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Charles Hoeflich, American businessman,died he was 97.

Charles H. Hoeflich was
the former Vice President of the Philadelphia National Bank, former
president of Univest bank and a philanthropist died he was 97.

(April 4, 1914 – November 28, 2011) 


He attended the University of Pennsylvania to study business, but only after accepting a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art. After graduating from Wharton, The University of Pennsylvania’s school of business, Hoeflich dreamed of working at the Philadelphia National Bank.
After he was hired, he spent the next twenty-five years working at the
Philadelphia National Bank (PNB); Only taking an intermission during
World War II to serve as a member of the Airtransport Command.[ISI 1]
Hoeflich became vice president of Philadelphia National Bank in 1951,
and served this position until he left to become president of Souderton
Bank in 1962.
Hoeflich along with Victor Milione, William F. Buckley Jr, were the founding members of Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).[ISI 2]
Hoeflich was a devout Roman Catholic, having converted to the faith
in the 1960s from the Mennonite Church. He was an avid parishoner at St.
John the Baptist Church in Ottsville, Pennsylvania. He was also a
significant benefactor to the Fatima Retreat House located in
Bedminster, PA.
Mr. Hoeflich believed in growing and supporting local businesses such
as the Crawford Broadcasting Company of Philadelphia, whose owner,
Donald B. Crawford, came to the bank in a final attempt to secure a loan
to save his radio stations. Crawford had been turned down by numerous
financial institutions before coming to see Hoeflich, who agreed to loan
him the money to stave off bankruptcy and save a local business.
Hoeflich’s philanthropic endeavors were numerous. He was a founding
director of the Human Rights Foundation, Intercollegiate Studies
Institute, and Penn Foundation. According to these organizations,
Hoeflich’s continued support and counsel for these charities were
essential to their growth and continuation. His passion for giving back
to the community continues today with the entire proceeds from this
estate sale benefitting Biblical Theological Seminary, Grand View
Hospital, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and Penn Foundation. He
often read three books at a time of various genres and read the New York
Times daily. He enjoyed collecting Americana antiques and art,
paintings and horticulture.
Hoeflich’s love of American history and Americana was evident in his
collection of antiques. He was an avid collector of early American
stoneware, baskets, redware, and furniture, especially unique and rare
pieces from Colonial-era Pennsylvania. The two-day sale features nearly
1,000 items from the 18th century farmhouse in Bedminster, PA, known as
“Elderberry Farm,” that Hoeflich called home for half a century.
Alderfer Auction & Appraisal presented the auction of the
Americana Collection from the estate of Charles H. Hoeflich on June 8-9


Charles Hoeflich died on November 28, 2011, at the age of ninety-seven.


While President of Souderton Bank, now known as Univest, Hoeflich
enhanced the banks portfolio from $14 million in commercial loans and
$2.2 million in trust assets into one that represented $2 billion in
commercial paper and a $1 billion trust function. Even after retirement
Hoeflich continued to serve on Soudertons board of trustees.[ISI 3]

Foundations and committees

  • The Penn Foundation
  • The Human Rights Foundation[1]
  • The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI)(board member)
  • The Lamb Foundation (board member)
  • The Bedminster Zoning Board (chairman)
  • The Bank Marketing Association (fmr. president)
  • The Republican Presidential Task Force
  • The Union League Club in Philadelphia
  • The Heritage Foundation[2]


  • Presidential citation (USAAF) 1946
  • Citizen of the Year award(Federal Bar Association) 1960
  • Lifetime Achievement award (the Intercollegiate Studies Institute) 2000

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Frederik Meijer, American businessman, Chairman of Meijer (1964–1990), died from a stroke he was 91.

Frederik Gerhard Hendrik Meijer  was the Chairman of the Meijer hypermarket chain in Michigan, United States died from a stroke he was 91..[1]

(December 7, 1919 – November 25, 2011)


Frederik Meijer was born in Greenville, Michigan.[1] In 1962, he launched Meijer Thrifty Acres with his father and pioneered one-stop shopping.[1] He inherited the company in 1964, after the death of his father, Hendrik Meijer.[1] In 1990, he handed over the company to his sons, Doug and Hank, though he remained the Chairman of the Board until his death.[1]
He helped establish the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.[2] An Honors College at Grand Valley State University is named for him.[3] A Chair in Dutch culture at Calvin College is also named for him.[4] As of September 2011, he was worth US$5 billion.[1] He was the 60th richest person in the United States at the time of his death.[1][5]
Fred Meijer died on November 25, 2011 at the Spectrum Health System
in Grand Rapids, MI after suffering a stroke in his Grand Rapids home in
the early morning hours, reported by the Grand Rapids Press.[6]


ten Harmsel, Larry; Bill Smith (2009). Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 0-8028-6460-0.

