Obituaries: NFL Hall of Famer Ollie Matson; 'Narnia' co-producer Perry Moore; film publicist Walter Seltzer
NFL Hall of Famer
Ollie Matson, a Hall of Fame running back who was once traded for nine players during his 14-year NFL career and won two medals at the 1952 Olympics, died Feb. 19 of respiratory failure at his home in Los Angeles. He was 80.
As a senior at the University of San Francisco, Mr. Matson led the nation in rushing yardage and touchdowns while leading the Dons to an undefeated season. He was the No. 1 pick of the Chicago Cardinals and third overall in the 1952 NFL draft, and went on to share rookie of the year honors with Hugh McElhenny of the 49ers.
Mr. Matson played with the Cardinals from 1952 to 1958 before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams for nine players. He made the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1957.
He spent 1959 to 1962 with the Rams, then played a single season for the Detroit Lions before finishing his career with Philadelphia from 1964 to 1966.
Mr. Matson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972, and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, winning MVP of the 1956 game. He also made the All-Pro team seven times.
Mr. Matson earned a silver medal in the 1,600-meter relay and a bronze in the 400 meters at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
Born in Trinity, Tex., Ollie Genoa Matson II moved to San Francisco when he was in high school. He spent a year at the City College of San Francisco before transferring to USF.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, whom he married in 1954. Survivors include four children; a twin sister; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
author, film producer
Perry Moore, a co-producer of "The Chronicles of Narnia" film series and the author of an award-winning novel about a gay teenager with superpowers, was found unconscious Feb. 17 in the bathroom of his Manhattan home and died later at a hospital, police said. He was 39.
The cause of death will be determined by the city's medical examiner; no foul play was suspected.
Mr. Moore had a varied career in television and in film as a producer, screenwriter and director. He was an executive producer on all three "Narnia" films and wrote a best-selling illustrated book for the first film, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."