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Anne Carlsen, 87, who was born without hands or feet and gained national acclaim as a teacher of handicapped children, died Sunday in Jamestown, N.D.

She was a teacher, principal and administrator for more than 40 years at the Jamestown school that now bears her name.

Former Gov. William Guy awarded her the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, which is North Dakota's highest honor, in 1966.

Ms. Carlsen was the youngest of six children. Her mother died when she was 4 and her father became the guiding influence in her life.

She started public school at age 8, finishing an average of two grades a year, and was ready for high school by age 12. She earned degrees from the University of Minnesota and Colorado State University.

She accepted a high school teaching job in 1938 at what was then the Good Samaritan Society for Crippled Children School in Jamestown. She retired in 1981 as a classroom teacher, principal and guidance counselor, having won a national reputation as a pioneer in the education of physically handicapped children.

In 1958, she was named the Outstanding Handicapped Person in the Nation. In 1981, she was awarded the Woman of Conscience Award by the National Council of Women of the United States.

Harry Gorodetzer, 88, a former Philadelphia Orchestra cellist who was the last musician hired for the orchestra by famed conductor Leopold Stokowski, died of kidney failure there Friday.

Mr. Gorodetzer was a cellist for the orchestra for 50 seasons.

His grandfather was a town musician in Ukraine and his father conducted the Walnut Street Theater Orchestra in Philadelphia. His brother Sam was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra bass section.

Mr. Gorodetzer auditioned for Mr. Stokowski in 1936 while a student at the Curtis Institute. Mr. Stokowski was about to turn over the director's post to Eugene Ormandy, who also was at the audition.

Mr. Gorodetzer often played at retirement homes after he retired in the 1980s.

Sidney Glazier, 86, producer of the 1968 film comedy The Producers, died Saturday in Bennington, Vt.

The movie, which earned an Oscar for Mel Brooks, its scriptwriter, tells the story of two crooked theatrical producers whose fraudulent moneymaking scheme requires that their new musical fail. But against all expectations, it turns out to be a hit and lands them in jail.

A stage version of the story was produced on Broadway.

In 1965, Mr. Glazier produced The Eleanor Roosevelt Story, which won an Oscar that year for Best Documentary Feature.

Other successful films produced by Glazier included Take the Money and Run (1969), starring Woody Allen, and Twelve Chairs (1970), with another Mel Brooks script, which was based on a satirical Russian novel.

In 1973, Mr. Glazier turned his hand to television and produced Catholics, a drama about the clash between traditionalism and reform in the Roman Catholic Church after Vatican II, which won a Peabody Award.

William G. Bennett, 78, the former Circus Circus Enterprises chairman who marketed Nevada casinos as family-friendly tourist destinations and revived the Sahara hotel-casino, died in his sleep Sunday in Las Vegas.

During a 37-year career, he attracted middle-class families to Circus Circus casinos in Las Vegas, Reno and Laughlin, and pitched his company as a mainstream business to investors once wary of the industry.

Mr. Bennett bought Circus Circus Enterprises with partner William Pennington in 1974 and took the company public in 1983. He resigned in 1995 as stock prices dipped despite newly opened Las Vegas Strip resorts Excalibur and Luxor. The company is now Mandalay Resort Group.

But Mr. Bennett then bought the Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas, which he remodeled and pitched as an affordable tourist destination.

Once valued by Forbes magazine at more than $600 million, Mr. Bennett gave more than $10 million to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Robert Winslow Bragg, 85, a graphic artist who designed the Delta Air Lines logo, died Saturday in Atlanta.

Mr. Bragg, a Pratt Institute graduate, also did graphic design for Coca-Cola, Georgia Power, Lowe's and Lockheed. He also designed camouflage for a pipeline in India as a solder in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.

He developed the familiar airline logo by placing a set of wings inside the triangular Greek letter, delta, and coloring it red, white and blue. The design has endured for half a century.

