obituary http://michiganradio.org en Don Davis, musician, producer and composer, dies http://michiganradio.org/post/don-davis-musician-producer-and-composer-dies <p>DETROIT (AP) - A family spokeswoman says Don Davis, a longtime Detroit musician, composer and recording executive, has died at 75.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:48:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17904 at http://michiganradio.org Don Davis, musician, producer and composer, dies Pulitzer prize-winning Detroit journalist Angelo Henderson dies http://michiganradio.org/post/pulitzer-prize-winning-detroit-journalist-angelo-henderson-dies <p>DETROIT (AP) - A medical examiner's spokesman says Angelo Henderson, Pulitzer prize-winning Detroit journalist, radio host and co-founder of a prominent community patrol group, has died.<br /><br />Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office spokesman Bill Mullan said Henderson died Saturday in Pontiac of natural causes but no other details were available. He was 51.<br /> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:11:46 +0000 The Associated Press 16468 at http://michiganradio.org Pulitzer prize-winning Detroit journalist Angelo Henderson dies American Axle co-founder Richard Dauch dies at 71 http://michiganradio.org/post/american-axle-co-founder-richard-dauch-dies-71 <p>BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - American Axle &amp; Manufacturing co-founder and board chair Richard Dauch has died. He was 71.<br><br>The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Dauch died Friday of cancer at his Bloomfield Hills home.<br><br>A statement on the Detroit-based auto supplier's website reads: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Dick's family and friends."<br> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 15:09:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13820 at http://michiganradio.org American Axle co-founder Richard Dauch dies at 71 Dan Musser Jr., Grand Hotel owner, dies at age 80 http://michiganradio.org/post/dan-musser-jr-grand-hotel-owner-dies-age-80 <p>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - The owner of Michigan's most famous summer hotel has died. R.D. "Dan" Musser Jr. was 80.<br><br>Musser owned the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. In a statement, the hotel says he died Saturday of congestive health failure at a Lansing hospital.<br><br>Musser started working at the hotel when he was in college in 1951. It was owned at the time by his uncle, W. Stewart Woodfill. Musser became president in 1960 and purchased the hotel, with wife Amelia, in 1979.<br> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:28:29 +0000 The Associated Press 12131 at http://michiganradio.org Dan Musser Jr., Grand Hotel owner, dies at age 80 Remembering Sonny Eliot (VIDEO) http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-sonny-eliot-video <p>Sonny Eliot, Detroit radio and television pioneer, died this morning at his home in Farmington Hills.</p><p>He was 91.</p><p>For those who don't remember Eliot, he might be best known for his role as Detroit's star weatherman. Eliot had a quick wit and predilection for puns.</p><p>Here is a taste:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcKajrki0bQ</p><p>Spending over 60 years in broadcasting, Eliot worked into his 80s. He gave his final broadcast in September 2010.</p><p>Here's a look at Eliot toward the end of his career:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reZYXrJxuQ4</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:30:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9958 at http://michiganradio.org Remembering Sonny Eliot (VIDEO) Veteran Detroit broadcaster 'Sonny' Eliot dies http://michiganradio.org/post/veteran-detroit-broadcaster-sonny-eliot-dies <p>FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Longtime broadcaster Marvin "Sonny" Eliot, whose corny jokes and genial manner endeared him to Detroit audiences for decades, has died. He was 91.<br><br>Friend and co-worker Don Swindell says Eliot died Friday morning at home in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills after an illness.<br><br>One of the city's most well-known media personalities, Eliot was a throwback to a time when local television established its identity through non-news programming that made up with enthusiasm and creativity.<br><br>His longest-lasting gig was as a weathercaster, first on WWJ radio in 1950 - a job he held well into the 21st century - as well as on local television stations.<br><br>Eliot retired in 2010 from broadcasting, announcing the end of his career on WWJ.<br><br>Survivors include his wife, Annette. Arrangements were pending Friday. