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Obituaries of note

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 11, 2005

DR. DANIEL A. RUGE, 88, the White House physician who made crucial decisions in the care of President Ronald Reagan after he was shot in 1981, died Aug. 30 in Denver. He was standing near Reagan when John W. Hinckley Jr. shot the president in the chest. At George Washington University Hospital, Dr. Ruge insisted Reagan be treated by the hospital's trauma team instead of taking charge himself or summoning high-powered surgeons. Many doctors credited Reagan's recovery, if not his survival, to Dr. Ruge's decision not to disrupt the hospital's routine.

THE REV. KATRINA SWANSON, 70, who challenged centuries of church law in the 1970s as one of a group of women ordained as the first female Episcopal priests, died Aug. 27 in Manset, Maine. In July 1974 she and 10 other women were ordained in Philadelphia. Two weeks later, the church declared the ordinations invalid. Two years later, the church approved the ordination of women.

HENRY LUCE III, 80, son of the founder and editor in chief of Time Inc., who held prominent positions at the company and went on to be head of the Henry Luce Foundation, died Wednesday on Fishers Island, N.Y.

STANLEY DANCER, 78, who became harness racing's most successful trainer, driver, owner and breeder during the sport's glory days from the 1940s to the '60s, died Thursday in Pompano Beach. His first victory came in 1946, his 3,781st and last in 1995. Over his career, he won $28-million.

KATHY WILSON, 54, former head of the National Women's Political Caucus, died Sept. 1 in Rehoboth Beach, Del., apparently of heart failure, said her sister-in-law, Ann Goodrich. From 1981 to 1985, she was chairwoman of the bipartisan group that seeks to foster women's participation in the political process.

FRED JOERGER, 91, one of Disneyland's original modelmakers who crafted miniature versions of the park's attractions, died Aug. 26 in Los Angeles.

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