HERBERT G. KLEIN, 91
Nixon communication director
Herbert G. Klein, President Richard M. Nixon's White House director of communications and a former editor for Copley Newspapers, died Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
Mr. Klein became a special correspondent for Copley after serving with the Navy in World War II. He covered Mr. Nixon's 1946 congressional campaign for Copley, starting an association that would eventually lead him to the White House.
Mr. Klein accompanied then-Vice President Nixon to Moscow in 1959 for historic meetings with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The next year, he represented Mr. Nixon in setting the terms for his debate with John F. Kennedy - the first televised debates between presidential candidates.
Mr. Klein resigned as Mr. Nixon's communications director in 1973, one year before the Watergate scandal forced the president to step down.
He later joined Metromedia Inc., a national broadcasting group. In 1980, he went back to Copley Newspapers as editor in chief. He helped guide the chain's editorial positions while maintaining contacts in politics and sports. He served a combined 52 years with Copley.
Mr. Klein was Mr. Nixon's press secretary in three campaigns: the unsuccessful 1960 run for the White House; the 1962 race for California's governorship; and his second presidential bid in 1968.
HARVE PRESNELL, 75
Harve (HARHV) Presnell (prehs-NEHL'), whose booming baritone graced such Broadway musicals as The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Annie, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer in Santa Monica, Calif.
An operatic singer, Mr. Presnell had the role of Johnny "Leadville" Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown written for him by composer Meredith Willson in 1960. He earned kudos for his stage performance and later for his screen re-creation with Debbie Reynolds in 1964.
Mr. Presnell was cast alongside Liberace and the British rock group Herman's Hermits in 1965's When the Boys Meet the Girls, and with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood in Paint Your Wagon in 1969.
Returning to the stage, Mr. Presnell landed the role of Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway musical Annie in 1979, and he later toured in the role.
After an absence of more than 25 years, Presnell became a character player on the big screen after appearing in Fargo in 1996, Patch Adams and Saving Private Ryan in 1998, and 2000's The Legend of Bagger Vance and Family Man.
- Associated Press