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Lawrence "Bill" Dennis

Lawrence "Bill" Dennis

January 4, 1942 - September 21, 2022

Lawrence William “Bill” Dennis, aka Captain Jack, took his last flight on September 21, 2022. He died of advanced Parkinson’s Disease, after an illness of eight years.

Bill was born January 4, 1942, during a record-breaking snowstorm. His 80 years were no less exciting. His parents who preceded him in death were Lawrence Emil “Lorney” Dennis and Lucile Jeffers Dennis. Bill graduated from the “old” Dowling High School in 1960 and from Creighton University in 1965 with a degree in radio and TV broadcasting.

The word entrepreneur defined his adult life. After producing and directing television programs for KDPS (now KDIN), he became a teacher of radio and TV production at Tech High School. From then on, he formed many small businesses, some short in duration, others lasting several years. His mind was always moving, always looking ahead.

He became known as Captain Jack on WHO radio flying his Cessna airplanes over Des Moines to report on traffic morning and afternoon. He capitalized on his name and conceived of Captain Jack’s Christmas Tree Farm and Captain Jack Communications among many other businesses.

In 1963 he married Cicily Haller Dennis. Their son David Lawrence was born in 1966. They divorced in 2000. He married Rhonda in 2002. In 2007 after the death of his parents, the tree farm stopped its sales, and Bill and Rhonda permanently moved to a favorite location in Kissimmee FL despite hurricanes, heat and humidity. They moved back to Iowa in October 2021 as his health deteriorated to be near family. And indeed, they enjoyed the fun and laughter of family gatherings at all key events including his 80th birthday.

He had the opportunity to attend grandson Jason’s concerts and enjoyed playing monopoly with him. He was a faithful Hawkeye follower (with competition for time with Rhonda’s Cyclones). His move to Iowa gave him nearly a year to enjoy all of the other precious memories that families build.

Left to grieve him are Rhonda, sisters-law-Marie (Bob) Sander, Jeff (Tonya) Wheeler, Nedra Wheeler, and Tami Wheeler; his first wife Cicily, son Dr. David Dennis, grandson Jason Dennis, daughter-in-law Angela Rubino, 1st cousin Ray (Kathy) Dennis (they grew up nearly as brothers), Cicily’s five sisters Linda, Mary, Beth, Lisa (Bob), and Sybil and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Those preceding him in death include his parents, his brothers-in-law Bill Haller and Mack Gettler, nephews Alex and Andy Gettler, parents-in-law Ray Haller and Eleanor Butts.

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Nicolas Belfrage

Nicolas Belfrage

July 19, 1940 - September 17, 2022

Nicolas Belfrage MW, known as a pioneering Italian wine specialist, died on Saturday night at the age of 82 following a period of illness with Parkinson’s.

Born in Los Angeles in the US in 1940 to British parents, Belfrage moved to the UK aged 14. After working as a buyer for Europa Foods and Bretzel Foods in the late 1970s, he became a Master of Wine in 1980.

During the next decade he would make his name as an Italian wine specialist. As well as contributing to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and other publications, he wrote several books that changed perceptions of Italian wine, including Life Beyond Lambrusco and The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy.

In 1994 he sold his specialist Italian wine importer Winecellars. Two years later he founded Vinexus from his new home in Tuscany, and, from 2006, partnered with Nick Bielak MW. Belfrage described the company’s purpose as: “…to deliver on real Italian character, traceability and authenticity that are right for the tastes of export markets”. Earlier this year Bielak died after a short illness.

A statement released by The Institute of Masters of Wine about Belfrage’s death said: “Despite his battle with Parkinson’s disease, he had always remained in good spirits and had enjoyed a wonderful lunch with fellow MWs David Gleave and Sebastian Payne MW as recently as last month.”

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Kalani David

Kalani David

November 4, 1997 - September 17, 2022

Kalani David, a Hawaiian surfboarder and skater died at the age of 24 in Costa Rica on September 17. He will be remembered and missed by everyone.

The reason for Kalani David's death:

Kalani David had a condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. In this condition, an extra electrical pathway in the heart results in rapid heart rate and heartbeat. This syndrome is quite rare in individuals, and most of its symptoms are usually not life-threatening. Although, occasionally it leads to sudden heart problems and cardiac arrest.

In August 2016, he had a seizure while surfing in California. Things got worse after that.

