Obituaries in the News

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 8, 2005; 7:46 PM

-- Alekos Alexandrakis

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Alekos Alexandrakis, one of Greece's most popular stage and film actors, died Tuesday, hospital officials said. He was 76.

Alexandrakis died of cancer in Athens' Sotiria hospital, where he was admitted in October.

Born in Athens in 1928, Alexandrakis studied at the Drama School of the National Theater. In a career spanning half-a-century, he starred in more than 60 films, including Michael Cacoyannis' "Stella" (1955) alongside Melina Mercouri.


Jean Carson

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Jean Carson, a West Virginia native who appeared in dozens of television shows and movies and on Broadway, has died. She was 82.

Carson died Nov. 2 in a convalescent home in Palm Desert, Calif. She moved there after suffering a stroke, the Desert Sun reported.

Carson was perhaps best known for playing "Fun Girl" Daphne on "The Andy Griffith Show." She only appeared in three episodes but Daphne and her line "hello, doll," which she said as she flirted with Sheriff Andy Taylor, have become a part of Mayberry mythology.

Carson also appeared in "The Red Buttons Show," "Ellery Queen," "The G.E. Theater," "Wagon Train," and "The Untouchables." She appeared in a "Twilight Zone" episode, "A Most Unusual Camera," that Rod Serling had written with her in mind, according to her Web site.

Carson began her acting career on Broadway in 1948, appearing in George S. Kaufman's "Bravo." In 1949, she appeared in "Bird Cage" and was nominated for a Tony for Most Promising Newcomer.

Her film credits include "I Married a Monster from Outer Space," "Gunn" and "Fun with Dick and Jane."


Gordon A. Craig

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) _ Gordon A. Craig, one of the nation's most respected experts on modern German history, has died of heart failure. He was 91.

Craig, a Stanford University professor and the prolific author of dozens of books, including the well-known "Germany" and "The Germans," died Oct. 30 at a Portola Valley nursing home, university officials said.

Craig was "the most distinguished historian of modern Germany in this country and possibly one of the greatest in the world," colleague Peter Stansky, a retired Stanford history professor, said in a statement.

The professor was a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a source of information on Germany for politicians and the news media.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Craig was educated at Princeton University. He taught briefly at Yale and spent 20 years at Princeton before joining Stanford in 1961.


C.P. Ellis

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ C.P. Ellis, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan whose conversion into a civil rights activist was documented in a book, has died. He was 78.

Ellis, who died Thursday at Durham Regional Hospital, was buried Saturday.

Ellis was a labor union official and at one time was Exalted Grand Cyclops of a Ku Klux Klan group in Durham.

In 1971, he participated in a forum on school desegregation in Durham that also attracted Ann Atwater, a black civil rights activist. During 10 days of talks the pair became the unlikeliest of friends and Ellis came to believe that whites, especially poor whites, could prosper more from the civil rights movement than segregation.

Atwater and Ellis occasionally spoke together at public appearances through the years. Their friendship was the subject of the 1996 book "Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South" by Osha Gray Davidson.

More recently, it was featured in a documentary film "An Unlikely Friendship" produced and directed by Diane Bloom of Chapel Hill.

They also were interviewed twice by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Studs Terkel for his books, including in 1991 for "Race: How Blacks & Whites Think & Feel About the American Obsession."


Carl S. Whillock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Carl S. Whillock, a special assistant to President Clinton, a former legislator and electric cooperative chief, died Monday. He was 79.

Whillock passed away after returning from a weekend trip, his wife Margaret Whillock said.

He served in the Arkansas House in the 1950s, was president of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and headed the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. before going to work for Clinton in 1997.

At age 70, Whillock became Clinton's special assistant for agriculture and trade.

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