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LESLEY BROWN

Mother of first test-tube baby brought hope to millions Lesley Brown, the mother of the world’s first “test-tube baby,” died June 6 in Bristol, England. She was 64. Her death, at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, was caused by complications of a gallbladder infection, said Michael Macnamee, executive director of the

Bourn Hall Clinic in Cambridge, where the in vitro fertilization technique that produced her daughter Louise was developed by Robert Edwards and Dr. Patrick Steptoe. Louise Brown’s birth on July 25,1978, was an instant global sensation and a turning

point in the treatment of infertility, offering hope to millions of couples who had been unable to have children. Since then, more than 4 million babies worldwide have been born through in vitro fertilization, in which sperm and eggs are mixed outside the body, and

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Payne, John Dale

Smith, Dr. Sydnie G.

VanMeter, Michael Kent

John Dale Payne of Carrollton, Texas was born Oct. 3, 1931 in Anderson, S.C. and passed away June 19, 2012 at home, after a few months’ bout with cancer. Dale is survived by his devoted wife Minnie Payne, daughter Beth Billings, sonin-law Steve Billings of Conroe, Texas, son "Chris" Payne, daughterin-law Cindy Payne of Concord, N.C., two grandchildren, Madeline Billings and Payne Billings and one step-granddaughter Hannah Coleman. He is predeceased by his mother Jennie Mae Payne, father John Mitchell Payne, sisters Robbie Mullinax, Camilla Burroughs, Erlene Davenport, Clara Kelly, brothers Rhody Payne, Harry Payne, Joe Payne. Dale graduated from Williamston High School, Williamston, S.C. in 1949 and immediately enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, serving four years, then immediately enrolled in the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He worked as a bank examiner for the South Carolina State Board of Bank Control in the beginning of his career life, then served as vice president for two South Carolina banks until he joined FDIC, serving over 30 years as a bank examiner, retiring in 1992. Dale was cremated and is to be buried in Daleville Cemetery, Daleville, Va. with a graveside ceremony. The family will receive guests in their home, and memorials may be made to Holy Covenant United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1901 E. Peters Colony, Carrollton, TX 75007 or your favorite charity.

An Old Country Doctor Dr. Sydnie G. Smith, 91 years young, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and respected surgeon, preceded in death by his parents Dave Smith and Jenny (Shayna) Kasofsky Smith, and four brothers Phil, Henry, Leon and Mashie, passed away peacefully at his home on June 21, 2012, surrounded by his loved ones. Born August 3, 1920, he was a strong, warm, humble and giving man, whose life reflected the Jewish expression, "L’Chaim." A Crozier Tech High School graduate at 16, SMU Pre-Med graduate and Baylor Medical School General Practitioner at 21, he served in World War II’s China/India/Burma theatre, entering the Army Air Corp as a 1st Lieutenant and leaving as a Major. His reconstructive and plastic surgery specialty from 1956 forward unfolded into a distinguished career and reputation. President of his medical fraternity, "on-call" professionally and personally, he practiced at Baylor, Presbyterian, and Garland Memorial Hospitals, and retired in 1995. Survived by his loving wife Ann, his four daughters, Sonja Bingham (Jim), Jacqueline Glauberman (Allan), Helen Kitti Smith, and Susan Levi (Nisso); and extended family children Dr. Phillip and Claudia Aronoff, Lyn and Michael Barrett, David and Cris Aronoff, sister-in-law Margaret Smith, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was grateful to Dr. Lyle Kaliser, Dr. John Tan, Dr. Steven Rinner and Dr. Phillip Aronoff for the care he received, and to Freedom Hospice. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Sunday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Hwy. Chapel, Rabbi Andrew Paley, officiating. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219, or the charity of your choice. Please visit www.sparkman-hillcrest.com.

Michael Kent VanMeter, age 42, of McKinney, Texas, passed away June 22, 2012, in McKinney. Mike was born September 29, 1969, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to Richard Kent and Carol Alice (Wilson) VanMeter. He graduated from McKinney High School in 1988. Mike was a member of First United Methodist Church in McKinney. He is survived by his parents, Kent and Carol VanMeter of McKinney, Texas; brother, Chris VanMeter and wife, Marcela of Forney, Texas; and two nephews, Nicolas and Liam VanMeter. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas with Dr. Tommy Brumett officiating. A reception will follow after the service. Interment will be held at 12:00 Noon at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney. A register book will be available at the funeral home Monday for those who cannot attend. To convey condolences or to sign the online registry, please visit www. tjmfuneral.com.

Strickland, Warren Franklin

Age 90 of Dallas, born 12-25-1921. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 siblings. He is survived by his wife, Ruth of 69 years; 3 children, Keith, Kathy, Sally and their spouses and 4 grandchildren. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University ’44 and retired from Transamerica Ins. Co. Vis. will be 3-5:00 PM Sun. 6-24, at Laurel Land Funeral Home. Interment will take place at DFW Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Dallas Building Fund or charity of choice.

