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Obituaries of note

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published March 8, 2003

DR. BERNARD J. BRIDGES, 74, the personal physician of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, died Monday in Atlanta from complications of diabetes. For more than four decades, he attended to the families of King, the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery. He was a member of the King Center board of directors and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

DR. JAMES D. HARDY, 84, who implanted the first animal heart into a human, helping pave the way for heart transplants, died Feb. 19 in Jackson, Miss. As the surgery chief of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he headed teams in three pioneering operations: the first human lung transplant in 1963, the first animal-to-human heart transplant in 1964, and a double-lung transplant that left the heart in place, in 1987. The 1964 operation, three years before the first human-to-human heart transplant was performed by South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard, transplanted a chimpanzee heart into a 68-year-old man dying of diabetes. The patient lived 90 minutes after the operation.

FRED FREIBERGER, 88, a film and television writer who also produced the 1953 motion picture cult classic The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, died Sunday in Los Angeles, said his son, Ben.

SIR GEORGE EDWARDS, 94, who designed the four-engine Viscount turboprop airliner and was a leading figure in the development of the supersonic Concorde, died Monday in England, his family said.

EDWIN "EDDIE" CHAMBERS DODSON, 54, a Hollywood, Calif., shop owner who became one of the most prolific individual bank robbers of the last century, died Feb. 21 in Los Angeles from liver failure related to hepatitis C and cancer. For a decade, he hobnobbed with Hollywood celebrities, models and designers in his trendy art and furniture shop on famous Melrose Avenue. But in 1983, to support a cocaine and heroin addiction, he started robbing banks. Retired FBI agent William Rehder said Mr. Dodson robbed more banks than any other individual -- 64 between July 1983 and February 1984 and eight more during a second string of crimes in 1999. He pleaded guilty to both crime strings and served about 13 years behind bars.

MARJORIE CRAIG CROWLEY, 90, a bestselling author of fitness books in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died Feb. 20 in Naples, her family said. Miss Craig's 21-Day Shape Up Program for Men and Women was published in 1968. Miss Craig's Face-Saving Exercises was published in 1970.

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