Newspaper Publisher

Ralph N. Dorsey, 95, a former Virginia newspaper publisher and orchardist, died Oct. 5 at a retirement center in Winchester, Va. The cause of death was not reported.

He became manager of the Clarke Courier in 1923, later becoming its owner and publisher. After selling it in 1934, he bought The Spirit of Jefferson and The Farmer's Advocate in Charles Town, W.Va., which he merged into The Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate. He also founded and published The Eastern Fruit Grower, which was sold and merged into The American Fruit Grower.

He formed a partnership in 1929 with E. Blackburn Moore to produce and sell apples, which was later incorporated as Moore and Dorsey. Mr. Dorsey was a founding member of the Clarke County Chamber of Commerce and the Clarke County Historical Association.


TV Director

Rudy Vejar, 57, a soap opera director who won four consecutive Emmys beginning in 1985 for the CBS series "The Young and the Restless," died of respiratory failure Oct. 3 at a hospital in Burbank, Calif.

He recently was co-executive producer of the NBC daytime serial "Generations." The former singer and dancer had assumed special directorial assignments for "The Young and the Restless" before his death. He also had overseen episodes of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s now-canceled "Tribes," and NBC's daytime soap "Days of Our Lives."