Ira Wolfert, 89, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war...


Ira Wolfert, 89, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter whose first novel, "Tucker's People," became the basis of the cult movie "Force of Evil," died Monday at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, N.Y.

Mr. Wolfert, who lived in Lake Hill, 46 miles southwest of Albany, wrote a series of stories about a November 1942 sea battle off Guadalcanal that won him the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. A correspondent for the North American Newspaper Alliance during World War II, he also won acclaim for his 1943 book "Tucker's People."

"Battle for the Solomons," a nonfiction eyewitness account, also was published in 1943, became a best seller, as did his 1948 novel "An Act of Love." "American Guerrilla in the Philippines" became a 1950 movie of the same name. "Tucker's People" was republished this year by the University of Illinois Press. Mr. Wolfert, a Brooklyn native, drew from his experience as a reporter covering racketeering trials to write the book.

Werner Hoefer, 84, a German television moderator for more than three decades who quit amid allegations he supported the Nazis, died Wednesday in Cologne, Germany.

For 35 years, Mr. Hoefer moderated a Sunday noontime show called "International Fruehschoppen," or "International Lunchtime Drink," in which he discussed news with international journalists. But he was forced to resign after news reports in December 1987 alleged that he supported the Nazis' execution of concert pianist Karlrobert Kreiten on Sept. 14, 1943.

Mr. Kreiten, one of Germany's finest pianists in the 1930s and 1940s, was executed for criticizing Adolf Hitler and predicting Nazi Germany would lose World War II.

Roger Yarrington, 66, former communications director for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday in Independence, Mo., of pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Yarrington was editorial director of the Herald Publishing House, the publishing arm of the church, until his retirement in December 1966. He had worked for the church for about 20 years.

Pub Date: 11/28/97

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