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Elliot Handler, American businessman, co-founder of Mattel, namer of the Barbie doll, creator of Hot Wheels, died from a heart failure he was , 95

Elliot Handler was the co-founder of Mattel. With his wife, he was a developer of some of the biggest-selling toys in American history, including Barbie dolls, Chatty Cathy, Creepy Crawlers and Hot Wheels. 

(April 9, 1916 – July 21, 2011)

Family and education

Handler was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 9, 1916, and grew up in Denver, Colorado.[3] He studied industrial design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He married Ruth Moskowicz and they had a daughter who is the namesake of Barbie dolls and a son who died in 1994 of a brain tumor, but who was the namesake of Ken dolls.[4][5]


Mattel was named after business partners Harold Matson and Elliot Handler. Elliot’s wife, Ruth, took over Matson’s role when the Handlers bought out his share in the late 1940s. Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the Barbie doll that debuted in 1959 and which Ruth named after their daughter Barbara Handler. The Barbie doll is still one of the top-selling dolls. Mattel introduced the talking Chatty Cathy doll in 1960.
Later talking dolls included Chatty Baby, Charmin’ Chatty, and toys made for cartoon favorites, such as Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig. Television characters, such as Herman Munster and Mr. Ed, were also transformed into Mattel talking toys. The pull string talking mechanism in these dolls and toys revolutionized the toy industry.
Elliot Handler had a direct hand in the production of two Mattel product lines. In 1966 Mattel introduced smaller dolls called Liddle Kiddles. Handler claimed he wanted them to resemble little children in neighborhoods across America. They were sculpted by doll artist Martha Armstrong-Hand. Kiddles were a great success and continued to be produced in different versions until the early 1970s. Another product line was Hot Wheels, introduced in 1968, which gave rise to 10,000 different models.[5]

Later life

Originally called Mattel Creations, it has gone on to become the largest toy maker in the world. In April 2008, Handler was honored by Mattel with a 90th birthday party at its headquarters in El Segundo, California. Guests included his daughter Barbara Segal, after whom the Barbie doll was named.[5]
Handler died of heart failure at home in Century City, a district of Los Angeles, California, at age 95 on July 21, 2011.[5] Ruth Handler died in 2002.[3] He was survived by his 70 year-old daughter Barbara.


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Donald Krim, American businessman, president of Kino International, died from cancer he was , 65

Donald Barron Krim was an American film distributor died from cancer he was , 65. He bought Kino International in 1977 and thereafter served as the company’s president until his death of cancer in Manhattan at the age of 65 in 2011.

(October 5, 1945, Newton, Massachusetts – May 20, 2011, Manhattan)

As the President of Kino International, Krim helped introduce some of the world’s most revered film directors to American audiences; among many others, Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together; Fallen Angels); Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher); Amos Gitai (Kippur; Kadosh); Aki Kaurismäki (The Match Factory Girl; Ariel); Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust); and Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return).
Krim received his Bachelor’s degree in American History from Columbia University in 1967 and obtained his law degree, also from Columbia, in 1971. After law school, he began his career at United Artists, first becoming head of the 16mm nontheatrical film rental division, then working on the formation of United Artists Classics, the first major studio-owned, art house division—and the model for today’s Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics.[3]
In 2000, Krim received the Mel Novikoff Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival, for his work to “enhance the filmgoing public’s knowledge and appreciation of world cinema;” and in 2006, he was the recipient of the prestigious William K. Everson Award for Film History, given by the National Board of Review. On that same year, the Anthology Film Archives bestowed Krim with a Film Preservation Honors Award. In 2009, he received “The Visionary Award” at the 24th Annual Israel Film Festival.[4]
In addition, Krim was personally responsible for all aspects of two nationwide re-releases of two different restorations of Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis—one in 2002, marking the film’s 75th anniversary, and the other in 2010, triggered by a major archival discovery. Other classic reissues he helped to make viable include Alexander Korda‘s The Thief of Bagdad; the first reissue of Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl; Von Stroheim‘s Queen Kelly; the 50th anniversary restoration of The Bicycle Thief; and recent high-def restorations of Sergei Eisenstein‘s Battleship Potemkin and Albert Parker‘s The Black Pirate.
It was announced in December 2009 that Kino International had merged with Lorber HT Digital to form a new corporate entity, Kino Lorber, Inc. Together with Lorber President Richard Lorber, Krim served as Co-President of the new company until his death in 2011.[5][6]


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Don H. Barden, American businessman, died from lung cancer he was , 67.

