Daniel Vovak, 39, who ran for U.S. Senate in Maryland and other offices while wearing a Colonial-style white wig, died May 21 at Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville. He had cancer.
Mr. Vovak unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Senate in 2006 against former lieutenant governor Michael Steele, who lost in the general election to Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin. Mr. Vovak said he wore the wig to attract attention to his campaigns.
During that race, Mr. Vovak went to court to put his full nickname, “the Wig Man,” on the primary ballot. An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge dismissed the complaint.
Mr. Vovak, an Ohio native, worked at times as a writer.
Joe Steffy, who helped pave the way for Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis on some of Army’s best football teams and won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top lineman in 1947, died May 21 at a hospital in Newburgh, N.Y. He was 85 and had heart ailments.
Mr. Steffy played offense and defense on Army’s 1945 and 1946 undefeated teams under coach Earl “Red” Blaik. Mr. Steffy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
Mr. Steffy served in the Korean War and received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart after being wounded in action.
He settled in Newburgh after his service commitment, was an assistant coach under Blaik and turned down a tryout with the Dallas Texans in the 1950s, opting instead to sell used cars.
Until health problems in recent years, Mr. Steffy was a fixture at Army practices and home games. His No. 61 was retired in 2009; he became the fourth Army player to have that honor. The others are Davis, Blanchard and Pete Dawkins, the 1958 Heisman winner.
— From news services