Obituaries in the News

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Wednesday, February 7, 2007; 9:05 PM

-- Phyllis Ames Cox

SOUTH BROOKSVILE, Maine (AP) _ Phyllis Ames Cox, widow of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor fired by President Nixon for refusing to curtail his Watergate investigation, has died. She was 93.

Cox died Tuesday at her home after a long illness, said Jim Doyle, a family friend and former press aide to her husband.

According to Ken Gormley, author of "Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation," Phyllis Ames met her future husband after a Harvard football game in 1935. They married in 1937, three days after his final exam from Harvard Law School.

In May 1973, Cox was asked to head the special prosecution force investigating charges Republican party operatives had broken into the Democratic campaign headquarters at the Watergate Hotel before the 1972 presidential election.

Nixon ordered Cox fired in October 1973 for his continued efforts to obtain tape recordings made at the White House, important evidence in the investigation of the break-in and cover-up.

Archibald Cox died in 2004 at age 92.

Phyllis Cox helped establish the first 4-H club for horses in America.


Charles Grimes

NEW YORK (AP) _ Charles Grimes, a member of the Yale varsity crew that won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics and the husband of U.S. Tennis Association chairman Jane Brown Grimes, has died. He was 71.

Charles Grimes had pancreatic cancer and died Monday, the USTA said Wednesday.

His crew at the Melbourne Games was the last college team to win an Olympic rowing championship and was featured in Bud Greenspan's "100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History."

After a brief law career, Grimes worked as an independent financial adviser and investor.


Erika Ortiz

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Erika Ortiz, the youngest sister of Spain's Princess Letizia, died in Madrid, the Royal Palace said Wednesday. She was 31.

The cause of her death was not immediately revealed. Letizia's family issued a statement asking for "prudence and respect" in relation to the death.

Letizia married Crown Prince Felipe, heir to the Spanish throne, in 2004.

A graduate in fine arts, Ortiz was the youngest of three daughters of journalist Jesus Ortiz and Paloma Rocasolano, a nurse. Princess Letizia is the eldest.

Ortiz worked at the Spanish production company Globomedia. She was married to Spanish sculptor Antonio Vigo and had a 6-year-old daughter, Carla.

The leading daily El Pais quoted Globomedia as saying Ortiz had asked for two days leave this week and was due to return to work Wednesday. The paper said she had suffered from stress in the past.

Ortiz had been living in the same apartment in the Madrid working class district of Vicalvaro that Letizia resided in before getting married.

A judge inspected the scene at the apartment where the body was found shortly after midday. The body was later taken to Madrid's Forensic Institute for an autopsy.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told journalists he had conveyed his condolences to Prince Felipe and called for "maximum respect" for the family.

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