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Obituaries of note

By Wire services
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published September 13, 2003

MARIE FOSTER, 85, a civil rights activist who helped launch a voting rights movement in Selma, Ala., and was brutally beaten by state troopers during a 1965 march to Montgomery, Ala., died Sept. 6 in Selma. She was among voting rights marchers beaten and turned back by sheriff's deputies and state troopers on March 7, 1965, which became known as "Bloody Sunday." The beatings were shown nationwide on television, turning the focus of the civil rights movement on Selma.

LARRY HOVIS, 67, an actor best known for his role as Sgt. Carter on the 1960s series Hogan's Heroes, died Tuesday in San Marcos, Texas. Mr. Hovis, who taught acting at Texas State University-San Marcos, had cancer.

MOE BILLER, 87, president of the American Postal Workers Union from 1980 to 2001, died Sept. 5 in New York, the union said. Born Morris Biller, he preferred to be known as Moe and became, in the words of his successor, William Burrus, "the hero of the U.S. Postal Workers movement." Postmaster General John Potter ordered that flags at postal facilities be flown at half-staff until Mr. Biller's burial.

MIKE STOKEY, 84, whose 1940s television show Pantomime Quiz brought Hollywood stars to the small screen and earned one of the six original Emmy statuettes, died Sunday in Las Vegas.

MONSIGNOR ROBERT P. HUPP, 88, who led Boys Town, the Nebraska home for needy and troubled boys, through far-reaching changes, including the admission of girls, died Aug. 29 in Mausten, Wis. The girls came in 1979, and Boys Town became Girls and Boys Town in 2000. He assumed leadership in 1973 in the wake of a crisis after a Pulitzer Prize-winning report in the Omaha Sun that said Boys Town was amassing much more money than it was spending to take care of boys. Boys Town was founded in 1917 by the Rev. Edward J. Flanagan, who was portrayed by Spencer Tracy in an Oscar-winning performance in the 1938 movie Boys Town.

MILDRED JEAN THOMPSON, 68, an artist known for her vibrantly colored abstract paintings, died Sept. 1 in Atlanta of cancer. Her works are in the permanent collections of New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the American Federation of the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution's National Collection of Fine Arts. One of the few black American women trained in the European abstract expressionist style, she also worked as a sculptor and printmaker, said a friend, Don Roman.

CHARLES LEE PILLMORE, 73, whose discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex track has helped paleontologists better understand the dinosaur, died Aug. 22 in Denver. He was a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey when he discovered the track in 1983. It was named Tyrannosaurus pillmorei, in his honor.

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