Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr.,69, who amassed a...


Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr.,69, who amassed a 3,000-piece American folk art collection, died Friday in New York. His residence was filled with paintings, shop signs, fish decoys, whirligigs, tramp art, tattoo designs and bottle-cap animals.

The collection spanned the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Artists included Martin Ramirez, Howard K. Finster, Jon Serl, Bessie Harvey, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Joseph Yoakum.

Mr. Hemphill for 10 years was first curator of the Museum of American Folk Art in New York after it opened in 1964.

Dave Selden,83, a history teacher who helped turn the fledgling American Federation of Teachers into a leading force in the U.S. labor movement, died Friday of heart failure in Kalamazoo, Mich.

He was AFT president from 1968 to 1974. He joined the teachers union as an organizer in 1949 when it had 35,000 members. When he left office in 1974, membership had grown to 473,000. Membership now stands at 975,000.

Mordechai Strigler,76, the editor of the Yiddish-language Forward and one of the most prolific Yiddish writers of the postwar period, died Sunday in New York of a brain injury from a fall.

Charles Wales Wyckoff,82, an expert in high-speed photography who analyzed the Abraham Zapruder film of the John F. Kennedy assassination and searched for the Loch Ness monster, died Saturday in Needham, Mass.

Roy Rowan,78, a veteran radio and television broadcaster best known as Lucille Ball's announcer for more than two decades, died in Los Angeles on Sunday of heart failure.

Holman "Peck" Wilson,96, a Louisville, Ky., broker who helped start Kentucky Educational Television, died Sunday in Louisville.

Pub Date: 5/14/98

Copyright © 2020, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad