dukakis in a primary challenge in 1978, then lost a rematch four years later, died Sept. 18 after a fall. He was 81.

Mr. King twice underwent brain surgery after a fall earlier this year, then fell again this month and died at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

“We were competitors, we were rivals, but he was someone who worked at his job very, very hard,” Mr. Dukakis said.

Behind the slogan “Make It in Massachusetts,” Mr. King mounted a successful pro-business, tax-cutting challenge to Mr. Dukakis, winning by more than 100,000 votes in the 1978 Democratic primary.

After winning the general election, Mr. King froze property taxes, reduced state spending on social programs and undertook a variety of efforts to encourage business and agriculture.

Mr. King also took a tough stance on crime, introducing mandatory minimum sentences and getting voters to back a constitutional amendment to restore capital punishment.

The state’s highest court later ruled part of the law unconstitutional.

His stand on capital punishment prompted President Reagan to call Mr. King his “favorite Democratic governor.”

But Mr. King’s term also was troubled, as his administration faced charges of corruption, cronyism and incompetence.

With liberals mobilized against Mr. King, Mr. Dukakis beat him in a 1982 primary rematch and won a second term that November.

Mr. Dukakis became the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988, losing to Vice President George Bush.

Meanwhile, Mr. King switched to the Republican Party in 1985, saying the Democrats had “ceased to be the party of the sensible center.”

Born in Chelsea, Mass., Mr. King graduated from Boston College and played pro football with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Colts before joining the accounting firm Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery in Boston in 1953.

Later, he was at the Massachusetts Port Authority for 15 years, rising to executive director.

After leaving office, Mr. King joined the public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton and was involved in real estate development.

Mr. King’s wife, Josephine, died in 1995. He is survived by two sons, Timothy and Brian.

John W. Kime, 72,retired admiral

BALTIMORE (AP) — Retired Adm. John William Kime, a former commandant of the Coast Guard who helped develop the government’s response to oil spills such as the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989, has died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 72.

Born in Greensboro, N.C., Adm. Kime grew up in Baltimore and was inspired to enter the Coast Guard by a promotional spot that aired during a rain delay at an International League Orioles game in 1952.

He graduated second in his class from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1957.

During his 41-year service career, Adm. Kime commanded the Coast Guard district in Long Beach, Calif., directed operations for the Coast Guard district in Miami and served as captain of the Port of Baltimore.

He was appointed commandant in 1990 by the president and served for four years, overseeing 38,000 active-duty Coast Guard members and 5,000 civilian personnel.

The United Nations awarded Adm. Kime the International Maritime Prize in 1993.

After retiring in 1994, Adm. Kime led ship-management companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden. He worked with the Baltic and International Maritime Council, the world’s largest private shipping organization, until last year.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, the former Valerie J. Hiddlestone; sons Edward W. Kime of Bel Air, Md., and James G.W. Kime of Columbia, Md.; and a brother, Thomas Kime of Baltimore. His marriage to Nancy Sandin ended in divorce.



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