Scott Boyles, 89, a novelist who spun...


Scott Boyles, 89, a novelist who spun tales of the Old West under the pen name Will C. Brown, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer in San Diego. His first Western novel, "The Border Jumpers," became the basis for the 1958 movie "Man of the West," Gary Cooper's last cowboy epic. Two books, "The Nameless Breed" and "Caprock Rebel," are being republished this year. As a newspaperman, he wrote a twice-weekly column in the San Diego Evening Tribune for 15 years.

Al Hansen, 67, an avant-garde American artist who helped create the Happenings of the 1960s, died June 19 after suffering a heart attack in Cologne, Germany, where he had lived since 1985. In 1946, while in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, he created what may have been the first Happening, dropping a piano off a four-story building at an Armed Forces show in Frankfurt. His paintings often used collages of cigarette butts, chocolate bar wrappers and burnt matches.

Bob McNett, 69, a guitarist who toured with Hank Williams Sr., died June 21 of prostate cancer in Nashville, Tenn. He joined the Drifting Cowboys Band in 1948 and appeared on the Grand Ole Opry starting in 1949.

Randall Hunter Minor, 87, president of Shorter College from 1958 to 1982, died Monday in Rome, Ga. The private four-year liberal arts college has about 1,230 students.

Emery L. "Pete" Sasser, 62, retired dean of West Virginia University's Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, died of lung cancer Sunday in Morgantown, W.Va. He had been chairman of the mass communications department at the University of South Florida from 1973 to 1989.

The Rev. M. Jeanne Sproat, 61, the first woman ordained as a priest in the nation's largest Episcopal diocese, died of cancer Monday in Arlington, Mass. She was ordained by the Diocese of Massachusetts in January 1977, four months after the Episcopal Convention in Milwaukee allowed women to be ordained.

Zarko Broz, 71, son of the late Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito, has died of cancer, according to news reports yesterday from Belgrade. He fought in the Soviet Red Army during World War II and belonged to the Yugoslav Communist resistance against the Nazis that was headed by his father.

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