Obituary http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Alan J. Dixon: Former U.S. Senator From Illinois Spent A Lifetime In Public Service http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alan-j-dixon-former-us-senator-illinois-spent-lifetime-public-service <p><strong>Updated with tentative funeral arrangements.</strong></p><p>Alan J. Dixon, a two-term Democratic senator from Illinois and long-time figure in Illinois politics, died today. According to a report in the Belleville News-Democrat, Mr. Dixon had had heart problems for the past two years and had recently been in Barnes-Jewish hospital. "He came home on Thursday and he was in good spirits," Jeff Dixon, the senator’s son, told the News-Democrat. "We had dinner with cold Budweiser followed by a glass of red wine."</p><p></p><p>Mr. Dixon was 86. He would have turned 87 on Monday.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:56:17 +0000 Jim Howard 37812 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Alan J. Dixon: Former U.S. Senator From Illinois Spent A Lifetime In Public Service Cindy Gilberg: Horticulturalist Helped Change The Way St. Louisans Plant Gardens http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cindy-gilberg-horticulturalist-helped-change-way-st-louisans-plant-gardens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cindy </span>Gilberg’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> natural habitat was a garden. Preferably, one filled with native perennials.</span></p><p>Growing up in St. Louis, she spent much of her time exploring Shaw Nature Reserve. The love of the place, she wrote, brought her back as an adult and horticulturist “to work and share with others the possibilities of native landscaping and the joy of natural areas.”</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:37:34 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 37711 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cindy Gilberg: Horticulturalist Helped Change The Way St. Louisans Plant Gardens Morton R. Bearman: Leader Of Political Campaigns And Lawyer For The Environment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morton-r-bearman-leader-political-campaigns-and-lawyer-environment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Morton R. </span>Bearman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who helped elect two generations of </span>Symingtons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to Congress and who became one of the St. Louis area’s first environmental attorneys, died Friday. He was 92.</span></p><p>Mr. Bearman was a staunch Democrat who was active in politics throughout his life. He served as campaign chair for both the late Stuart Symington, the former four-term U.S. senator from Missouri, and Symington’s son, James, who was elected four times to the U.S. House of Representatives.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 01:51:03 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 37418 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morton R. Bearman: Leader Of Political Campaigns And Lawyer For The Environment Eric James Nuetzel, M.D.: Psychiatrist With An Actor’s Heart http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/eric-james-nuetzel-md-psychiatrist-actor-s-heart <p>Eric Nuetzel, M.D., didn’t merely enjoy good stage and screen performances, he dissected them. He plumbed the depths of such Shakespearean classics as <em>Othello</em> and <em>Macbeth</em>, as well as timeless movies like <em>It’s A Wonderful Life</em> and <em>Raging Bull</em>, to find their meaning and relevance to the human condition.</p><p>Dr. Nuetzel, who eagerly shared his astute analyses with audiences and students, taught simultaneously in the Department of Psychiatry and the Performing Arts Department at Washington University.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:28:56 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 36119 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Eric James Nuetzel, M.D.: Psychiatrist With An Actor’s Heart Joseph P. Teasdale: 'Walkin’ Joe' Teasdale, Missouri’s 48th Governor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/joseph-p-teasdale-walkin-joe-teasdale-missouri-s-48th-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Joseph </span>Teasdale<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ran for governor in the </span>mid-70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he walked a thousand miles en route to winning the tightest gubernatorial race in the nation, handing a popular incumbent governor a stunning defeat. His margin of victory over Missouri Republican </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond, by whom he had been defeated in the previous election, was a mere 12,000 votes out of more than 1.9 million cast. Fri, 09 May 2014 04:12:43 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 35980 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Joseph P. Teasdale: 'Walkin’ Joe' Teasdale, Missouri’s 48th Governor Ralph W. Kalish, Jr.: Attorney, actor, playwright, restaurateur http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ralph-w-kalish-jr-attorney-actor-playwright-restaurateur <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By day, Ralph </span>Kalish<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was a well-respected, successful patent attorney. By night, he was, well, he was anything — anyone — he wanted to be: restaurateur, playwright, actor.</span></p><p></p><p>In 2011, he became Branch Rickey, the former, longtime St. Louis Cardinals Baseball manager who changed the game forever by bringing Jackie Robinson into the formerly all-white major leagues.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:55:31 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 35923 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ralph W. Kalish, Jr.: Attorney, actor, playwright, restaurateur Ralph V. Streiff: Led Nooter Corporation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ralph-v-streiff-led-nooter-corporation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ralph V. </span>Streiff<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who was onboard at homegrown </span>Nooter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Corp. as the former boiler works company moved into building custom apparatus that helped stamp out polio and put men on the moon, died Sunday. He was 86.</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 18:42:36 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 35889 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ralph V. Streiff: Led Nooter Corporation Murray L. Weidenbaum: Washington University Economist, Chief Architect Of 'Reaganomics' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/murray-l-weidenbaum-washington-university-economist-chief-architect-reaganomics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Murray </span>Weidenbaum<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an influential scholar widely known as the key architect of President Ronald Reagan’s economic theory dubbed </span>“Reaganomics<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” has died.</span></p><p>In 1980, Reagan campaigned on a fix for an economy plagued by rising inflation, unemployment and a growing deficit. He appointed Mr. Weidenbaum as his economic adviser.</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:38:54 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 34658 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Murray L. Weidenbaum: Washington University Economist, Chief Architect Of 'Reaganomics' Rodney M. Coe: Saint Louis University Sociologist Promoted Community Service For Physicians http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rodney-m-coe-saint-louis-university-sociologist-promoted-community-service-physicians <p>Rodney Coe, a sociologist who led Saint Louis University’s Department of Family and Community Medicine for a decade, wanted medical students to be more than healers with a great bedside manner. He wanted them to know and understand the communities they would be serving. A medical school program that bears his name made his hope a reality.</p><p>“He was very proud of that,” said his wife, Elaine Coe.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:52:06 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 34557 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rodney M. Coe: Saint Louis University Sociologist Promoted Community Service For Physicians Howard DeMere: An ‘Unwitting’ Television Pioneer Signs Off http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/howard-demere-unwitting-television-pioneer-signs <p>The first weathercaster for KSD Channel 5, the first television station in St. Louis, quickly abandoned the job in favor of sales. Howard DeMere replaced him. It was 1949, and Mr. DeMere stayed on for most of the next 30 years, becoming one of the most familiar and celebrated personalities in St. Louis television history.</p><p>Mr. DeMere marveled at television, a medium that did not exist when he was born.</p><p>“(TV) turned civilization upside down,” Mr. DeMere wrote in a recent blog post, “a new art form, new language, different commerce and a much laxer moral code.”</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:31:03 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 34419 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Howard DeMere: An ‘Unwitting’ Television Pioneer Signs Off