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:55:08 +0000 The Associated Press 9952 at http://michiganradio.org Veteran Detroit broadcaster 'Sonny' Eliot dies Former Mich. lawmaker Van Regenmorter dies at 73 http://michiganradio.org/post/former-mich-lawmaker-van-regenmorter-dies-73 <p>Former West Michigan lawmaker William Van Regenmorter, whose noteworthy accomplishments included his authorship of the Crime Victim&#39;s Rights Act of 1985, has died. He was 73.</p><p>Family friend Joseph Crawford says Van Regenmorter, who was diagnosed with Parkinson&#39;s disease in 2003, died Monday at his home in Ottawa County&#39;s Georgetown Township.<br /><br />The Republican served in the House from 1983-90 before being elected to the Senate, where he served from 1991-2002. He became a representative again from 2003-06.<br /><br />Van Regenmorter served as chairman of the House and Senate judiciary committees for more than 16 years. Under the Crime Victim&#39;s Rights Act, victims are required to be notified and consulted during the various steps of the legal process, such as before a prosecutor offers a plea bargain to a defendant.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:48:41 +0000 The Associated Press 7940 at http://michiganradio.org Medical illustrator, `fool the eye' artist dies http://michiganradio.org/post/medical-illustrator-fool-eye-artist-dies <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - World-renowned medical illustrator Gerald Parker Hodge has died at his home in Michigan. He was 91.<br /><br /> His daughter Melinda Hodge says Hodge died Thursday in Ann Arbor after a fight with cancer.<br /><br /> Hodge was a longtime professor at the University of Michigan, where he founded the master&#39;s program in medical and biological illustration in 1964.<br /><br /> Beyond his work in the applied art field, he was prominent as a fine artists specializing in &quot;fool the eye&quot; paintings.<br /> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:51:35 +0000 The Associated Press 7826 at http://michiganradio.org The late Mike Wallace enjoyed his ties to the University of Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/late-mike-wallace-enjoyed-his-ties-university-michigan <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) &mdash; Three-quarters of a century after Mike Wallace graduated from the University of Michigan, his name and his contributions live on at the Ann Arbor school.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The veteran CBS newsman died Saturday in New Canaan, Conn., at age 93.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Wallace came to Michigan from Brookline, Mass. He reported for the student-run newspaper The Michigan Daily and did radio work as well, graduating in 1939.</span></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:35:27 +0000 The Associated Press 6955 at http://michiganradio.org The late Mike Wallace enjoyed his ties to the University of Michigan Focus: HOPE co-founder Eleanor Josaitis dies at 79 http://michiganradio.org/post/focus-hope-co-founder-eleanor-josaitis-dies-79 <p>Eleanor Josaitis, a community leader who co-founded the social services organization Focus: HOPE in the wake of Detroit&#39;s 1967 riots, has died. She was 79.</p><p>Her son Mark Josaitis tells The Associated Press that she died Tuesday morning at Angela Hospice in Livonia after being diagnosed last year with cancer.</p><p>Mark Josaitis says his mother &quot;really believed in human dignity and helping people develop skills to be proud of.&quot;</p><p>Eleanor Josaitis and the Rev. William Cunningham founded Focus: HOPE in 1968 following the race riots that widened a rift between Detroit&#39;s black and white residents. The group offers job training, as well as food programs for the poor and elderly. Cunningham died in 1997.</p><p>Survivors include Josaitis&#39; husband of 55 years, Donald. The couple had five children and several grandchildren. Tue, 09 Aug 2011 10:34:20 +0000 The Associated Press 3661 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit businessman Don Barden dies http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-businessman-don-barden-dies <p>Detroit businessman <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Barden">Don Barden</a> has died after a long bout with lung&nbsp;cancer.&nbsp;&nbsp; Barden was a major player in <a href="http://blackentrepreneurshalloffame.blogspot.com/2005/11/don-barden.html">the nation&#39;s casino industry.</a></p> Thu, 19 May 2011 14:26:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 2564 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit businessman Don Barden dies