ALAN J. GOULD, 95, a top sportswriter during the Roaring '20s and a key executive of the Associated Press for 40 years, died Monday in Vero Beach of heart failure. As AP sports editor in the 1920s and 1930s, the former Sand Key retiree covered the great stories of a golden age in sports and established the AP All-America College Football Team and the AP College Football Poll. Later, as chief editor of the news organization, he expanded interpretive and in-depth reporting and campaigned vigorously for clear writing on a news wire that serves thousands of newspapers and broadcasters around the world. Under his leadership, the AP won 14 Pulitzer Prizes in reporting and photography.
ELISA GODINEZ RODRIGUEZ, 88, the first lady of Cuba for four years, died Saturday in Miami after a stroke. She was married to former Cuban President Fulgencio Batista from 1933 until 1945 when they divorced.
JOHN RYBOVICH JR., 80, known for designing the Rolls Royce of fishing boats, died Saturday in West Palm Beach. Mr. Rybovich was credited with many of the innovations found on most modern fishing vessels. He created boats with sleek profiles, a transom door that opens to accommodate big fish and a pedestal fighting chair.
IRA H. HARDIN, 90, founder of a construction company that built much of Atlanta's skyline, died Friday in Atlanta. Hardin Construction Group has projects largely in the Southeast.