Vaughn, Doris Katherine Klein Born June 8, 1913 to Maud Grainger and Gustav C. Klein in Brooklyn, NY. Died April 10, 2012 in Portland, OR. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from St. Lawrence University in New York in 1935. Lived in Texas over 60 years, working as a Lab & X-ray tech, Latin & History teacher, & Realtor. An enthusiastic supporter of the Democratic Party, the Unitarian church, & lifelong learning, Doris was an independent & adaptable woman who loved to travel (49 states & 8 foreign countries). Predeceased by her husband, Fulton H. Vaughn, her son Robert N. Vaughn, 2 stepsons Phil & Holland Vaughn, one grandson, & brothers Norman & Don Klein. Survived by daughter Lindsay (Marc) Parks, 7 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, one niece, & 4 nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2pm, Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, Tx. Memorial contributions to Willamette View Foundation, 13021 SE River Rd, Portland, OR 97222 or UU Church of Oak Cliff.

Teplow, Jr. Maurice William (Bill) August 22, 1946 - June 12, 2012 After an 8-year battle against cancer, Bill was surrounded by his loving family, as he passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior. He was born and raised in Dallas and graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1965. In 1966 he joined the United States Army and was Honorably Discharged in 1972. He served in the 47th Engineer Battalion, First Cavalry Airborne Division, in Viet Nam, He received the National Defense Service Metal, Viet Nam Service Metal, and Viet Nam Campaign Metal. Bill was preceded in death by his father Maurice William Teplow I and mother Madeline Brown Teplow and precious (Ankie) Leona Fredrick. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years Sally, son Matthew William, daughters Amy Michelle and Mindy Rice, Katie Moran and husband John, grandson Jackson William Moran, precious sisters Nancy Starnes, Betty Willingham, husband Bill and nephews David Willingham, wife Regina, great nephew Henry, nephew Rob Starnes, Monica Stewart and great nephew Jackson Stewart Starnes. Bill was employed by Overwraps Packaging, Inc and was greatly admired by his family, friends, coworkers and customers for his faith, perseverance, integrity and sense of humor. He loved unconditionally and will be greatly missed. Our special thank you to Mr. William Seanor and Dr. Jeffrey Cattorini for their love and support. Bill will receive Military Honors at Restland Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Ave. at 10 AM Saturday, June 30, by graveside. A Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 PM Saturday, June 30, 2012 in St. John The Apostle United Methodist Church, 5450 Mansfield Road, Arlington, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to One-ByOne, Nicaragua c/o Julie & Chase Russell 806 SE Main St. Simpsonville SC 29681,American Cancer Society or charity of choice.

the resulting embryos are transferred into the womb. In some developed countries, those methods now lead to about 3 percent of all live births, Mr. Macnamee said. In 2010, about 59,000 births in the U.S. resulted from in vitro procedures, according to the

Wilson, Abram

Winters, Mary Elizabeth (Beth)

Beth 72, of Dallas, Tx. Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother went to be with the Lord and Saviour on April 28,2012. Beth was born on June 20, 1939 in Ashland, KY to Fred and Margaret (Thompson) Walters. She is survived by Jerry Winters, her twin brother Bill Walters and sister Rebecca Bedford. Her children Lesa Zabojnik and husband Jerome, John Winters, Scott Winters, Bill Winters and wife Gwyneva. Her beloved six grandchildren, Trey Zabojnik, Aaron Zabojnik and wife Karen, Brooks Zabojnik and wife Ashley, Jake Zabojnik, Megan and Brittany Winters and her newly born precious great grandchild Ryland Zabojnik. We will always remember Beth for her love of her family, her fun loving spirit and her love for all animals. She will always and forever remain in our hearts. A celebration of life service will be held at Believers Chapel 6420 Churchill Way, Dallas, 75230 972-239-5371. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to operationkindness.org or Susan G. Komen.

Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. In vitro fertilization is an established treatment now, but it had a long, slow and rocky start. The research by Mr. Edwards, a biologist, and Dr. Steptoe, a gynecologist, had gone on for 10 years, and the treatment had failed in about 60 couples by the mid-1970s. It had produced only one pregnancy, and that one was ectopic — growing in a fallopian tube instead of the uterus — and had to be aborted. Then Lesley Brown and her husband, John, came along. She was a homemaker, he a railroad employee. They had been trying for nine years to conceive a child. In vitro fertilization was “an incredible leap into the unknown,” Mr. Macnamee said. Even if a pregnancy did result, would the baby be healthy? Critics had predicted that the treatment could lead to terrible abnormalities. But Ms. Brown was determined. “Every breakthrough in medical science requires somebody to put themselves forward with the passion and commitment she had,” Mr. Macnamee said. Ms. Brown became pregnant on the first try. Once the news got out, public fascination with her case was unrelenting. She was a quiet woman, Mr. Macnamee said, and

the attention stunned her. After Louise’s birth, the Browns went home from the hospital to find reporters camped out on their street. For months, Lesley Brown could not leave the house without being chased, so the family moved to another house with a backyard, allowing her to take Louise outside in peace. Four years later, they had another daughter, Natalie, also conceived by in vitro fertilization, also on the first try. John Brown died in 2007 at 64. Lesley Brown is survived by her two daughters and three grandchildren. It took time for in vitro fertilization to gain acceptance. Fears that it could harm mothers and children lingered, and there are still some religious objections. But overall the techniques have proved safe, and success rates have climbed to rival those of natural conception. In 2010, at 85, Mr. Edwards received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. But he had declined mentally and was not “in a position to understand the honor,” Mr. Macnamee said when the prize was announced. Denise Grady, The New York Times

