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Obituaries

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2003


CLARK MacGREGOR, 80, a former Minnesota congressman and an insider in President Richard Nixon's administration, died Monday while vacationing in Pompano Beach. He was Nixon's counsel for congressional relations at the time of the Watergate break-in on June 17, 1972. He was chairman of the Committee to Re-Elect the President from July to November 1972 as the story of the Watergate break-in began to unfold. It eventually led to Nixon's resignation in August 1974. Mr. MacGregor served suburban Minneapolis in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 1960s.

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STACY KEACH SR., 88, father of actors Stacy and James Keach and an accomplished character actor in his own right, died Thursday in Burbank, Calif. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he appeared in hundreds of movies, commercials, and television and radio shows. He had a recurring role as the inventive Professor Carlson on Get Smart.

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JOE CONNELLY, 86, a television writer-producer who was a creator of the family comedy Leave It to Beaver, died Thursday in Newport Beach, Calif. The series, co-written with Bob Mosher, became a household name, even though it ended in 1963 after six seasons. The show continues in syndication around the world. Earlier in their careers, Mr. Connelly and Mosher had a 12-year run writing for Amos 'n' Andy, including the early 1950s TV version of the popular radio show.

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DAVID FELLER, 86, a labor law expert who helped Thurgood Marshall challenge school segregation, died Monday in Oakland, Calif. During the 1950s, he was on an advisory committee of attorneys assisting Marshall, the general council for the NAACP at the time. Mr. Feller wrote or contributed to friend-of-the-court briefs in Brown vs. Board of Education and University of California vs. Bakke.

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HUGH TREVOR-ROPER, 89, who wrote The Last Days of Hitler but sullied his own reputation by incorrectly authenticating diaries said to have been the tyrant's, died Jan. 26 in London. His 1947 examination of Adolf Hitler's demise, commissioned by the British government, brought him wide renown. But the Hitler expert suffered great embarrassment in 1983 when certain materials turned out to be forgeries. A reporter for the German magazine Stern and the confessed forger of the diaries were each sentenced to more than four years in prison.

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