Obituaries in the news

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2009 1:09 AM

Peter Francis Storer

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) _ Radio, television and cable industry leader and prominent philanthropist Peter Francis Storer has died. He was 81.

Storer died Sunday at his home in Saratoga, his daughter, Elizabeth Storer, said Tuesday.

Peter Storer was chief executive officer of Storer Communications, the nation's fourth-largest multiple system cable operator with stock valued at $2 billion at the time of its sale in 1986.

Storer began his career in broadcasting at WJBK-TV in Detroit, a Storer Broadcasting Company television station owned by his father.

He later became general manager of WSPD (now WTVG) in Toledo. In 1960, he opened one of the first national television representative firms, Storer TV Sales, in New York City.

Seven years later, Storer became executive vice president of Miami-based Storer Broadcasting. He became CEO following his father's death in 1975 and renamed the company Storer Communications.

He remained chief executive officer until the company was bought out in 1986.


Gheorghe Dinica

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Gheorghe Dinica, a Romanian actor who delighted his country by portraying characters such as villainous politicians and defiant Gypsies in dozens of plays and movies, died Tuesday. He was 75.

Dinica, famous throughout Romania, died at Floreasca Hospital in Bucharest from pneumonia with complications, said hospital spokesman Dr. Bogdan Oprita.

Dinica began his long acting career with a role in a Romanian film version of Albert Camus' "The Stranger" in 1963. He went on to perform in many Romanian and foreign movies, soap operas and plays, right up until his death.

In 2007, he acted in Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth" movie. He also joined French actor Anthony Delon in the film "L'Homme Press" in 2005. He said he was never tempted to act in movies produced in the United States.

Upon receiving news of Dinica's death, Romanian President Traian Basescu called the actor "a model of humanity, modesty and generosity."

Dinica, who was born in Bucharest in 1934, was awarded several awards in Romania during his life, including the Faithful Service Order in 2008 by Basescu.