During Christmas in 2016, he had a seizure of more than six hours that nearly took his life. He was at home in Oahu. He was in a coma for two days after this incident and underwent surgery in 2017. They removed extra muscle from his heart that was causing the seizures.

What did Kalani David's friends say about his untimely demise?
Peter King, who was a close friend and photographer of Kalani David, said that he loves his friend. Only God can understand the timing of this. He continued that life has never been easy; people always fight and learn. It is heartbreaking news. King also said Kalani David had a seizure in Costa Rica while surfing. David had met his family there and was happy. Reminiscing, Peter King also said that he will never forget David's stroke when they shot for skate 'n surf and how much hope he had for his future. His prayers are with David's family and extended family, who were always there for him

Kelly Slater wrote that Kalani David was one of the best skateboarders they had ever known. David was constantly testing boundaries and pushing his limits. They offer their condolences to all their family and friends across the globe.

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Brian Sherman

Brian Sherman

January 1, 1943 - September 11, 2022

Brian Sherman, who died this week, was one of the “Equitilink twins”, a funds management duo who democratised sharemarket investing while riding the 1980s bull market unleashed by Paul Keating’s deregulation of the financial system. He was 79 years old.

This week, Sherman, who died after a decade of fighting Parkinson’s disease, won plaudits for his contribution to the arts, his philanthropy, his work on the Sydney Olympic Committee and for using all his energy and drive to transform the Australian Museum between 2001 and 2009.

But his mighty contribution to financial services, including helping build the first significant Australian funds management business in North America with $3 billion in funds under management, has not been examined in detail.

Sherman’s death has left a gaping hole in the life of the other Equitilink twin, Laurence Freedman, who, for the first time, shares his memories of a business partnership that lasted 20 years.

Sherman and Freedman’s first connection was a familial one and happened in their country of birth, South Africa.

Sherman, who was from the small town of Brakpan, married Freedman’s cousin Gene, who later went on to become one of the towering figures of the Australian art world.

Sherman was convinced to migrate to Australia by Freedman, who had already made the leap to Sydney, where he worked as a junior at global gold miner Gold Fields.

Soon after, Sherman arrived in Australia with his wife and two kids, and $5000 in his bank. He quickly got a job with the Bank of NSW, the country’s oldest bank, now known as Westpac. He worked in the fixed interest department, which soon became aware of his talent for investing.

“Brian revolutionised the way that they functioned,” Freedman says. “The portfolio had about 20 different government authority stocks and they had one common feature, which nobody had focused on.

“They were all guaranteed by the federal government. He basically sold everything and put it into one investment with superior yield and the same level of security.”

Freedman, who did an accountancy degree while studying at night, switched from Gold Fields to the Bankers Trust funds management arm, Pendal, which was a hotbed of financial entrepreneurs.

Freedman and Sherman joined forces in 1981 with the formation of Equitilink, the first funds management company specifically aimed at offering retail investors the kind of sophisticated products sold to institutions.

For the next 20 years, they shared the same office, overheard each other’s conversations and brainstormed ideas about opportunities in funds management.

What distinguished Sherman and Freedman from their competitors was the lack of silos in the Equitilink business. They managed the money, developed the marketing strategy and went out on the road to sell the products.

There is no doubt their business rode high on the surge in the value of the Australian sharemarket, which rose from $53 billion in 1983 to $225 billion in 1987.

Much of that was thanks to Keating’s reforms, particularly the introduction of dividend imputation which ended the double taxation of company distributions.

The 1980s was a fortuitous time to launch retail unit trusts because former nascent financial planning firms such as Monitor Money were open to the receipt of healthy upfront commissions.

The Equitilink domestic retail funds paid an upfront fee to the planner of 8 per cent while Sherman and Freedman earned a management fee set at 1.5 per cent of the funds under management.

But generous commissions would have been all for nought if Equitilink had not delivered market-leading returns, which it did until the 1987 sharemarket crash. Its losses were only about 9 per cent, a relatively modest fall compared with the 50 per cent fall in the ASX.

During one of the Sherman/Freedman brainstorming sessions, which were held either on long walks around the harbour or in a Japanese basement restaurant on Macquarie St, the two agreed that Equitilink should take on the US market.

They hired top-line US brokers to help sell closed-end, listed investment companies, which have the advantage of having permanent capital under management.

Freedman says these were right in the sweet spot of the pair’s philosophy, which was “risk averse, but adventurous”.

“We were, on the one hand, risk-takers, but we took the lowest possible risk with the highest potential reward,” he says. “As a result, we never borrowed money and we funded expansion from our own cash flow.”