 Donald Hamilton Barden was an American casino executive died from lung cancer he was , 67..

(December 20, 1943 – May 19, 2011)

Barden was the Manager, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Majestic Star Casino, LLC since its formation, with responsibility for key policy making functions. Since their formation, Barden was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Investor and Manager of Barden Colorado Blackhawk, Colorado, Barden Mississippi Tunica, Mississippi, and Barden Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada; and Chairman and President of BDI. Barden also served as a director of Majestic Investor Capital since its formation.
Additionally, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of a group of other companies he owned and/or operated. Over the past 30 years, Barden had successfully developed, owned and operated many business enterprises in various industries including real estate development, casino gaming, broadcasting, cable television and international trade. In 2003, Black Enterprise Magazine selected Barden as Company of the Year. In 2004, Barden received the Trumpet Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.
For years the Barden gambling facility in Gary existed beside another gambling facility belonging to Donald Trump. Barden bought the second facility for a price reflecting historic revenue at a time when several other facilities were opening up in Illinois and Indiana. The result was over extension and the Barden company owning the combined facilities have gone into bankruptcy. The Barden Indiana, Mississippi and Colorado facilities are being turned over to creditors. The Nevada facility and the part ownership in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania facilities are separately held and are not part of the bankruptcy.


When one of Barden’s companies acquired the Fitzgeralds Las Vegas Casino in Las Vegas he became the first black casino owner in Vegas.[2] In 2007, Barden was awarded the rights to build a Casino in the North Shore Area of Pittsburgh, adjacent to Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The selection was made over heavy objections of local taxpayers who preferred another competing offer from Isle of Capri Casinos. That offer would have built a new multi-purpose arena adjacent to a casino complex in the area now occupied by the Civic Arena. Isle of Capri agreed to foot the entire cost of the new complex, valued at the time at 290 million dollars. Barden’s selection by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Gaming Commission forced the city of Pittsburgh and the buildings principal tenant, the Pittsburgh Penguins, to come up with an alternate plan, using taxpayer money to fund the facility.
In 2008, Mr. Barden defaulted on the casino project. He was unable to secure bridge loans that would have permitted work to continue on the North Shore Casino project. Work at the site was stopped for weeks, until another investor could be found. Only after Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm of JMB Realty bought controlling interest in the project, did work continue. Mr. Barden retained a minority interest in the project.
On May 19, 2011, Don Barden died of lung cancer at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. He was 67. Earlier this year, his wife Bella has filed for legal separation, saying in court documents that her 67-year-old husband was so sick with cancer that he could not make his own business and financial decisions.


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Mose Jefferson, American businessman, died from cancer he was , 68.

Mose Oliver Jefferson was a member of the New Orleans family that includes his younger brother, convicted felon and former U.S. Representative William J. Jefferson  died from cancer he was , 68. On 21 August 2009, Mose Jefferson was likewise convicted on four felony counts of bribery.

(August 28, 1942 – May 12, 2011)


Mose Jefferson left his native Lake Providence, Louisiana, to join his older sister Betty Jefferson in Chicago, Illinois, where he attended Marshall High School but dropped out to join the U.S. Air Force in 1959. After being honorably discharged and returning to civilian life, he was convicted of a $450 robbery and served 9 months in Stateville Correctional Center, being released in 1967. He then became a Democratic Party field lieutenant with the political organization of Bob Shaw and his brother Bill Shaw, the latter of whom served in the Illinois Senate from 1982 to 2002.[3]

Legal difficulties

On July 22, 2009 — during the 16-indictments trial of Mose Jefferson’s brother, Congressman William J. Jefferson, before U.S. judge T. S. Ellis III — lead prosecutor Mark Lytle presented a chart which showed

money flowing from Jigawa State in Nigeria to Arkel Sugar in Baton Rouge to pay for a study of the feasibility of Arkel building a sugar plant there, to the coffers of Providence Lake, a company controlled by the congressman’s brother Mose Jefferson, to BEP, another company controlled by Mose Jefferson, and on to Harvard University, where it helped pay expenses for Jelani Jefferson, one of the congressman’s daughters.[4]

