Eugene S. Pulliam, 84, publisher of the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News and a staunch defender of press freedom during a 64-year career, died Wednesday night in Indianapolis. He became publisher after his father, Eugene C. Pulliam, died in 1975. The Star won the Pulitzer Prize that year for an investigation of police corruption and in 1991 for a series on medical malpractice. In the early 1950s, Mr. Pulliam assailed the smear tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and throughout his career defended the free speech protections of the First Amendment. Mr. Pulliam was the uncle of former Vice President Dan Quayle.
Lucille Kallen, 78, the only woman in the gifted group of comedy writers behind Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows," died Monday in Ardsley, N.Y., of cancer. The television program, which starred Caesar and Imogene Coca, was broadcast live on Saturday nights from 1950 to 1954 and is considered a classic; besides Ms. Kallen, its writers included Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Ms. Kallen wrote six novels, including the C. B. Greenfield mystery series and "Outside There, Somewhere," which explored the competing demands of motherhood and career.
Dick Grove, 71, an influential jazz pianist, composer and arranger who founded a school of music that taught such students as Michael Jackson and Linda Ronstadt, died Dec. 26 in Los Angeles of a heart attack. Mr. Grove established the Dick Grove School of Music in 1973. At its peak, the school had about 450 students, and classes were taught by such performers as Henry Mancini and Bill Conti. The Los Angeles Jazz Society awarded Grove its jazz educator award in 1988.
Pub Date: 1/22/99