Freedman gives a nod to Keating for the success of their first American fund, which raised about $US90 million.

“Thanks to Paul Keating and others, interest rates were about 18 per cent in Australia and about 8 per cent in the States and the Americans loved it,” he says.

The second fund, which was invested in Australian equities, was a blockbuster. The two divided up 92 cities between them and then worked for six weeks selling the idea of Australia as the centre of the Asia-Pacific region. They raised $US1 billion.

When Equitilink was sold to Aberdeen Asset Management in 2000 for $153 million, it had $5.5 billion under management, with 55 per cent of that in the US.

Freedman says his relationship with Sherman was unusual because they were both partners and rivals.

“We always had this need to compete with whoever we were up against whether it was each other or competitors,” he says.

As the Equitilink business grew, Sherman and Freedman turned their entrepreneurial talent to corporate situations using their own private funds as well as the Equitilink “treasury” funds.

Their most famous corporate play was Telecasters North Queensland, which had a major shareholding in Channel Ten.

The Equitilink twins joined forces with American media guru Izzy Asper to gain control of Ten. Others in the ownership consortium were Jack Cowin of Hungry Jacks, John Singleton, Isi Leibler, Robert Whyte, AMP and Steven Skala.

Under Asper’s leadership and Ten managing director John McAlpine, the station owned the 16-to-39 year age group with programs such as The Simpsons and Big Brother. The consortium bought Ten from Westpac in 1992 for $230 million and within five years it was worth $650 million.

Sherman’s fight against Parkinson’s disease was described sensitively by Jill Margo in a lunch with The Australian Financial Review earlier this year.

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Stephen Clare Yohn

Stephen Clare Yohn

January 1, 1950 - August 31, 2022

Stephen Clare Yohn was born in 1950 in Portland, OR. He died from Parkinson’s complications at home, with his wife by his side on August 31, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Corrinne Yohn and sister Debbie.

In 1958, his family moved to San Bernadino, CA. In 1971, Steve joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM) a Christian ministry. He served 3 months in Las Vegas, then hitchhiked to New York and worked at various jobs. He flew to Luxemburg and hitch hiked to Munich, took trains to his destination of Kabul, Afghanistan. The ministry was to those on the Hippy Trail who were young people who left Western society in search of enlightenment and cheap drugs. Kabul was a key stop on the Trail.

Steve lived in the Dilaram House with others from YWAM. They served hippies who were sick, lonely and disillusioned. The world travelers were invited for meals where Christianity and the claims of Christ were discussed. Many came to Christ as a result of it.

In 1973 and out of money, he flew to New York and hitch hiked to San Diego, where he attended college. In 1984, he met Brenda Shuck, they married in 1985. In 1987, they moved to Pasadena where he attended Fuller Theological Seminary, graduating with a Masters in Divinity in 1990. In 1991, he pastored Cedonia Community Church in Hunters, WA. In 1997, Steve pastored Faith Bible Church in Reno, where he served faithfully for over 18 years. During this time, he went to Russia once and Uganda 3 times, teaching and encouraging pastors in sound Biblical doctrine.

In 2013 Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and retired from Faith Bible Church in 2016. In 2018 he authored and published a book “The Fear of God”. He graciously lived with Parkinsons until his death. Steve was faithful to the Lord and devoted to his wife Brenda. Steve was humble, had a quick wit and was known for his humorous Christmas letters. He was committed to his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is survived by his adoring wife Brenda, his brother Jim and sister Mary, many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

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David P. Shannon

David P. Shannon

January 1, 1935 - August 29, 2022

David P. Shannon, whose life was defined by four careers as a Calvert Hall College High School educator, football coach, actor and antiques dealer, died Monday, August 29, 2022, from complications of Parkinson’s disease at Gilchrist Center in Towson. The Parkville resident was 87.

Dave was born in Washington, D.C. to the late John R. Shannon and Marguerite Cahill Shannon. He was a devoted husband of 62 years to his wife Judith Marie Shannon (nee Van Fossen); loving father to his daughters, Donna Shannon Kable and her husband Greg, Marguerite Willbanks and her husband Jeff, and Mary Beth Stapleton and her husband Gary, Sr.; doting grandfather of Gary Stapleton, Jr and his wife Erin, David Stapleton and his wife Gen, Daniel Stapleton, and Shannon Stapleton; and adoring great-grandfather to Marcus and Anna Stapleton. Dave was also a loving brother to Jack Shannon and his wife Ruth Ann, and beloved uncle of David, Christie, and Katie; and dearly loved brother-in-law of Mary Ann Van Fossen, and her wife Sheila.