On August 5, 2009, William J. Jefferson was convicted in the Virginia court on 11 of the 16 felony counts.[5] Four days later, on August 9, in an article starting on the front page and extending for almost the entirety of another page, Laura Maggi analyzed Mose Jefferson’s imputed connection with the criminal behaviors on which William J. Jefferson had been convicted.[6]
In 2009, while other members of the Jefferson family were facing indictment or trial on various corruption charges, Mose Jefferson faced two trials. Originally a racketeering trial was to begin on August 3, 2009, followed by a bribery trial on August 10. On July 28, 2009, the sequence changed, the bribery trial remaining on August 10, 2009 and the racketeering trial moving to January 25, 2010.

Bribery accusations

In the bribery allegations Mose Jefferson was accused of paying Orleans Parish School Board president Ellenese Brooks-Simms $140,000 in exchange for her support of adopting a software-based teaching system sold by Mose Jefferson. Brooks-Simms accepted the money but, on getting caught, entered into a plea-bargain to testify (along with two other witnesses) against Mose Jefferson, including cooperating with investigators in recording certain conversations she had with Mose Jefferson.[7] According to CBS News, the software sale was just part of a set of schemes wherein Brooks-Simms steered $14 million in sales toward a company which paid Mose Jefferson $913,000 in commissions.[8]

Racketeering accusations

Racketeering charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) involved Mose Jefferson and Renée Gill Pratt,[9] Mose Jefferson’s “long-time companion” in a relationship described as being “as close as it gets” by columnist Stephanie Grace.[10] The indictment alleged that Gill Pratt, a former state senator and member of the New Orleans City Council (defeated in 2006 by Stacy Head), had assisted Mose Jefferson in obtaining government grants for humanitarian causes managed by him, his sister Betty Jefferson, and Betty Jefferson’s daughter Angela Coleman, whereupon the Jeffersons unduly used some of the money for personal interests. Betty Jefferson and Angela Coleman were additional defendants in the racketeering trial.[11]

Pre-trial Motions

On June 3, 2009, Mose Jefferson requested that the racketeering charge be postponed because of the then-potential time overlap with the trial on bribery charges (both trials originally being docketed to begin in August). The request for delay was probably mooted, however, by new charges arraigned on June 5, effectuating postponement of one trial (the racketeering trial) by request of the court.

Potential change in defense attorneys

The situation was further complicated by an implication that Mose Jefferson needed to obtain a new lawyer, in that Arthur “Buddy” Lemann, according to U.S. attorney Daniel Friel, faced a conflict of interest in having once represented Stacy Simms, daughter of Ellenese Brooks-Simms. Lemann was to represent Mose Jefferson in the racketeering case. Stacy Simms had assisted her mother in laundering the bribe (in the other case), through Stacy’s bank account and, after pleading guilty to the felony, joined her mother in becoming a witness for the prosecution of Mose Jefferson. Lemann (arguing that “the very inclusion of allegations related to another pending indictment is improper”) had objected that the racketeering indictment described a relationship to the (undecided) bribery case in that part of the alleged racketeering involved Gill Pratt’s supposed obtaining of $300,000 for a couple of private schools so that they could buy the software which Mose Jefferson, with Ellenese Brooks-Simms’ help, also sold to the public schools; according to the indictment, Mose Jefferson’s commission on the sales to the private schools was $30,000, of which Gill Pratt pocketed $3500.[12] “It’s not RICO, it’s wacko”—said Lemann on June 5 as he objected to the move to separate him from the racketeering case.[13]
Lemann himself was not Mose Jefferson’s original attorney; Lemann had replaced Ike Spears, who had earlier been disqualified on a conflict of interest inherent in his having previously represented Brenda Jefferson Foster, younger sister of Mose and William J. Jefferson. Brenda Jefferson Foster had entered a guilty plea in the racketeering case and obtained a promise of leniency in exchange for agreeing to testify against her siblings.
As of June 6, 2009, Mose Jefferson’s attorney in the bribery case continued to be Mike Fawer, “another pugnacious defense attorney” as described by the Times-Picayune.[12]

Political allegations by defenders

On June 8, 2009, Lemann called the racketeering case “a political prosecution initiated by the office of a Republican prosecutor against a minority neighborhood association led by the Jefferson family” and asked for the case to be dismissed as being politically motivated. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten claimed to be “not surprised to see that again” in reference to Lemann’s having made allegations of prosecutorial political or racial bias when defending former mayor Marc Morial‘s administrator Kerry DeCay, who was convicted and spent 9 years in federal incarceration.[14]

Indigence claim

Lemmon referred to magistrate judge Louis Moore Jr. the question of whether Mose Jefferson should be declared indigent, a status conference on that question set for July 28. Fawer and Lemann both asked Moore to declare Mose Jefferson indigent because a building he owns on New Orleans’ Loyola Avenue was put on hold by U.S. attorney Jim Letten. Fawer and Lemann had intended to use the building as a “means of obtaining payment for their services”; but Moore, on August 6, 2009, cited that Mose Jefferson owns a New Orleans East house which he used as collateral for his bond pending trial. According to Laura Maggi of the Times-Picayune on Mose Jefferson’s wherewithal to pay defense lawyers, “Moore pointed out that Jefferson could give up the bond on the house and go to jail”; Moore denied the request for indigence.[15]

Requests for delay

At a hearing before U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle on June 17, 2009, lawyers for Betty Jefferson and Angela Coleman requested a delay from the August 3, 2009, start date for the racketeering trial; at the same hearing, however, lawyers for Gill Pratt and Mose Jefferson requested that the racketeering trial begin as scheduled on August 3.[16]
During the ensuing week, on June 26, 2009, U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon denied Mose Jefferson’s request to delay the start of the bribery case also involving Gill Pratt and Ellenese Brooks-Simms.[17] Fawer immediately filed a second request for delay of the bribery trial, this request arguing that Gill Pratt could not risk testifying in the racketeering case if a charge against her were to be pending in the bribery case. On July 16, 2009, Lemmon ruled as follows:[18]

·         denied Fawer’s (Mose’s Jefferson’s) second request for delay.
·         denied a motion by Fawer (representing Mose Jefferson) to stay the proceedings so that Fawer (Mose Jefferson) could appeal, to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Lemmon’s June 26 denial of Fawer’s (Mose Jefferson’s) request for delay in the bribery trial.
·         denied a Fawer motion to remove a government lien on Mose Jefferson’s property on Loyola Avenue to cover Fawer’s lawyer charges.
·         denied a motion by Fawer to remove him as Mose Jefferson’s attorney.
Racketeering trial delayed

On July 28, 2009, Lemelle delayed the start of the racketeering trial to January 25, 2010. The bribery trial of Mose Jefferson alone was still set to begin on August 10, 2009, with jury selection beginning on August 4, 2009.[19]

Bribery trial not delayed

On August 4, Fawer unsuccessfully sought (denied by Lemmon) to delay the bribery trial until after the racketeering trial, because, as summarized by Michael Kunzelman of the Times-Picayune:

Gill Pratt … isn’t available to testify during the bribery case this month because she is awaiting her own trial next year in a [the] separate but related racketeering conspiracy case.[20]

Requests for change of venue

On August 7, 2009, Fawer requested to move the bribery trial from New Orleans because the “trial atmosphere has been utterly corrupted by ongoing media coverage” (Fawer’s words) of the conviction of William J. Jefferson; Lemmon’s written denial was just two sentences in length, including that questions to potential jurors “will reveal the extent of prejudice, if any, resulting from news coverage of the trial of defendant’s brother” (Lemmon’s words).[21]

