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Donald M. Typer '27

Donald M. Typer '27, former president of Doane College and a Cornell life trustee, died Dec. 12, 2003, in Grinnell, Iowa. He was 99.

He was president of Doane College in Crete, Neb., from 1954 to 1966, and then became president of the Mississippi Valley College Association, a consortium of nine Midwest colleges, from 1966-1969.

He received honorary degrees from Cornell in 1951 and from Doane in 1973, and a Garst Memorial Award in 1995 from the United Nations Association, which he served as president of the Iowa division. He was a Cornell trustee from 1978 to 1991 before becoming a life trustee.

Work, community service, and leisure provided him opportunities to travel, taking him to 61 countries, six continents, and around the world twice. He was an education consultant under Gen. Douglas MacArthur in post-World War II Japan and served as part of the armed services YMCA before, during, and after the war.

He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Typer West '58, three grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. His wife, Esther Cory Typer '27, and son, Roger Typer '62, preceded him in death.


Robin E. Larson '40

Robin E. Larson '40, distinguished Navy aviator and Pearl Harbor survivor, died June 25, 2003, in Virginia Beach, Va. He was 84.

He served as a naval aviator in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During his notable career he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (two stars), the American Defense Medal (one star), the Asiatic Pacific (three stars) and Legion of Merit decorations.

Nicknamed "Magellan" after the great 16th-century navigator, Larson was among the navigators who flew during the attack on Pearl Harbor and saw action during the Battle of Midway, the Solomon Islands, and Iwo Jima. He retired a captain in 1972.

He is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Patricia Anne Rice Larson '43, preceded him in death.


Don Weiss '49

Don Weiss '49, the "father of the Super Bowl," died Sept. 14, 2003, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He was 77.

After completing a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri, Weiss spent 14 years as a sports writer for the Associated Press before becoming the United States Golf Association's public relations manager. He joined the National Football League as director of information in 1965, became director of public relations in 1968, and was appointed the NFL's executive director in 1977.

Weiss, as head of game day operations for the first 35 Super Bowls, is credited with making the game a true extravaganza. Called the "father of the Super Bowl" and the "operational architect of the Super Bowl," he was a member of celebrated commissioner Pete Rozelle's inner circle and helped to form the NFL into what it is today.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene, three daughters, and six grandsons.

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