Dave was a fixture at Calvert Hall College High School from 1966-2003. A true Renaissance man, Dave taught Social Studies and served as Defensive Coordinator for the Varsity Football team for 17 years. For many years, he served as the school’s graduation cantor at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

He was widely known for his beautiful Baritone singing voice, gracing stages all over the Baltimore area for decades in a wide variety of roles and productions. Dave loved traveling with his wife Judith, never driving past an historical marker without stopping to learn more and enjoyed classical music. His wonderful sense of humor brought immense joy to all who knew him.

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Michael Edward Hickey

Michael Edward Hickey

May 30, 1938 - August 28, 2022

Michael E. Hickey of Columbia, Maryland, died on August 28, 2022, at age 84.  Born 1938 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, his family moved to Walla Walla, Washington, in 1942 where he grew up.  He was an Eagle Scout who joined the Marines following high school graduation. Following his honorable discharge from the Corps he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, taught high school English for two years and then returned to the U of W, completing his master’s and then Ph.D. with highest honors in 1969. He was then recruited to work as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools where he led the team that successfully desegregated the schools voluntarily and, at the age of 34, he was named the system’s Deputy Superintendent.

He served as Superintendent of St. Louis Park Schools in Minnesota from 1976 to 1984, leaving that position to become Superintendent of the Howard County Public School System in Maryland where he served for 16 years until June 30, 2000.  His career in education took a new course when he retired from the county position and joined the faculty of Towson University the very next day as a Professor and Director of the Center for Leadership in Education until his retirement in 2018.  He was considered one of the foremost national authorities in public education leadership, and he devoted many years to helping to improve underserved populations and inner-city school systems.

Michael was an avid bicyclist, who enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife of 38 years, Nichole Hickey.  For many years he volunteered at the Columbia Festival of the Arts, where Nichole was the Executive Director.  He also loved Washington Husky football, Walla Walla wines, spending time with his grandsons, and outdoor grilling on the weekends with Nichole on their deck overlooking the pond in their backyard.

He is survived by Nichole, his three children Michael E. Hickey Jr. (Denney), Kevin P. Hickey (Jodi), and Sean T. Hickey, and three grandsons, Kellen R. Hickey (Lindsay), Jack P. Hickey and Luke J. Hickey.  He is also survived by his brother Patrick Hickey (Francis) and sister Mary Hunt.  Predeceased in death by his son, Timothy F. Hickey and sister, Kathleen Hickey.

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Marlan Keith Rohlena

Marlan Keith Rohlena

December 2, 1940 - August 24, 2022

Marlan was born on December 2, 1940 to Emil & Lillian (Ludvicek) Rohlena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In eighth grade, the one room schoolhouse he attended consolidated to a community school district. This is where he first met Barbara Koutny. They both graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids and the University of Iowa. He and Barb married in 1962 and embarked on a nearly 60 year life together.

In 1967, with his draft number about to be called, Marlan enlisted in the Air Force. After 2 years at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, he served in Vietnam at Cam Ranh Bay AB as an Air Transportation Supervisor. Following his service in Vietnam, he was stationed in Germany for several years. Marlan & Barb welcomed daughter Sarah in June 1971 in Wiesbaden, Germany. Rumor has always been she was born 9 months + 1 day after Marlan’s return from Vietnam.

After Marlan’s honorable discharge from the Air Force, a serviceman he’d met from Salem said they should consider moving to Oregon. Marlan headed west from Iowa in their VW Beetle looking for his post-service career and a new home for his family. He ended up in the Gresham, Oregon area and immediately loved the green trees, rivers, mountains, and milder climate. He had 2 interviews – Sporting Goods Manager at Kmart, and a position at School Bus Services, a school bus contractor. Luckily he accepted the latter offer and began his almost 50 years in the school bus business. After a few years in the contracting business, he took on the sales responsibility for Western Bus Sales, the Blue Bird school bus dealer in Oregon.

Daughter Mollie was born in February 1977, and not long after, they moved to a rural area east of Gresham, where they would live until 2012. The 3+ acre property offered him opportunities to destress, such as raising farm animals, mowing grass, and tinkering around in the barn that was likely not wired to updated electrical code.

In 1988, and with financial support from his dad Emil and her mom Lenora, Marlan & Barbara Rohlena purchased Western Bus Sales (WBS) and moved the company to Clackamas. At that time, there were just 3 employees. Through hard work, determination, mistakes, and sometimes pure luck, the company eventually outgrew that facility and moved to the current location in Boring, Oregon. Daughter Sarah got her Masters Degree in teaching, joined the company as a temp in 1995, and today is the Director of Sales. Daughter Mollie never wanted to work at WBS, but changed her mind in 1997 and after college joined the team; today she is the President. Son-in-law Colby started in the shop in 1995 which is when he met Mollie. Colby went on to work through the Service Department ranks with a passion to grow the operations side of the company. They’ve been married for 21 years and he is Director of Operations. It remains a true family owned and run business.

Marlan retired from WBS in 2008 but never lost the passion and interest in the customers and the school bus business. He gained many of his greatest friends and life experiences from his nearly 5 decades in the industry.

Marlan and Barb loved to travel, both as a couple and with family and friends. They were able to take some incredible trips to Italy, the Republic of Georgia (that’s a bus sales story for another day), Alaska, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Hawaii, Mexico, Peru, and across the United States.

Marlan loved camping & fishing and he had a real passion for deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean. These were hobbies he shared with Sarah and her husband Chad, granddaughter Kaycee and grandson Caleb. They spent many memorable camping & fishing trips together.

More than 15 years ago, Marlan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He found great support in his community through Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon with their exercise classes, as well as caregiver support programs. More recently, he became very involved in fundraising for their annual Sole Support event. It certainly scratched the itch of his competitive nature for a cause close to his heart.

Marlan was exceptionally proud of and loved his children, their husbands, his three grandchildren, and most recently, his three great grandchildren. Before moving off their rural property, the grandkids got to ride and then learn to drive his John Deere tractor. He relished every opportunity to watch the grandkids play their sports, something he missed greatly when his mobility diminished due to Parkinson’s.

In 2021, Marlan & Barb moved to Assisted Living at Bonaventure of Gresham for additional care giving support. The last year at Bonaventure provided fun activities for Marlan such as playing pool, bingo, bus outings, card games, and most recently, competitive cornhole.

Marlan is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years and steadfast caregiver, Barbara; his daughter Sarah Jones (Chad) and granddaughter Kaycee Honey (Casey) and great grandchildren Tristan, Lyncoln and Collins, and grandson Caleb; his daughter Mollie Blagg (Colby) and granddaughter Norah; his brother Larry (Barb); his brother Ron (Robbie); and all his nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends from every walk of his life.

He is predeceased by his parents, Emil & Lillian Rohlena, and his sister Sandra.

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Bryce Nelson

Bryce Nelson

December 16, 1937 - August 20, 2022

Bryce Nelson, a former Los Angeles Times reporter and a longtime professor at USC’s journalism school, where he served as director in the 1980s, died Saturday of complications from Parkinson’s disease, his family said. He was 84.

After stints at the Washington Post, where he reported on Congress and foreign affairs, and Science magazine, Nelson joined the Los Angeles Times in 1969. Over the next 13 years, he served as a Washington correspondent and as Midwest bureau chief, covering the nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island, the Attica prison riot and the uprising at Wounded Knee, among other stories. He then joined the science staff of the New York Times, reporting on human behavior.

A long academic career followed. He was director of USC’s School of Journalism from 1984 to 1988, served as chair of the school’s graduate studies from 1993 to 1997 and remained a professor there until his retirement in 2014.

“Bryce had a very strong moral center,” said Joe Saltzman, a USC journalism professor and former colleague. “He wasn’t swayed by trends. He wasn’t swayed by what’s popular today.” He described Nelson as a champion of “old-fashioned values of accuracy, fairness and transparency.”

Nelson was known to students for giving generously of his time.

“You give me a list of professors who are fantastic with students, he’d be on that list,” Saltzman said. “He never said, ‘I’m busy.’ He said, ‘Come on in, let’s talk.’ He would spend literally hours with his students, where few of his colleagues would.”

Nelson was born Dec. 16, 1937, in Reno, Nev., to Herman and Jennie Nelson. He graduated from Harvard, where he was president of the student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, and later earned a master of philosophy degree in politics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. For years, he encouraged USC students to apply to the scholarship program.

Nelson served as senior advisor for press information for the Christopher Commission, which investigated the Los Angeles Police Department after the beating of Rodney King.