Bribery trial

Jury selection for Mose Jefferson’s trial on charges of bribery began on August 10, 2009, with Fawer again requesting a venue change and Lemmon again denying it. By the end of the day attorneys on both sides had selected a 12-member panel of jurors—six women, six men—with two women alternates.[22]
The bribery trial per se began on August 11 at 10:00 AM CDT, with strikingly different perspectives between the prosecution and the defense on the $140,000 which Mose Jefferson gave to Ellenese Brooks-Simms. According to Fawer, Brooks-Simms said “what the government wanted to hear” concerning the $140,000. Fawer maintained that the FBI-recorded conversations between Brooks-Simms and Mose Jefferson would be shown to concur with the defense’s characterization of the exchange of money as a gift or loan to Brooks-Simms in that her husband was at the time experiencing expensive medical costs. Fawer also revealed defense plans to call as witnesses not only Mose Jefferson but also Republican former U.S. Representative Bob Livingston, head of the Livingston Group lobbying firm which represented JRL Enterprises, contractor for the “I CAN LEARN” program, in successful efforts to obtain $36 million in federal contracts. The prosecution called Paul Cambon, Livingston’s former congressional aide who later became a partner in the Livingston Group.[23] After Cambon testified that the Livingston Group had received monthly retainers of up to $30,000 from JRL Enterprises, prosecutor Michael Simpson asked: “Did the Livingston Group ever kick back $140,000?”—which question was overridden by Lemmon on Fawer’s objection.[24]
On August 18, Mose Jefferson, testifying under oath, countervailed the testimony of Brooks-Simms and characterized her as a former lover for whom the $140,000 was a gift; she had testified that they first met in 1999, but he testified that their relationship began in the 1980s.[25]
On August 19, 2009, former Orleans Parish schools superintendent Tony Amato testified in support of the “I CAN LEARN” program, but most of the testimony on that day centered on the nature of the relationship between Mose Jefferson and Brooks-Simms. Fawer called as witness 83-year-old minister Zebedee Bridges who testified that in the 1980s Mose Jefferson was involved in an adulterous affair with Brooks-Simms, but Ralph Capitalli, attorney for Brooks-Simms, characterized the story as “a lie” and stated that Fawer had not inquired of Brooks-Simms about the alleged affair; Capitelli asserted that Brooks-Simms was loyal to her husband throughout 40 years of marriage. Prosecutor Michael Simpson, who repeatedly during the day attempted to steer the discussion back to the exchange of money and the recorded conversations between Brooks-Simms and Mose Jefferson, adopted “an incredulous tone” in that Fawer had said nothing about adultery during the opening statement and during the three days when Brooks-Simms was on the witness stand.[26]
Before the case went to the jury on August 20, 2009, the defense called Livingston as witness, in an attempt to analogize the lobbying activities of the Livingston Group to the involvements of Mose Jefferson,[27] Fawer’s repeated arguments that the $140,000 payment could only be a gift in that adoption of I CAN LEARN already had Brooks-Simms’ support as well as that of the other voting members of the school system, but Fawer’s observations of the time of the payment and the prior day’s testimony by Amato were “sideshows” when “This case is about payoffs and rewards” according to federal prosecutor Sal Perricone. At 6:00 PM on August 20 Lemmon ordered the jury sequestered to consider the charges against Mose Jefferson.[28]
The following morning, on August 21, 2009, the jury returned the following verdicts declaring Mose Jefferson guilty on four of the seven felony counts, as reported by WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC):[29]

Count 1—Conspiracy to commit bribery: Not guilty
Count 2—Bribery of an agent (Brooks-Simms) of an organization seeking federal funding: Guilty
Count 3—Bribery of an agent (Brooks-Simms) of an organization seeking federal funding: Guilty
Count 4—Bribery of an agent (Brooks-Simms) of an organization seeking federal funding: Not guilty
Count 5—Money laundering: Not guilty
Count 6—Obstruction of justice: Guilty
Count 7—Obstruction of justice: Guilty

Sentencing by Lemmon was set for December 9, 2009, Mose Jefferson remaining in the meantime free on personal surety bond.[30]

Racketeering trial

Jefferon’s racketeering trial began on March 22, 2010. He died of cancer in 2011 in Lake Providence.


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Jack Fulk, American businessman, co-founder of Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits died he was , 78.

Jack Z. Fulk  was an American businessman who co-founded the Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits fast food restaurant chain in 1977 in Charlotte, North Carolina died he was , 78..

(November 30, 1932 – March 30, 2011)

Fulk was born to Charles and Lucille Hunter Fulk in Davidson County, North Carolina, on November 30, 1932.
Fulk initially operated a Hardee’s franchise in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.[1] While still working with Hardee’s, Fulk began experimenting with recipes for biscuits during the mid-1970s.[1][3] Fulk and his business partner, Richard Thomas, to open a chicken restaurant that became the first Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits in 1977 on West Boulevard in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1][3] The first restaurant was a walk-in with no seating,[2] but it specialized in chicken that was spicier than its competitors.[3] Fulk also added his biscuits to the restaurant’s menu, which increased increased sales approximately 60%.[3] Fulk and Thomas opended a second Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits in 1978.[3]
Fulk retired from Bojangles in 1985, when the chain had reached 350 locations (there are now more than 500 locations in eleven states, as of 2011).[3] He eventually sold his stake in Bojangles, but continued to operate a franchise in Jonesville, North Carolina.[1]
Jack Fulk, a resident of Charlotte, died on March 30, 2011, at the age of 78.[1]


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James C. Tyree, American businessman, chairman and CEO of the Chicago Sun-Times, died from cancer he was , 53.

James C. Tyree  was a Chicago financier who was chairman and chief executive officer of Mesirow Financial since 1994. In 2009, he led a team of investors that took control of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, which he owned until his death he was , 53.

(October 30, 1957  – March 16, 2011)

Early life and education

Tyree grew up in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
Tyree earned his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Illinois State University in 1978 and 1980, respectively.[1][2]

Professional career

In 1980, Tyree joined Mesirow Financial fresh out of business school as a research analyst.[3][1] In 1990, he became the firm’s president, and in 1994, he became the firm’s chairman and chief executive officer.[1][3]
From 1990 until his death, Tyree oversaw 50 acquisitions by Mesirow.[3]

Bid for the Sun-Times

In September 2009, Tyree and a group of investors he was leading placed a $5 million bid, which was accepted to purchase the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper and its bankrupt company, Sun-Times Media Group Inc.[4] As part of their offer, Tyree and his group also had agreed to assume $20 million in liabilities. [5]


Tyree married his second wife, Eve, in 1996, after a first marriage had ended in divorce.[3] Eve had been Mesirow’s chief financial officer.[3] They own a mansion on Chicago’s Gold Coast and a lakefront summer house in Long Beach, Indiana.They also have children, one of them being a girl named Jessica. [3]
Tyree suffered from diabetes.[3]
On October 20, 2010 his diagnosis with stomach cancer was revealed.[6] On March 16, 2011, Tyree died of complications of cancer.[7]

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Stanley Tanger, American businessman, founder of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers. died he was , 87

Stanley K. Tanger was an American businessman, philanthropist and pioneer of the outlet shopping industry. Tanger is the founder of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, which began with a single location in Burlington, North Carolina in 1981,[2] and now has 33 shopping centers throughout the United States as of October 2010 died he was , 87.[1] In doing so, Tanger can also be credited with inventing “the very concept of the outlet mall,” according to the News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina.[1] Tanger Outlets grossed $270 million dollars in 2009.[1]
(April 13, 1923 – October 23, 2010 [1]

Tanger was the son of Harriette and Moe Tanger, who were from Wallingford, Connecticut. Tanger served as a pilot during World War II.[1]
After the end of the war, Tanger began to run Creighton Shirtmakers, the family business in Reidsville, North Carolina.[1] Under Tanger, Creighton Shirtmakers expanded to five outlet stores.[1] Tanger soon organized other similar businesses and manufacturer outlets into a small, brand name outlet strip mall in Burlington, North Carolina in the early 1981.[1][2] The company, now known as Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, had since expanded to more than thirty-three outlet centers in twenty-two U.S. states, as of October 2010.[1] In 1993, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers became the first outlet developer to be publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.[1][2]
Real Estate by Inc. Magazine named Tanger as “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1994.[2] Tanger remained chairman of Tanger’s board of directors until his retirement from a daily role with the company on August 7, 2009.[3] He resigned as chairman of the board in September 2009,[3] but remained a member of Tanger’s board of directors until his death in 2010.[2]
Tanger and his wife, Doris Tanger, who survived breast cancer more than forty years before his death in 2010,[1] were local, North Carolina philanthropists. Much of Tanger’s philanthropy focused on breast cancer awareness, including a one-million-dollar contribution to Moses Cone Health System’s Regional Cancer Center in Greenboro.[1] Tanger also funded a variety of beatification projects throughout the city of Greensboro, including the creation and preservation of city parks, including the Bicentennial Gardens.[1]
Stanley Tanger, a resident of Greensboro, died of pneumonia on October 23, 2010, at the age of 87.[1] He was survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Doris Tanger, and his children and grandchildren. Tanger’s funeral was held at Temple Emanuel, a Reform Judaism congregation in Greensboro.[1]
His son, Steven Tanger, became the president and chief executive office of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers in January 2010.[1][3]

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Harrison Price, American businessman, theme park pioneer died he was , 89

Harrison Alan “Buzz” Price  was a research economist specializing in how people spend their leisure time and resources  died he was , 89. Price guided Walt Disney in the siting and development of Disneyland in Southern California and of Walt Disney World in Central Florida.

