John G. Dow
New York Congressman
John Goodchild Dow, 97, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives who represented Rockland County, N.Y., from 1965 to 1969 and from 1971 to 1973, died March 11 at a hospital in Suffern, N.Y. No cause of death was reported.
Rep. Dow lost his 1968 bid for reelection and was defeated in 1972 by Benjamin Gilman, a Republican who held on to the seat for 30 years.
He was a New York native and a 1927 graduate of Harvard University. From 1976 to 1982, he was assistant director of the New York State comprehensive employment training act program and a founder of Americans Against Nuclear War.
Lynne Thigpen, 54, a co-star of the CBS drama "The District" and the former host of the children's educational program "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?", died March 12 at her home in Los Angeles. No cause of death was reported.
Ms. Thigpen played the role of Ella Farmer on the crime drama, a statistics clerk who aided the chief of police of Washington, D.C., in his work.
She won a 1997 Tony Award, for an actress in a featured role, for her work in the Wendy Wasserstein play "An American Daughter." She was nominated for a 1981 Tony for actress in a featured role for her performance in the musical "Tintypes."
Manny Harmon, 93, a big-band orchestra leader who played at Republican national conventions from 1956 through 1992, died March 5 at his home in Los Angeles. No cause of death was reported.
After providing the music for several Miss Universe contests, Mr. Harmon gained fame for providing the music at GOP conventions and at inaugural balls of both Democrat and Republican presidents.
At the 1976 GOP convention, Mr. Harmon helped end a shouting contest between Reagan and Ford delegates by playing "God Bless America." When asked about his political affiliations, Mr. Harmon often replied, "I belong to the Cocktail Party."
Fred Danback, 79, a former janitor who became an early pioneer in the fight against companies polluting the Hudson River, died of an aortic aneurysm March 10 at his home in Putnam Valley, N.Y.
In the 1960s, Mr. Danback was working as a janitor for the Anaconda Wire and Cable Co. at its Hastings-on-Hudson plant when he became concerned about the company's dumping of copper filings, waste oils and sulfuric acid into the river. and documented the dumping.
After leaving the company, he and the Hudson River Fishermen's Association sued the company under the 1899 Refuse Act, which prohibited dumping anything but storm drainage and water into a river. In 1971, Anaconda was charged with 100 federal counts of violating the act. Two years later, it paid a $200,000 fine, at that time the largest paid by a U.S. company for polluting.