Dick 'Fox' Redding

College Coach

Dick "Fox" Redding, 86, who coached five college sports and was an assistant football coach at Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, died Aug. 27 of bladder cancer in Lexington, Ky.

Mr. Redding coached at Virginia Tech from 1953 to 1971. He was head coach of the swimming, track and freshman football teams and was offensive line and kicking coach of the varsity football team. He will be inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame next month.

He coached the offensive line and kicking units at Maryland under head coach Jerry Claiborne from 1972 to 1981, when the Terrapins won three Atlantic Coast Conference championships. From 1982 until he retired in 1989, Mr. Redding was the head football recruiting coordinator at the University of Kentucky. He served on NCAA rules committees for swimming and track and was also a scout for several National Football League teams.

He was born in Lewiston, Maine, and was a three-sport letterman at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Early in his career, he also coached baseball, as well as football, basketball, swimming and track. He was a Navy aviator during World War II.

Hans Vonk


Orchestra conductor Hans Vonk, 63, who led the St. Louis Symphony from 1996 to 2002, died Aug. 29 at his home in Amsterdam. He had a neurological condition similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mr. Vonk became the St. Louis Symphony's music director in 1996, after Leonard Slatkin was named music director of the National Symphony Orchestra. The effects of his illness were evident during a February 2002 concert when he was unable to turn a page of the score and had to be helped offstage during the performance.

Before coming to St. Louis, Mr. Vonk served with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden State Opera and the Cologne Radio Symphony, among others. He also appeared as a guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Alice Puluelo Naipo Park

Hula Artist

Alice Puluelo Naipo Park, 79, an authority on the hula and a teacher of the Hawaiian dance for more than 50 years, died Aug. 18 at her home in Hauula, Hawaii.

Ms. Park had her first hula lesson at age 3 and completed her study under the hula master Lokalia Montgomery.

In 1952, she opened Puamana Hula Studio, named after one of her eight children. She also taught Hawaiian culture to elementary school students, and her hula style was documented by the Hula Preservation Society.