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Obituaries

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 11, 2002

HARSEN SMITH, 94, who helped build the family firm of Chris-Craft into one of the largest boat manufacturers in the world, died Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Smith, the grandson of company founder Christopher Columbus Smith, was chairman of the company's board when Chris-Craft was sold in 1960. In May 1959 he was on the cover of Time magazine, which described him as "the man who perhaps more than any other put the U.S. family afloat."

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GEN. NE WIN, 91, Myanmar's former military dictator who dragged his country from the verge of prosperity down into poverty during his 26 years in power, died Thursday under house arrest om Yangon. He retired from politics in 1988, just before a popular uprising for democracy erupted, triggered by his quarter century of misrule and catapulting Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of the late independence hero Gen. Aung San, to political prominence.

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WILLIAM HENSON, 78, an animator who helped bring Bullwinkle the Moose to life, died in Dallas after being struck by a pickup truck Dec. 2. He worked on Song of the South, Walt Disney's first post-war feature, Peter and the Wolf, and Pecos Bill. For Famous Studios in New York, he worked on Casper the Friendly Ghost.

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THERESA MILLER, 44, a Columbine High School teacher who ran through the hallways warning people during the 1999 massacre there, died Dec. 2 in Littleton, Colo., of colon cancer. The diagnosis came a few months after two students attacked the school on April 20, 1999, setting off explosives and killing 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves. Mrs. Miller, who was on hall duty at the time, extinguished a fire started by a pipe bomb, led dozens of students to safety and stayed with fellow teacher Dave Sanders as he bled to death from gunshot wounds. The next day, President Bill Clinton, in an address, noted her heroism.

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