When the commission issued its report in 1991, Nelson had copies distributed to journalists with the proviso that they wait two hours to share it with the public — a method known as an “embargo.”

“He trusted that everybody would abide by it, and we all did, except for one TV reporter,” said Judy Muller, a former ABC news correspondent and later one of Nelson’s colleagues at USC.

“I remember he was so appalled that somebody would do that after he’d worked so hard to get an agreement that was fair to everybody,” she said. “Bryce just looked crestfallen. It was the only time I’d ever seen him express anger about something.”

She said Nelson was a print journalist through and through, coming of age in the decades before student reporters were learning to tweet in the field.

“He was definitely from another era,” she said. “He had this really high sense of the integrity of the profession that had to be adhered to, whether you were tweeting or writing a long piece in the New York Times. That was the bottom line for him.”

After he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, which curtailed his mobility, he came by Muller’s office at USC and asked her when she planned to retire.

“He said, ‘Don’t wait too long, because I thought I’d have all this time to travel and do all the things I wanted to do, and now I can’t,’” Muller said.

Nelson was a go-to source when reporters wanted a quote on journalistic ethics or the state of the news industry.

In 1995, Nelson blasted CBS News for being on a “quest for gossipy journalism” after interviewer Connie Chung coaxed Newt Gingrich’s mother into a nasty remark about Hillary Clinton.

In a 1996 Tampa Tribune story about Time magazine’s Most Influential People list, Nelson lamented the rise of “sales-oriented journalism” that crowded out “more important, serious journalism.”

In a 2005 Daily Trojan story about left-leaning political bias among college journalism teachers, Nelson said ideology was irrelevant in his classroom, and he taught students to keep their personal feelings out of their reportage.

“Journalists try to view things as dispassionately and nonpartisan as possible,” he said. “Journalism professors follow a professional model. People aren’t closely identified with a political party, and if they are, as journalists, they tend to be suspect.”

Nelson rarely turned away interview requests, and his years as a reporter gave him a sense of what journalists needed.

“He wouldn’t give flip, quick answers just to get a journalist off the phone,” Saltzman said. “He didn’t mind silence. So if a reporter asked him a question, there might be a long pause on the other end. He would very carefully give a measured, thoughtful answer, which is rare.”

Nelson was married to Martha Streiff Nelson, a children’s therapist, for 41 years before her death in 2002. His daughter, Kristin Nelson Winton, died in 2015.

“Bryce was a beautiful man,” said his second wife, Mary Shipp Bartlett, of Pasadena. “He did everything with grace, even his exit from the world.”

Nelson is survived by Bartlett; his son, Matthew Nelson, of Richardson, Texas; granddaughter Anneka Winton of Bend, Ore.; and two brothers.

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Mike Hales

Mike Hales

January 1, 1944 - August 12, 2022

East Devon Scout leader Mike Hales has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Mike, who was born in Hammersmith, London, dedicated 63 years to the Scouting movement, having first joined as a cub in the 3rd Chiswick Scout Group in 1951.

When he moved to Exmouth in 1984, Mike worked at the former Sharp’s timber yard and later with Jewson’s in Fore Street, Exmouth, from where he retired. However, he continued his Scouting until his illness forced him to stand down in 2014.

Mike initially worked with the 3rd Exmouth and later became treasurer and chairman of the 1st Withycombe Cub Scouts. He was then persuaded to help relaunch the 1st Lympstone Scout Group where he became Group Scout Leader in the early 1990s.

The troop was suspended in 2009 but came back stronger in 2011 with the addition of a Beaver Colony and Cub Pack. His sister Sue Solomon recalled that, at the time of his links to the 18th Chiswick group, Mike and his Scouts assisted with the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley where the boys were kept busy as runners ferrying rolls of film to cameramen sitting behind the goals. Mike had the best view in the stadium for the “They think it’s all over…;” moment as England beat Germany.

A two-year trip travelling through South Africa, Rhodesia (modern day Zimbabwe and Zambia), Botswana and Mozambique, saw him working for a time with a Scout troop in Boksburg.

Said Sue: “Mike inspired hundreds of boys and girls across the country and abroad to do their best. His sense of fun, lifelong love of the Scouting movement and love of the outdoors, will live on in all the children who have been lucky enough to call him ’Skip’”.

Mike died on August 12 at the Old Rectory Nursing Home in Exeter and a private family cremation was held last week.

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