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Obituaries in the News
By The Associated Press, Richard Chelimo Sally Gracie Oscar Janiger Nicholas Orloff Paul Sliter Floyd Spence
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorney Paul Caruso, whose clients ranged
from entertainers and athletes to Charles Manson follower Susan
Atkins, died Tuesday. He was 81.
"Call Paul" became a popular anthem among celebrities in
trouble in the 1950s through the 1980s. He represented Atkins on
murder charges before lawyer Daye Shinn took over her defense in
the Tate-La Bianca murders.
Caruso also was the attorney for war hero and actor Audie
Murphy, who was charged with firing a gun at a dog trainer; Eddie
Nash, who was accused of four Laurel Canyon slayings; and TV sports
reporter Stan Duke in the gunshot slaying of radio commentator
Caruso also sued UCLA and Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar, for $1 million in 1969 on behalf of American
Basketball Association player Dennis Grey, whose jaw was broken
during a pickup basketball game.
Caruso in 1978 became founding president of the Italian-American
ELDORET, Kenya (AP) - Richard Chelimo, a former world-record
holder at 10,000 meters and an Olympic silver medalist in the
event, died Wednesday of a brain tumor. He was 34.
He broke the 10,000 meters world record in Stockholm in 1992. It
was broken within a week by fellow Kenyan Yobes Ondieki, the first
man to run the 10,000 meters in under 27 minutes.
Chelimo won the silver medal for the 10,000 meters at the Tokyo
World Athletics Championship in 1991, finishing behind countryman
At the 1992 Olympic Games (news - web sites) in Barcelona, Chelimo won the silver
medal, behind Moroccan Khalid Skah.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sally Gracie, an actress in television, film and
theater, died Monday. She was 80.
Gracie, who studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse,
appeared in Broadway revivals of "Major Barbara" and "Goodbye
She had roles in television's "Studio One," "Kraft Theater,"
"Alcoa Hour" and "Robert Montgomery Presents." Her films
included "Stage Struck" (1958) and "The Fugitive (news - Y! TV) Kind" (1959).
Gracie's first marriage to actor Rod Steiger ended in divorce.
Her second husband, Charles Kebbe, died last year.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Psychiatrist Oscar Janiger, an early
advocate of psychedelic drugs who was credited with turning on Cary
Grant and numerous other celebrities to LSD, died Tuesday of kidney
and heart failure. Janiger was 83.
Between 1954 and 1962, "Oz," as he was known to friends,
administered almost 3,000 doses of LSD to 1,000 volunteers. Among
them were Grant, fellow actors Jack Nicholson and Rita Moreno,
author Aldous Huxley and musician Andre Previn.
Janiger bought the drug, then legal, from Swiss pharmaceutical
manufacturer Sandoz Laboratories and administered it at his Los
Although his work predated that of LSD guru Timothy Leary, he
never gained widespread recognition for it.
Janiger, who took the drug 13 times himself, said he was
interested in LSD's link to creativity and what he called the
ability to access a state of crazy consciousness without losing
control of one's surroundings.
In 1986, he formed the Albert Hofmann Foundation for psychedelic
research, named after the chemist who first synthesized the drug.
He had abandoned his own LSD studies in 1962, however, after the
federal government began investigating researchers. The drug was
outlawed in the United States in 1966.
Born in New York City, Janiger, who was a cousin of poet Allen
Ginsburg, moved to Los Angeles in 1950, setting up a private
practice and later teaching at the University of California,
While an associate professor of psychiatry at Irvine, he studied
the connection between hormones and premenstrual depression in
Most recently, he was involved with a group studying dolphins in
their natural environment.
VALLEY COTTAGE, N.Y. (AP) - Nicholas Orloff, a dancer and ballet
teacher, died Tuesday at the age of 86.
Orloff was known for his performance of the Drummer, a character
he originated in David Lichine's 1940 "Graduation Ball."
He was a popular teacher with the Ballet Theater and other
schools. He continued to teach in Manhattan schools even after
suffering from a stroke three years ago.
Orloff appeared in the 1950 French film "Dream Ballerina" and
on Broadway in the musical "Pipe Dream."
He also was the ballet master of the Denver Civic Ballet in the
Born in Moscow, Orloff trained in Paris. He performed with the
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the Original Ballet Russe, Ballet
Theater, as the American Ballet Theater was known, and the Grand
Ballet du Marquis de Ceuvas.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - House Majority Leader Paul Sliter, a rising
Republican star in Montana politics, was killed Wednesday in a car
crash. He was 32.
Sliter, a four-term lawmaker, was known as an aggressive,
politically astute and self-confident legislator with a sense of
humor. He also worked as credit manager for his family's lumber
company and building supply store in Bigfork.
He was selected as majority leader last November, after the
elections. Term limits had removed many lawmakers, opening up
leadership posts for younger members such as Sliter.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Rep. Floyd Spence (news - bio - voting record), a soft-spoken opponent
of big government but tireless advocate of the military, died
Thursday, a week after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot
from his brain. He was 73.
During his 30 years in Congress, the South Carolina lawmaker was
known for his amiable ways - and for a rare double-lung transplant
he underwent in 1988. Earlier, as a state legislator in 1962, he
became the first Democrat in the state General Assembly to defect
to the Republican Party.
Spence became chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
when Republicans took control of the House in 1995 but had to give
it up in January because of House rules that limited chairmanships
to six years.
Primaries will be held 11 weeks after House Speaker Dennis
Hastert, R-Ill., declares the seat vacant.
During Spence's tenure in Congress, he maintained one of the
highest voting attendance records but was often criticized by
opponents for lack of his own legislation.
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