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Obituaries in the News (AP) ... world-record holder at 10,000 meters and an Olympic silver medalist in the event, died Wednesday of a brain tumor.... - Aug 17 6:55 AM ET


Posted on: 08/17/2001

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By The Associated Press, Richard Chelimo Sally Gracie Oscar Janiger Nicholas Orloff Paul Sliter Floyd Spence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorney Paul Caruso, whose clients ranged from entertainers and athletes to Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins, died Tuesday. He was 81.

"Call Paul" became a popular anthem among celebrities in trouble in the 1950s through the 1980s. He represented Atkins on murder charges before lawyer Daye Shinn took over her defense in the Tate-La Bianca murders.

Caruso also was the attorney for war hero and actor Audie Murphy, who was charged with firing a gun at a dog trainer; Eddie Nash, who was accused of four Laurel Canyon slayings; and TV sports reporter Stan Duke in the gunshot slaying of radio commentator Averill Berman.

Caruso also sued UCLA and Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for $1 million in 1969 on behalf of American Basketball Association player Dennis Grey, whose jaw was broken during a pickup basketball game.

Caruso in 1978 became founding president of the Italian-American Lawyers Association.

ELDORET, Kenya (AP) - Richard Chelimo, a former world-record holder at 10,000 meters and an Olympic silver medalist in the event, died Wednesday of a brain tumor. He was 34.

He broke the 10,000 meters world record in Stockholm in 1992. It was broken within a week by fellow Kenyan Yobes Ondieki, the first man to run the 10,000 meters in under 27 minutes.

Chelimo won the silver medal for the 10,000 meters at the Tokyo World Athletics Championship in 1991, finishing behind countryman Moses Tanui.

At the 1992 Olympic Games (news - web sites) in Barcelona, Chelimo won the silver medal, behind Moroccan Khalid Skah.

NEW YORK (AP) - Sally Gracie, an actress in television, film and theater, died Monday. She was 80.

Gracie, who studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse, appeared in Broadway revivals of "Major Barbara" and "Goodbye Again."

She had roles in television's "Studio One," "Kraft Theater," "Alcoa Hour" and "Robert Montgomery Presents." Her films included "Stage Struck" (1958) and "The Fugitive (news - Y! TV) Kind" (1959).

Gracie's first marriage to actor Rod Steiger ended in divorce. Her second husband, Charles Kebbe, died last year.

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Psychiatrist Oscar Janiger, an early advocate of psychedelic drugs who was credited with turning on Cary Grant and numerous other celebrities to LSD, died Tuesday of kidney and heart failure. Janiger was 83.

Between 1954 and 1962, "Oz," as he was known to friends, administered almost 3,000 doses of LSD to 1,000 volunteers. Among them were Grant, fellow actors Jack Nicholson and Rita Moreno, author Aldous Huxley and musician Andre Previn.

Janiger bought the drug, then legal, from Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Sandoz Laboratories and administered it at his Los Angeles office.

Although his work predated that of LSD guru Timothy Leary, he never gained widespread recognition for it.

Janiger, who took the drug 13 times himself, said he was interested in LSD's link to creativity and what he called the ability to access a state of crazy consciousness without losing control of one's surroundings.

In 1986, he formed the Albert Hofmann Foundation for psychedelic research, named after the chemist who first synthesized the drug.

He had abandoned his own LSD studies in 1962, however, after the federal government began investigating researchers. The drug was outlawed in the United States in 1966.

Born in New York City, Janiger, who was a cousin of poet Allen Ginsburg, moved to Los Angeles in 1950, setting up a private practice and later teaching at the University of California, Irvine.

While an associate professor of psychiatry at Irvine, he studied the connection between hormones and premenstrual depression in women.

Most recently, he was involved with a group studying dolphins in their natural environment.

VALLEY COTTAGE, N.Y. (AP) - Nicholas Orloff, a dancer and ballet teacher, died Tuesday at the age of 86.

Orloff was known for his performance of the Drummer, a character he originated in David Lichine's 1940 "Graduation Ball."

He was a popular teacher with the Ballet Theater and other schools. He continued to teach in Manhattan schools even after suffering from a stroke three years ago.

Orloff appeared in the 1950 French film "Dream Ballerina" and on Broadway in the musical "Pipe Dream."

He also was the ballet master of the Denver Civic Ballet in the mid-1970s.

Born in Moscow, Orloff trained in Paris. He performed with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the Original Ballet Russe, Ballet Theater, as the American Ballet Theater was known, and the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Ceuvas.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - House Majority Leader Paul Sliter, a rising Republican star in Montana politics, was killed Wednesday in a car crash. He was 32.

Sliter, a four-term lawmaker, was known as an aggressive, politically astute and self-confident legislator with a sense of humor. He also worked as credit manager for his family's lumber company and building supply store in Bigfork.

He was selected as majority leader last November, after the elections. Term limits had removed many lawmakers, opening up leadership posts for younger members such as Sliter.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Rep. Floyd Spence (news - bio - voting record), a soft-spoken opponent of big government but tireless advocate of the military, died Thursday, a week after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. He was 73.

During his 30 years in Congress, the South Carolina lawmaker was known for his amiable ways - and for a rare double-lung transplant he underwent in 1988. Earlier, as a state legislator in 1962, he became the first Democrat in the state General Assembly to defect to the Republican Party.

Spence became chairman of the House Armed Services Committee when Republicans took control of the House in 1995 but had to give it up in January because of House rules that limited chairmanships to six years.

Primaries will be held 11 weeks after House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., declares the seat vacant.

During Spence's tenure in Congress, he maintained one of the highest voting attendance records but was often criticized by opponents for lack of his own legislation.

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