Mr. Bragg moved to Atlanta in 1952 to be near Delta, a major client for Burke Dowling Adams Advertising Agency, where he was a vice president for 14 years.

Helen Grace, 88, who along with her husband oversaw a Southern California chain of chocolate stores bearing her name, died Saturday in Huntington Beach.

About 60 years ago, Mrs. Grace suspected her husband was going to buy her a box of chocolates for her birthday. Instead, he bought her a chocolate store.

It was the beginning of a multimillion-dollar chocolate empire encompassing several Southern California retail stores. The chain also spawned a fund-raising program that raised more than $200 million for schools.

The Grace family sold the chocolate company last year.

John Kyl, 83, a former Iowa congressman and assistant secretary of the interior, died Monday at his home in Phoenix. He had suffered from heart disease and diabetes.

A former Nebraska public school teacher and television anchor in Ottumwa, Iowa, Mr. Kyl was a Republican who represented the south central section of the state in the House of Representative in the 1960s and early 1970s. His son, Jon Kyl, is a senator from Arizona.

John Kyl was elected to the House in 1959 during a special election and was defeated in 1964 during that year's Democratic landslide. He was elected again in 1966 and served until he was voted out of office in 1972. He was assistant secretary of the interior from 1973 to 1977, then worked as vice president of Occidental Petroleum Inc. until his retirement in 1985.

Yuan Shihai, 86, a star of classical Peking opera whose career spanned seven decades, died Dec. 11, the official Xinhua News Agency and newspapers said. Further details were not made available.

Nearly 1,000 mourners attended his memorial service Sunday at Babaoshan cemetery in Beijing, state media said. Opera fans at the service carrying pictures of Mr. Yuan in the elaborate robes, makeup and platform shoes of a Peking opera character.

Mr. Yuan was 8 when he started studying the distinctive, high-pitched Peking opera singing style, People's Daily said. It said he performed into his late 70s, and was credited with developing a singing technique that bears his name.

Grant Matevosian, 67, whose descriptions of contemporary village life earned him the title "Singer of the Village," died Thursday in Yerevan, Armenia, after a long illness.

Mr. Matevosian began his literary career in the mid-1960s, using his works to explore village life in his former Soviet republic. Among his most famous works were August, Trees and Us and Our Mountains.

His works were admired not only in Armenia but also by America's large Armenian diaspora.

Douglas David Daigle, 49, an aviation visionary who turned a boyhood fascination with helicopters into a career that produced a world record and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, died of pneumonia Dec. 16 in Orange, Calif.

Thirteen years ago, he set the record for the world's longest helicopter hover when he and three other pilots kept his restored Bell 47B aloft for 50 hours, 50 minutes over Anaheim Stadium, raising $250,000 for a free clinic in Orange.

As founder and president of charter operator Tridair Helicopters Inc., Mr. Daigle developed and licensed the TwinRanger, a twin-engine version of a Bell helicopter, in an effort to make a safer aircraft.

Named for the Douglas aircraft manufacturing company where his father worked, Mr. Daigle first became enthralled with helicopters as a toddler after watching Santa Claus alight from a chopper at a shopping center, said his sister Jessie Bynder.

He became a flight instructor at age 19. As a pilot, he ferried workers building the Alaskan oil pipeline, assisted with Navy weapons drills and helped filmmakers shoot Imax films.

Ralph T. Millet, 85, who helped bring the first Saab automobiles to the United States and later became president of the Swedish car maker's U.S. import business, died of lung disease and other ailments Friday in Middletown, Conn.

He began the Swedish automaker's U.S. export business in 1956 when the head of Saab urged Mr. Millet, who was a Saab purchasing agent, to compete with Volkswagen for sales in the United States.

The first shipment of cars to dealers arrived in late 1956 at Hingham, Mass. Fifteen dealers were signed up the first year, and sales reached 2,200 in 1958. Saab is now owned by General Motors Corp.

In the late 1960s, Mr. Millet became one of the first representatives of the auto industry to be appointed to the Highway Traffic Safety Advisory Council of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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