Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Wayne McIntireAdvanced Deaf Education

Wayne McIntire, 95, an educator who became a pioneer in deaf education after a daughter was born deaf, died Feb. 18 at a nursing facility in Greer, S.C. No cause of death was reported.

In the 1960s at what is now California State University at Northridge, he developed the National Leadership Training Program with the goal of supplying the nation with professionals -- hearing and deaf -- who are skilled in working with deaf students and offering hearing-impaired students an opportunity to pursue post-graduate work.

Today, the campus has nearly 1,000 sign-language users -- students, faculty, staff and employees -- who are deaf, are hard of hearing or can hear. The program has grown to serve 200 deaf students a year. There are 2,000 alumni, 600 of whom finished the leadership training program.

Mr. McIntire was born in Price, Utah, and spent two years performing missionary work near the border of Switzerland and Germany in the 1930s. After completing his service, he attended Brigham Young University and received a doctorate in educational administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

David Creed RogersOfficer Blinded by Sniper

David Creed Rogers, 84, one of two black men shot by a sniper after being hired as deputies in south Louisiana's Washington Parish four decades ago, died Feb. 26 in a Franklinton, La., nursing home, days after the FBI said it was chasing new leads in the 1965 shooting that left him blind in one eye and killed his partner. The cause of death was not released.

In 1964, Mr. Rogers and his partner, O'Neal Moore, were the first black deputies hired by the sheriff's department and the first black law enforcement officers in the parish, north of New Orleans. Both were shot in Varnado on the night of June 2, 1965, a year after they were hired. At the time, the Ku Klux Klan was said to be operating in the parish, and racial tensions were high.

Mr. Rogers said later in an interview that the two deputies noticed they were being trailed by a pickup truck with a Confederate flag emblem on its front bumper. When they crossed railroad tracks on the way to Moore's home, the pickup pulled closer to the patrol car, and a gunman in the truck bed opened fire.

Moore was killed instantly; Mr. Rogers lost an eye. Just hours after the shooting, two suspects were arrested in Tylertown, Miss., but no charges were filed by the prosecuting attorney because of a lack of evidence. Mr. Rogers remained with the sheriff's department until 1988, retiring as a captain.

Mark SpoelstraFolk Singer

Mark Spoelstra, 66, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who was an important figure in the folk music renaissance of the 1960s, died Feb. 25 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Pioneer, Calif.

Mr. Spoelstra, a native of Kansas City, Mo., first picked up a guitar at 11. He moved to New York as a young man and performed with Bob Dylan, who would later reminisce about their friendship in his 2004 memoir "Chronicles, Vol. 1." Dylan also included Mr. Spoelstra in his 2005 documentary "No Direction Home."

Mr. Spoelstra began his recording career in New York. He landed his first contract with Moses Asch and Folkways Records before being signed by Elektra Records, Columbia Records and Fantasy Records. His debut album, "Five and Twenty Questions," was released in 1964 and featured 12 original songs played on six- and 12-string guitars. His next album, "State of Mind," reflected his antiwar views.

Mr. Spoelstra left his traveling music days in the 1970s to raise a family and work odd jobs. He stayed in touch with the music business, recording a CD in 2002 called "Out of My Hands." His earlier work has also been reissued on CD, and his songs have been included in a Smithsonian Folkways reissue of classic folk music.

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