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Donald E. Brown: The place of death...


Donald E. Brown: The place of death of retired journalism professor Donald E. Brown, who died Dec. 18 at Church Home in Baltimore, was incorrectly reported in yesterday's editions.

The Sun regrets the error.

Donald E. Brown, 87, a former professor at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, died of prostate cancer Dec. 18 in Tempe, Ariz. Mr. Brown, who co-wrote the 1954 text "Radio and Television News," was also news director of radio stations across the Midwest. Before joining the Cronkite school, he taught journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. He retired in 1980.

Charles Bowden, 83, a producer who brought "Night of the Iguana" and other Tennessee Williams plays to the Broadway stage, died Sunday in New York.

While producing "Night of the Iguana" in 1961 and later "Slapstick Tragedy," Mr. Bowden became friends with the playwright. His other productions included Albert Camus' "Caligula" and David Storey's "The Changing Room."

Mr. Bowden was also an actor and made his Broadway stage debut in 1936 in Sidney Kingsley's "Ten Million Ghosts," which starred Orson Welles.

Leonard K. Firestone, 89, a tire magnate and a former ambassador to Belgium, died of complications of respiratory failure Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Mr. Firestone became a director of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., founded by his father, Harvey S. Firestone, in 1939 and president of Firestone Aviation Products Co. in 1941. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, retired as president of Firestone's California operations in 1970 and was ambassador to Belgium from 1974 to 1976.

Dr. Joseph C. Muhler, 73, a co-developer of Crest toothpaste credited with discovering that stannous fluoride could reduce tooth decay, died Tuesday in Fort Wayne, Ind. As a student at Indiana University dentistry school, Dr. Muhler studied fluoride and tooth decay at the suggestion of his biochemistry professor. Procter & Gamble began funding the research in 1949. The company tested the new toothpaste with Bloomington, Ind., public school students starting in 1951, and Crest made its debut in 1956. In 1967, the Navy awarded Dr. Muhler its highest civilian honor, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, for allowing the Navy to test and evaluate his discovery free.

Pub Date: 12/26/96

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