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Janet Reno, First Female U.S. Attorney General, Dies At 78 : The Two-Way : NPR

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as attorney general of the United States, died early Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease. Reno's goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte and sister Margaret Hurchalla confirmed her passing to NPR.

Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends, D'Alemberte told The Associated Press. She was 78.


Hawkeye legend Duncan dies

Randy Duncan, an all-American and one of two quarterbacks to ever lead Iowa to a Rose Bowl victory, died Tuesday night following a lengthy battle with cancer.

The 79-year old native of Osage, Iowa, passed away in Des Moines, where he lived and practiced law after retiring from professional football in 1961.

The winner of the Walter Camp Trophy as a senior and selected as the national college player of the year by three organizations, the 1958 most valuable player in the Big Ten displayed rare talent.

His 2,615 yards passing from 1956-58 still ranks 16th on Iowa’s career passing list and his 2,719 yards rates 18th on the school’s career total offense list.

A two-time first team all-Big Ten quarterback, Duncan led Iowa to a 15-2-2 record in two seasons as a starter. He led the Big Ten in passing in 1958, completing his career by guiding Iowa to a 38-12 win over California in the 1959 Rose Bowl.



Phyllis Schlafly, Conservative Leader and Foe of E.R.A., Dies at 92 - The New York Times

Phyllis Schlafly, whose grass-roots campaigns against Communism, abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment galvanized conservatives for almost two generations and helped reshape American politics, died on Monday. She was 92.

Her death was confirmed by the Eagle Forum, the conservative organization she founded in 1975.

In her time, Mrs. Schlafly was one of the most polarizing figures in American public life, a self-described housewife who displayed a moral ferocity reminiscent of the ax-wielding prohibitionist Carry Nation. Richard Viguerie, who masterminded the use of direct mail to finance right-wing causes, called her “the first lady of the conservative movement.”


Richard O. Jacobson, benefactor to Iowa universities, dies at 79 | The Gazette

A University of Iowa business student who parlayed a few thousand dollars into creating his own warehouse business and a growing fortune that let him donate tens of millions of dollars to the state’s public universities and other organizations nationwide died Friday at his home in Clearwater, Fla. Richard O. Jacobson was 79.

Among his many philanthropic endeavors, Jacobson gave $11 million to the Center for Comprehensive Literacy at the University of Northern Iowa — the institution’s largest-ever gift.

At the University of Iowa, the Richard O. Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship is part of the Henry B. Tippie School of Business.

And he was a huge sports fan, donating millions to athletic programs at Iowa State University and the UI.


Ex-Hawkeye, arena football pioneer Roehlk dies | Iowa Hawkeyes Football |

Jon Roehlk was always the instigator, the organizer. He always was looking for something more he could do to improve himself and those around him.

That’s what allowed him to rise from Durant High School to become a two-year starter on the Iowa football team and one of the pioneers in the sport of arena football.

And it’s why so many people are grieving to learn that Roehlk passed away Sunday at the age of 54.


Ex-Oklahoma Sooners AD, Iowa State Cyclones football coach Donnie Duncan dies

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer admired one quality in Donnie Duncan above the many great ones his former assistant often displayed.

"He had great insight, a gift that a lot of people don't possess," Switzer said Sunday. "The way he could articulate his thoughts and convey them to you was a gift. I told him I wished I had the ability to say and write like he did and put down his thoughts on paper -- that's hard to do."

Duncan, a former Oklahoma athletic director, Big 12 administrator and Iowa State football coach, died Saturday at the age of 75. Son-in-law Patrick Reardon said Duncan, who suffered from cancer, died in his sleep in Dallas.


Nancy Reagan, widow of Ronald Reagan, dead at 94 | Fox News

Nancy Reagan, the widow of President Ronald Reagan and passionately devoted keeper of his flame, died Sunday morning of congestive heart failure at 94, according to her spokesperson.

Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles. She's set to be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband. Prior to the funeral, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library, the spokesperson said. Details had not yet been announced Sunday afternoon.


Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on 'M.A.S.H.,' dies at 82

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on "M.A.S.H.," has died.

The actor was surrounded by family when he died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia at age 82, his publicist and longtime friend Rona Menashe told The Associated Press.

Rogers' army surgeon Trapper John was one of the most beloved characters — and half of one of the most beloved duos — in TV history, despite the actor's appearing in only the first three of the show's 11 seasons on CBS.


June Kuhl Thurston

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Please join the family of June Elaine Norma Kuhl Thurston, 94, formerly of Davenport, who died peacefully Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at Windmill Manor, Coralville, for a celebration of life on Monday, Nov. 16, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Iowa City, at 1:30 p.m. The family will greet friends from noon until service time.