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Obituaries

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Journalist Larry Lee, 41, told friends at the last U.S. newspaper he worked for that he enjoyed the simpler lifestyle of Central America. It reminded him of America in the 1950s. In July 1998, Lee moved to Guatemala City to work for BridgeNews, a financial wire service. He was found stabbed to death in his apartment there Dec. 28.

The reporter, then planning another in a series of frequent moves, had recently placed an ad in a local paper to sell some belongings, said The Associated Press, causing police to consider robbery as a motive for his murder.

After a stint as assistant city editor at The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News in Florida from April to July 1998, Lee sold his worldly goods and bought a one-way ticket to Guatemala City. He free-lanced at first for BridgeNews, became "an invaluable resource," according to Managing Editor Tony Ralf, and was quickly promoted to full-time reporter.

On Dec. 23, 1999, Lee wrote a friend and former colleague at the San Antonio Express-News, Jeanne Russell, that he had decided to work as a volunteer monitoring problems facing the indigenous peoples of Mexico's southern states. Lee planned to finish his job at BridgeNews and board a bus to Mexico City in January.

In a farewell to her friend - who in his last letter described himself as a "rolling stone" - Russell wrote in the Express-News: "Larry never quite fit in anywhere as neatly as his suitcases fit below the bus seat, but his quirky ways challenged us. He was the kind of journalist who always wondered if writing about the news was part of the solution. More and more, he itched to do something direct to help others."

Lee was born in Rockford, Ill., but considered Doniphan, Mo., home. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He began his career as a reporter at the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark., but held many other reporting and editing jobs, a number as a free-lancer, for papers including The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel and the El Paso (Texas) Herald- Post.- Ellen Liburt

Roy Alleman, 90, former Hastings (Neb.) Tribune farm editor, died Dec 30. Alleman worked at several Nebraska newspapers before he became Tribune farm editor in 1969. He was the owner of the Grassland News in Thedford and an editor of the Central Nebraska Farmer/Stockman in Cozad and the weekly Custer County Chief in Broken Bow. After leaving the Hastings Tribune in 1977, Alleman became involved in agricultural real estate, contributed articles to magazines and farm publications, and wrote two books. …

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