Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere

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Linda Horan * The woman from New Hampshire, who was suffering from late-stage cancer when she won permission to buy medical marijuana in Maine before it was available in her home state, died Monday (Feb. 1, 2016).

Ms. Horan was 64. Her death was confirmed by state Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, N.H., a friend and co-sponsor of New Hampshire's medical marijuana law.

Ms. Horan, a retired telephone company worker and longtime labor activist, was diagnosed in July with advanced lung cancer. A New Hampshire law allowing medical marijuana was passed in 2013, but the state wasn't ready to begin issuing cards allowing people to use it in November when Ms. Horan sued seeking access to it.

Later in November, a New Hampshire judge ordered the state to issue Ms. Horan a card so she could get medical marijuana in Maine.

New Hampshire began issuing identification cards last month to its residents who were entitled to use medical marijuana. The first dispensaries are scheduled to open this spring.

Alyce Dixon * The nation's oldest female veteran, who expedited mail delivery in wartime and later worked as a civilian at the Pentagon, facilitating what she called the purchase of everything from "pencils to airplanes," died Jan. 27, 2016, at a veterans' retirement center in Washington. She was 108.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the death but did not disclose the cause.

Ms. Dixon was working for the War Department's secretarial pool at the newly constructed Pentagon when in 1943 she enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, soon to be called the Women's Army Corps.

She was initially limited to administrative assignments in Iowa and Texas before joining the newly established 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion in early 1945. The battalion was the only unit of black women in the WACs to serve overseas in World War II and was led by Charity Adams, one of the first black female commissioned officers in the war.

Frank Finlay * The British actor who was Academy Award-nominated for his work alongside Laurence Olivier in "Othello" has died at age 89.

Mr. Finlay's family said he died of heart failure Saturday (Jan. 30, 2016) at his home in Weybridge, southern England. …

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