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David Wolper, award-winning producer, dies

David L. Wolper, 82, an award-winning movie and television producer best known for the groundbreaking miniseries Roots, died of congestive heart failure and complications of Parkinson's disease on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He produced several other major miniseries, including The Thorn Birds and North and South. He also produced extravaganzas including the 1986 celebration in New York of the Statue of Liberty centennial and the 1984 Olympic Games ceremonies in Los Angeles.

David C. Dolby, 64, recipient of the Medal of Honor in 1967 for saving his Army platoon in Vietnam, died in his sleep Aug. 6 in Spirit Lake, Idaho, while attending a gathering of veterans. He lived in Royersford, Pa. The medal, handed to him by President Lyndon B. Johnson at a White House ceremony, is the nation's highest military award for valor. He was credited with saving the lives of fellow soldiers on May 21, 1966, after they walked into an ambush. He served five tours in Vietnam. His other decorations included the Silver Star, three awards of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Gerson Goldhaber, 86, a University of California at Berkeley physicist who played a key role in identifying some of the fundamental particles of nature, then switched careers and helped show that the universe is expanding rather than contracting, died of natural causes July 19.

Leon Breeden, 88, legendary director of the University of North Texas' jazz program who made its "One O'Clock Lab Band" internationally famous, died of complications from an abdominal infection on Wednesday in Dallas. The One O'Clock Lab Band, which was named for its rehearsal time, became the first college band to perform at the White House by presidential invitation in 1967, became the first college band to receive a Grammy nomination, and made international tours.

Fritz Teufel, 67, a red-bearded prankster whose rabble-rousing stunts made him one of the most famous members of Germany's leftist student movement in the 1960s, died of Parkinson's disease on July 6 in Berlin. Among his targets were police tactics he regarded as heavy-handed; older generations of Germans, who he thought had refused to confront the roles they had played during Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime; and capitalists.

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