ALVIN E. AUSTIN, 89, longtime head of the University of North Dakota’s journalism department, died June 13. An erstwhile editor of the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, he is generally credited with popularizing his university’s athletic teams as the “”Sioux.””

By: Jamie Santo

JOHN H. CONNOR, 84, retired editor of The Daily News in Batavia, N.Y., died June 15 after a battle with cancer. Connor began as a reporter and photographer at the paper before World War II and returned to the paper after the war. Connor worked for the Daily News until his retirement in 1986.

BILL MACKLIN, 81, former editor of The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., died June 8. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1991. Macklin served as a correspondent for The Associated Press for 12 years before he began his 28-year tenure at the daily in 1951.

DAVID NICOLETTE, 80, theater writer and former city editor for the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, died June 6. Nicolette joined the daily in 1950 and began his “”Words and Music”” column in 1960. He became city editor in 1971, and in 1977 took over the newly created entertainment/features department.

NORMAN RICHARDSON, 64, former executive editor of the Temple (Texas) Daily Telegram, died June 11 from kidney failure. Richardson had served as state editor of The Times in Shreveport, La., from 1957 to 1974. Richardson’s reporting in the 1960s on hurricanes along the Gulf Coast won several prizes, a 1965 Associated Press Managing Editors Association award among them.

JOSEPH N. WELLS, 61, president of the J.N. Wells & Co. media brokerage, died June 5 following a stoke suffered May 28. Wells began his newspaper career at the Coloma (Mich.) Courier and brokered his first deal in 1967, arranging the sale of the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette to R.C. Hoiles of Freedom Newspapers. Wells began brokering newspapers as a way to pay for the care for his newly born daughter, who had severe birth defects.

RALPH LEROY WILLIAMS, 95, owner of the Springfield (Colo.) Democrat Herald and the Lamar (Colo.) Sparks Herald, died June 7. Williams bought the Loveland (Colo.) Roundup and worked as a printer for the Denver Rocky Mountain News for 30 years until retiring in 1994. Williams ran for the U.S. Congress a number of times, the last at age 70.
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