In Memoriam Dana Sweeney Mullins 7-23-1966 6-23-2011

Abram Wilson, beloved son, brother, friend, and husband passed from this earth on Saturday June 9th 2012. Abram was a prominent trumpeter and composer in Britain’s contemporary jazz scene; he had a particular interest in introducing children and young people to jazz and devoted much of his time to educational projects and musical workshops. Abram was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on August 30 1973. He studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in music education at Ohio Weslyan University and a master’s degree in performance and composition from the Eastman School of Music. Afterwards, in New York, he led his own quintet and was a regular member of the Roy Hargrove Big Band. He made his recording debut in 1999, with Ruth Brown, the rhythm and blues singer. He travelled to London in 2002, and soon after his arrival he was playing with the big band led by the pianist Julian Joseph. He released his debut album, Jazz Warrior, to great critical acclain in October 2004. The Cheltenham Jazz Festival commissioned Wilson to produce an ambitious work, Ride! Ferris Wheel to the Modern Day Delta, in 2006. This was followed by Life Paintings in 2009. He also took part in a gospel music project, “Roll, Jordan, Roll!”, with the singer Nicky Brown. Before his death he had been busy on a new work based on the life of the American concert pianist Philippa Schuyler. He had recently led his band on a tour whose itinerary took him from Co Durham to Devon, and given numerous additional shows for school pupils. Abram will be laid to rest in Utica, Mississippi with his grandmother at a private ceremony. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held later in New Orleans and in London, England. He is survived by his wife, Jennie (née Cashman), his siblings Zane, Saul, Saleem, Hannah, and Willie, his grandmother Oradell Barker, and his parents Doris Marie and Willie Cal Wilson, Jr.

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Victor Spinetti (left) chatted with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1968. Spinetti appeared in three Beatles films.

Kane, Gloria

VICTOR SPINETTI

Actor rubbed elbows with Beatles in 3 films Gloria Kane died June 4th, 2012 in Greenport, Long Island. Born Gloria Lee Ackerman in Dallas, Texas June 18, 1928 to Byron and Doris Ackerman, Gloria attended school in Maryland, New York city and Dallas. She started her advertising career in New York. Returning to Texas she joined the Taylor Norsworthy advertising agency, later known as Norsworthy. Mercer where she became a member of the board, vice president and creative director. Her generosity and ready recognition of talent helped many writers and artists at the start of their advertising careers. In 1968 she partnered with Barrie Neller to form Neller and Kane, Inc. an agency recognized for its creative reputation in the book "Creative People At Work". Gloria is survived by daughter Sarah and step-children Bryan, George and Kathy, and grand children, nieces and nephews. This original and courageous mind is now helping God market Heaven on Earth. Maureen F. Zisman June 20, 1935 - October 14, 2007 Always in my heart. Happy Birthday my love. - Barry

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LONDON — Victor Spinetti, a comic actor who appeared in three Beatles movies and won a Tony on Broadway, has died, his agent said. He was 82. Mr. Spinetti died Tuesday morning after suffering from cancer for several years, said Barry Burnett, the actor’s close friend and agent. Mr. Spinetti won a Tony award in 1965 for his Broadway performance in Oh, What a Lovely War, but became most well-known for his appearances in the Beatles movies A Hard Day’s Night, Help and Magical Mystery Tour. At a London Beatles Day event in 2010, Mr. Spinetti said he was included in the cast of A Hard Day’s Night at George Harrison’s insistence. “He said, ‘You gotta be in all our films, otherwise me mum wouldn’t come and see ’em, because she fancies you,’ ” Mr. Spinetti said. “That was why I was in.” Another time, he told how his association with the Beatles disrupted the opening night of Oh, What a Lovely War. “I came out on stage and a group of girls at the back screamed, ‘Victor Spinetti, aaaah!’ ” he said in an interview with absoluteelsewhere .net. “They were shouting things like, ‘He’s touched George!’ ” He said he calmed the screamers by promising to an-

swer questions about the Beatles after the show. Mr. Spinetti also co-wrote The John Lennon Play: In His Own Write with Adrienne Kenney. Based on the writings of John Lennon, it opened in June 1968 in London. Vittorio Georgio Andrea Spinetti was born to an Italian father and Welsh mother in the mining village of Cwm in south Wales. Regarded as an illegal immigrant during World War II, he was beaten by two neighbors and lost hearing in one ear. Mr. Spinetti studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff before moving to London to develop his acting career. His more than 30 film roles included the part of Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew and Mog Edwards in Under Milk Wood, both films starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He also played the concierge in The Return of the Pink Panther. Barbara Windsor, a star of the Carry On films, said Tuesday that she had visited Mr. Spinetti at his hospice recently. “He looked great. He was swearing a lot, like that would get rid of the illness, and we just laughed,” she said. Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.

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