(May 17, 1921 – August 15, 2010)

Early life and education

Price was born in Oregon City, Oregon on May 17, 1921, and moved with his family to San Diego in 1930.[1] Price earned his undergraduate degree in 1942 from the California Institute of Technology, Where he majored in mechanical engineering. He served in the United States Army during World War II and then spent three years as a sales engineer in South America before returning to the United States to attend Stanford University, where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 1951.[2][3]


Price’s method of leisure-time economic analysis combined aspects of architecture and planning, along with economics and sociology. While with Stanford Research Institute, Price worked for Walt Disney starting in 1953, producing 150 studies regarding the development of potential theme parks. Price considered several locations in Southern California for the company’s first theme park, suggesting that Disneyland be located in California after considering accessibility, climate and projected profitability. Price performed research in the 1960s for a Disney park to be located on the East Coast, Price considered prospective locations in Florida, New York City and Washington, D.C. before deciding that the Orlando, Florida area would be the preferable site for Walt Disney World given its mild winters. He also helped in the selection of Chiba, Japan for the site of Tokyo Disneyland.[2] Michael Eisner credited Price with being “as much responsible for the success of the Walt Disney Co. as anybody except Walt Disney himself”.[3]
Price went into business for himself and formed Economics Research Associates in 1958, which he sold off in 1969. In 1978, he established the Harrison Price Company. As a consultant, Price advised the developers of the 1964 New York World’s Fair in New York and the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, as well as for theme parks such as Busch Gardens, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld and Six Flags. He was one of the founders of the California Institute of the Arts, created based on a concept of Walt Disney that became the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and the performing arts.[2]


A resident of Pomona, California, Price died there at age 89 on August 15, 2010, due to anemia. He was survived by his wife, the former Ann Shaw, as well as by two daughters, two sons, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.[2]

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Cheez Doodles, died of natural causes he was , 90

Morrie Robert Yohai was an American food company executive best known for his creation of Cheez Doodles died of natural causes he was , 90, a cylindrical baked cornmeal puff most often with a cheddar cheese flavor.

(pronounced yo-high; March 4, 1920 – July 27, 2010)

Yohai was born on March 4, 1920 in Harlem to Jewish immigrants from Turkey and grew up in the Bronx. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1941 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[1] He worked for Grumman Aircraft after graduating from college and enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He pursued flight training, assuming that since he knew how to build planes he would know how to fly them. He was shifted to the United States Marine Corps and piloted planes in the South Pacific.[2]

Yohai was the president of Old London Foods, a food products company originally established in the 1920s by his father as King Kone. The company had manufactured ice cream cones and would later produce cheese crackers, popcorn and Melba toast. The company was looking for a new snack in the 1950s and had a machine that could extrude cornmeal under pressure through a narrow hole that would be cut to three-inch lengths by a blade. Baked with orange cheddar cheese and flavorings, Yohai gave them the name “Cheez Doodles“.[1] The name came to him while he sat around the table with other employees sampling different alternatives for the cheese flavoring.[2] In 1965, the company was bought out by Borden, which also made Cracker Jack and Drake’s cakes.[1] In April 1967, Yohai was named as group vice president at Borden Foods and as chairman of the firm’s Old London Foods and Wise Potato Chips divisions.[3] Yohai recalled that one of his responsibilities involved making decisions as to which tiny toys would be included as prizes in packages of Cracker Jack.[1]

Yohai was proud of his association with Cheez Doodles, and fondly retained a photograph of Julia Child eating from a bag. Attending a 2004 display of a work by Sandy Skoglund at a Napa Valley museum depicting several life-size figures covered in Cheez Doodles, his wife proudly told the gathered guests that her husband had invented the product.[1]

Yohai left Borden after the company relocated to Columbus, Ohio. He started teaching at the New York Institute of Technology and was chosen to serve as the associate dean of the college’s school of management. In his later years Yohai became involved with Jewish mysticism and Torah study. An author of two books and 500 poems, he was one of the founders of the annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival.[1]

A resident of Kings Point, New York, he lived in a luxurious home on Long Island Sound, which his wife would call “the house that Cheez Doodles bought”.[1] He died at age 90 at his home there on July 27, 2010, due to cancer.[2] He was survived by his wife, the former Phyllis Marcus who he had married in 1947, as well as by a daughter, a son and a granddaughter.[1]

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