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OBITUARIES

Henry Louis Bellmon, 88, who in 1963 became Oklahoma's first GOP governor since statehood and is known as the father of the state's modern Republican Party, died of Parkinson's disease on Tuesday. He also served as a U.S. senator and was a leading figure in Richard M. Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign.

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Douglas Watt, 95, whose well-informed theater reporting and stylish criticism for the New York Daily News were fixtures in an era when plays and musicals were the leading forms of entertainment, died of pneumonia Tuesday in Southampton, N.Y. He started at the paper in 1934 as a copy boy in the drama department, and he retired in 1993 as a critic at large.

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The Rev. F. Forrester Church, 61, a minister whose prolific writing and engaging sermons from the pulpit of All Souls Unitarian Church in Manhattan helped to define Unitarian Universalism and relate its beliefs to the larger culture, died of esophageal cancer Sept. 24 at his home in New York.

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Guillermo Endara, 73, who suffered electoral fraud, a cracked skull and hunger on his path to succeed the strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega as leader of Panama in 1989, then helped steer the country to democracy, died Monday in Panama City.

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Susan Atkins, 61, a member of the Charles Manson "family" who admitted ruthlessly stabbing pregnant actress Sharon Tate to death in the cult's 1969 murder spree, died of brain cancer Sept. 24 in a California prison less than a month after a parole board turned down a bid for compassionate release.

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Lucy Vodden, 46, the inspiration for the Beatles' classic song Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, died of lupus Sept. 22 in London. Four-year-old Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son, came home from school with a drawing of her one day and said it was "Lucy in the sky with diamonds." The song followed.

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Mahlon Hoagland, 87, who as the co-discoverer of the molecule called transfer RNA helped solve how DNA is translated into the proteins that carry out its genetic instructions, died Sept. 25 in Thetford, Vt.

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