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D4 THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR . SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1993 OLiituarie Roy L. Hurley served in WWII, played basketball professionally Roy L, Hurley, 71, Indianapolis, who played In the professional basketball leagues that merged to become the National Basketball Association, died Thursday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday In Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, with calling from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. In the mid-1940s, Mr. Hurley played on the professional Indianapolis Kaut-skys of the National Basketball League. He was playing for the Toronto Huskies of the Basketball Association of America when the leagues merged In 1946. Toronto was one of the teams In the new NBA. Mr. Hurley played In the league's first game, against the New York Knlcks, and in a total of 46 games during the inaugural season, according to the NBA record book. A graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, where he was a leading scorer, Mr. Hurley served In the Navy during World War II and played on a Dr. Patterson was Services for Dr. Samuel S Patterson, 76, Indianapolis, a dentist and professor emeritus of Indiana University, will be at noon Sunday in Aaron- Ruben-Nelson Meridian Hills , Mortuary. He died Friday. Dr. Patterson was Indiana's first endodontist, a dentist who performs root-canals and Is specially trained to treat the nerves and pulp Dr. Patterson In the teeth. He was In private practice 53 years. He also was a consultant for the VA Hospital and served on the medical staff of Indiana University Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital. At the IU School of Dentistry, he J "II. IM II -Mm 7s! Harold J. McCormick was author Graveside services for Harold J. McCormick, 79. Hilton Head Island, S.C.. formerly of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, an advertising executive and author, will be at 1 p.m. Monday in I The Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. He died Wednesday. Mr. McCormick retired from advertising In 1978. A veteran of World War II, he had served in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant commander. While he served on the USS William Gaston during World War II, the ship ; was sunk by German U-boat 861 commanded by Jurgen Oesten. After the war, Mr. McCormick sought out Com- Forrest Albertson built, designed grain elevators Services for Forrest M. Albertson, 80, Terre Haute, formerly of Indianapolis and Hendricks County, will be at 2 p.m. today in Blttles & Hurt Funeral Home, Greencastle, with calling from noon. He died Thursday. Mr. Albertson owned Albertson & Associates, Indianapolis, which designed and built grain elevators. He retired In 1982. ; He and his wife, Lois Gregson Al-berson, who survives, co-owned Floral Designs Florist, StilesviUe. Mr. Albertson was an Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a member of Amo (Ind.) ; United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Other survivors: daughters, Nadra A. Chatter)! and Lisa 0. Albertson: sister, Edna Fields; a grandson. MABEL HAZEL AMNIONS, 81. Indianapolis, died Wednesday. Services will be at 8 p.m. Sunday in Mount Zlon Baptist Church, of which she was . superintendent of the Sunday school. Calling will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. In Craig Funeral Home, and from 6 p.m. in the church. Mrs. Am-' mons was a reading Instructor 30 ' years at Crlspus Attucks High School, retiring in 1982. She also was a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Memorial contributions may ' be made to the Rev. R.T. Andrews ' Scholarship Commission of the church. She was the widow of Lldell , H. Ammons. Survivors: niece, Geral-dine R. Hawkins; nephew, George E. Hawkins. FRANCES P. CAIN BENNETT, 60. Indianapolis, died Thursday. Grave- side services will be at 10 a.m. Monday In Greenwood Cemetery. Calling will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday i in G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home. She had been a sales assistant and secretary 23 years for , Bennett Associates, retiring in 1993. Previously, she worked eight years for Indianapolis Belting & Supply. She was a member of Bethany Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation. Survivors: husband, Dick Bennett; sons, Edward A. and William A. Bennett; sisters. Betty Reynolds and Judy Bryant. C rtmo fr n !ripn'alir When You Want Something Special I CEMETARY MARKERS J and MONUMENTS ASKKLY 4707E.Washing.on Navy basketball team. He returned to Indianapolis In 1945 and enrolled at Indiana University but was recruited for the Indianapolis professional team by Its owner, Frank Kautsky, a Southslde grocer. Mr. Hurley was an Investment broker with Unified Funds Inc. from 1950-70. He later was a marketing representative for the Indiana Pacers and most recently was assistant to the president of the Indianapolis Ice. He was nominated recently for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a member of East 91st Street Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Survivors: wife, Thelma Sears Hurley; daughters, Rita Smith and Kelll Hurley; stepdaughters, Kathryn Rowe and Kay Brlncefleld; stepson, James Thorpe; sister, Jean Evans; brother, Marvin "Doc" Hurley; two grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. honored dentist was a professor emeritus seven years and chairman of the department of endodontics for 13 years. Dr. Patterson had been president of the American Association of Endodon-tlsts and the Indianapolis District Dental Society. He also Invented lU's teeth-bleaching Instrument. He received the Edgar D. Coolldge Award for leadership and dedication to endodontics; the Maynard K. Hine Award for distinguished contributions to the dental profession; the Indianapolis Dental Society's Dentist of the Year: the International Certificate of Merit from the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity; and the Dlp-lomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of Congregation Beth-El Ze-deck. Survivors: wife, Eunice Brenner Patterson; sons, Drs. Alan B. and Steven M. Patterson; a granddaughter. mander Oesten, and the two developed a friendship. Mr. McCormick dedicated his book, Two Years Behind the Mast: An American Landlubber at Sea In World War II, to Oesten. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Lowcountry, 20 Palmetto Parkway, Suite 104, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29926. He was the widower of Helen McCormick. Survivors: daughters, Sally Adele Groetzlnger and the Rev. Carol M. Flett: brother, Clifford McCormick; five grandchildren. The Island Funeral Home, Hilton Head Island, is handling arrangements. Services set for sisters who died in house fire Services for Casaundra Gregory, 2, and Nikita Gregory. 3, daughters of John and Candy Hardcastle Gregory, Indianapolis, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Flanner and Buchanan Farley Morris Street Mortuary. Calling will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. They died Wednesday In a fire at their home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. Other survivors: sister, Nicole Hardcastle; brother, Thomas Harper; grandparents, James William and Oma Hardcastle, John D. Gregory and Starlene Russell. MARTHA A. PANAGIOTAROS CARNEGIS, 89, Indianapolis, died Thursday. Services will be at noon Monday In Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, of which she was a member. Calling will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday in Flanner & Buchanan Broad Ripple Mortuary, and from 11 a.m. Monday in the church. Memorial con- . tributlons may be made to the church or American Heart Association. She was the widow of Angel N. Carnegis. Survivors: daughter, Theodora Carnegis: sons, George and Isidores Carnegis: four grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren. ' AUGUSTA S. RHODES COSBY, 84. Lathrup Village, Mich., formerly of Indianapolis, died Wednesday. Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. In First Baptist Church-North Indianapolis, with calling from 11 a.m. She had worked for RCA Records, retiring in 1971. Mrs. Cosby was a member of the church. She was the widow of Maxwell Cosby. Survivors: granddaughter, Andrea McClure: grandson, Douglas Elizalde: 10 great-grandchildren: two great-great-grandchildren. Summers Northeast Funeral Chapel Is handling arrangements. DANA LEE BARTLETT DAVIS, 66, Indianapolis, died Thursday. Services will be today at 1 p.m. in Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, with calling from 11 a.m. Mrs. Davis had been a self-employed day care provider for 25 years. She was the widow of Richard Reyman Davis. Survivors: daughters, Nancy Peterson. Julie Fishburn and Linda Dodd: son, Richard Reyman Davis Jr.: sister, Nancy Washburne; eight grandchildren. CORRECTION ABNER HUGH HUTCHISON Sr. The name of his son, Derlc A. Hutchison, was Incorrect In the obituary Friday. INDEX OF METRO-AREA MARION COUNTY Mabel Hazel Ammons Frances P. Bennett Richard A. Berkey Martha A. Carnegis Dana Lee Bartlett Davis Dr. Robert H. Derry Dewey Eversole Casaundra Gregory Nikita Gregory Roy L. Hurley Aleatha G. Lambert Marsh Sue Mae C. Overstreet Dr. Samuel S Patterson Carolyn Ann Powers Ruby 0. Osborn Slefker Wilma S. Singer Bernice Meyers Smith Millie A. Roberts Stamps Susan Pierce Woehler HAMILTON COUNTY James Lamb Richard Berkey taught school for 16 years Richard A. Berkey, 38, Indianapolis, an elementary school teacher, died Friday. Services will be Sunday at 7:30 p.m. In Crown Hill Funeral Home, with calling from 3 p.m. Mr. Berkey taught 16 years at Alll-sonvllle Elementary School. He was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church. Survivors: mother and stepfather, Dorothy V. and Tom A. Farrer; sister, Tamry S. Fuchs; brother, Charles F. Berkey; grandmother, . Lillian Mum-mey; companion, Thorn M. Bauer. DEWEY EVERSOLE, 50. Indianapolis, died Friday. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday In G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, with calling from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. He was a truck driver 15 years for Control Temperature Transit. Previously, he was a construction worker 13 years for Dennis Rice Construction. Survivors: wife, Debbie McClellan Eversole; sons, Vance Edward, Donald DeLand and Derk Michael Eversole; mother, Verney Rice Eversole: sister, Wanda Jean White; brothers, Donald, Farris Noel and Mack James Eversole; two grandchildren. JAMES LAMB, 73, Zlonsvllle, died Thursday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday In Flanner & Buchanan ZlonsviUe Mortuary, with calling from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. He had worked 20 years for Stokely-Van Camp Inc., retiring in 1983. Previously, he was an inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mr. Lamb was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of MorrlsvlUe (N.Y.) College. Memorial contributions may be made to Youth for Understanding In care of the Scottish Society of Indianapolis, of which he had served as trustee. Survivors: wife, Sarah E. White Lamb; daughters, Eileen Elizabeth Lamb, Sally Ann Weber, Janet L. Nowak and Joyce D. Lamb Cavan; son, David James Lamb; eight grandchildren. ALEATHA G. LAMBERT MARSH, 83. Indianapolis, died Thursday. There will be no services or calling. She had been an office worker 20 years for Ball Band Co., retiring In the early 1970s. She was the widow of Arnold Blaine Marsh. Survivors: daughter, Blllle Jean Hurt; son, Blaine E. Marsh; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Shirley Brothers New Thompson Road Gary R. Grose Chapel Is handling arrangements. SUE MAE CAMPBELL OVERSTREET, 89, Indianapolis, died Wednesday. Ser' vices will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Greater Ellm Missionary Baptist Church, with calling an hour beforehand. Calling also will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday In Stuart Mortuary Chapel. She had worked 12 years as a ticket cashier for the Walker Theater and as a manager for the Lido Theater, retiring In 1959. Mrs. Overstreet was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she was president of the nurse's aide organization. She was the widow of Jesse Overstreet. Survivors: three granddaughters: six greatgrandchildren: 13 great-great-grandchildren. FRANK W. PEAK, 70, Evansville, formerly of Greenwood, died Friday. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday In Pierre Funeral Home, Evansville, with calling from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. He had been an electrical engineer 37 years for General Electric Co., Evansville, retiring in 1987. He was a veteran of World War II, serving In the Army Corps of Engineers. He graduated from Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1943. Survivors: wife. Eleanor Sturgell Peak; daughter, Manetta Braunsteln; sons, Steven C. and Dr. Dallas E. Peak; sisters, Mildred Berry, Helen Abell and Betty Brown; two grandchildren. CAROLYN ANN BARNES POWERS, 51, Indianapolis, died Thursday. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Stuart Mortuary, with calling from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. She had been a teacher's aide for Indianapolis Public Schools. She was a member of Freedom Temple Church of God In Christ. Survivors: husband, George B. Powers: daughters. Carta and Kimberly Powers: sons, Rodney and Tyrone Powers: stepdaughter, Shawanda Powers: stepson, Mark Powers: parents, Gale Henry Barnes Sr. and Annora Anthony Barnes; sisters, Dale M. Barnes and Florence Cousins; brothers, James Anderson and Steven, Ronald and Gale Barnes Jr.; 11 grandchildren. RUBY 0. OSBORN SIEFKER, 71, Speedway, died Friday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel, with calling from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. She had been a beautician 15 years for Ted's Beauty Shop, retiring in 1954. Mrs. Slefker was a member of Speedway Christian Church, to which memorial contributions may be made. She was the widow of Amo G. Siefker. Survivors: daughter, Sue Ellen LeR-oux: son, Thomas Amo Slefker; sister. Rose Caudell; brothers, Siegel, Leo, Orval "Bud" and Tom Osborn Siefker; four grandchildren. BERNICE MEYERS SMITH, 81. Indianapolis, died Thursday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel, with calling from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. She was the widow of Leo Smith. Survivors: son, Michael L. Smith; sister. Marie Bowman. OBITUARIES JOHNSON COUNTY Gertrude V. Taber Devin Craig Webb Roy "Dick Whitcomb FORMER RESIDENTS Forrest M. Albertson Augusta S. Cosby Harold J. McCormick Frank W. Peak George Donald Thompson Dr. Robert Derry was IU professor in dentistry school Services for Dr. Robert H. Derry, 80, Indianapolis, professor emeritus of prosthodontlcs at Indiana University School of Dentistry, will be Monday at 4 p.m. in First Baptist Church, with calling from 3 p.m. He died Thursday. Dr. Derry joined the dental school faculty In 1943. He was named the first director of dental rnnflnnfnrf pHm. cation In 1968. Dr. Deny and chairman of the denture department in 1973. He held those posts until his retirement in 1984. He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash honor by then-Gov. Otis R. Bowen. He also received the Indiana Public Health Association's Presi dent's Recognition Award; the Alpha Omega Award for Excellence In continuing education; the Faithful Service Award from the Indianapolis District Dental Society; and a certificate of appreciation from the IU School of Dentistry Alumni Association. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia. He was finance committee chairman for the Marlon County Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis. Memorial contributions may be made to the memorial fund of the church, of which he was a member. Survivors: wife, Elizabeth Bedding-field Patterson; daughters, Linda Kolb and Betsy Jeatran; sister, Hazel Impel-lltteri; two grandchildren. Leppert & Hurt Mortuary Is handling arrangements. WILMA S. BURGMEIER SINGER, 66. Indianapolis, died Thursday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday In Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Calling will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday In Harry W. Moore Peace Chapel at Woodruff Place. She had been a group leader four years for RCA Corp. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Community Hospital Hospice Program. Survivors: husband, Albert C. Singer; daughter, Renda L. Hayes; sons, Rickl A. and Ryan E. Singer; brothers, Lester and Lawrence Burgmeler; sisters, Alma Hill, Fabian McCammon, Veronica Hardin and Frieda Burgmeler; seven grandchildren. MILLIE A. ROBERTS STAMPS, 70. Indianapolis, died Tuesday. Services will be at 11 a.m. today In True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, of which she was a member. She had been a cook for Forest Manor Middle School. She was the widow of George Stamps. Survivors: son, Anthony Jackson; daughters, Cynthia and Cindy Jackson. Barbara Clanton, Ruth Lewis. 01-lie Maria Robertson, Georgetta Smith and Sue Carol Henderson: brother, James Roberts; sister, Georgia Morris; 31 grandchildren: 30 great-grandchildren. GERTRUDE V. GREENWOOD TABER, 94, Franklin, died Thursday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Flanner & Buchanan Farley Mann Road Mortuary, with calling from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Tabor had been a Republican precinct vice committee-woman 40 years In Decatur Township. She was the widow of John Taber. Survivors: daughter, Zella Mae Gregory; son, Richard P. Taber; sister, Hazel Springer; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren. GEORGE DONALD THOMPSON, 57, Modesto, Calif., formerly of Greenwood, died Thursday. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday In Greenwood Cemetery. There will be no calling. He had worked 22 years for Tibon Plating Co., Long Beach, Calif., retiring as a plater In 1991. Survivors: wife, Tufou Asifos Thompson; son, Tony Thompson; sisters. Irene Johnson, Alberta Smith, Rosalene Thompson, Audrey Hicks, Norma Capps and Libby Honeycutt: brothers, Kenneth J., Robert E.. Chet, Raymond H., Erble L., David H., Danny R Glenn E., W. Jack and Mark B. Thompson: a grandchild. Wilson-St. Pierre Greenwood Chapel is handling arrangements. . DEVIN CRAIG WEBB, 26, Edinburgh, died Wednesday. Services will be at 10 a.m. today In Fllnn and Magulre Funeral Home, Franklin. He worked three years for Roberts Asphalt. Edinburgh. Previously, he worked three years for Mayflower Transit Inc.. ZlonsviUe. Mr. Webb was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Greenwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the athletic department of Franklin Community High School, of which he was a 1985 graduate. Survivors: parents, Terry and Jeannie Williams Webb: sister, Alicia Webb: brother, Darin Webb; grandparents, Herb and Theora Webb and Annie Williams; fiancee, Tamara Hornback. ROY RICHARD "DICK" WHITCOMB, 72, Bargersvilie, died Friday. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Van-divler-Tudor Bargersvilie Chapel, with calling from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. He had been a truck driver 30 years for Walt's Terminal, Indianapolis, retiring In 1977. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors: wife, Jacqueline Briggs Whitcomb; daughters, Donna Dick, Barbara Mcintosh and Ginger Cubel; son, Lex Whitcomb; 15 grandchildren. ! HO. .....WWU.f I111 1. '., SUSAN PIERCE WOEHLER, 72, Indianapolis, died Sunday. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel, with calling from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. She had worked several years for Indiana Medical History Museum. Mrs. Woehler was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was a member of the Pocahontas Council of the Redman Lodge and was named Pocahontas Woman of the Year In 1992. She was the widow of John "Jack" Woehler. Survivors: son, Walt Cappel: a granddaughter. Lawmakers' pasts bring immediacy to health debate By Mary Otto KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWSPAPERS Washington They pause In the echoing marble labyrinths of the Capitol, or find a quiet place to sit. Any one of them seems to be able to describe a deathbed vigil, a near-death experience, a family in the grips of terrible Illness. As they begin to overhaul the nation's health care system, members of Congress ponder their own encounters with mortality. "We all have experiences," said Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., "families, children, spouses, uncles, aunties, grandparents." He's thinking now in particular of his father, an iron miner who refused treatment for his liver cancer and went home to die in his own bed. And his wife, Jo. There was surgery, chemotherapy for her breast cancer. Eight years of remissions, recurrences, barrages of drugs. A flood of insurance forms and, in the final months, expenses that outstripped insurance by thousands of dollars. He was with her when she died, in a hospital here in Washington. "I stayed all night, holding her hand, reading to her from Scriptures ... the songs, the wisdom books. The letters of Paul." Issue a personal one Unlike the budget deficit, aerospace research and countless other issues faced by Congress, health care reform Is a topic that lawmakers approach with Intensely personal experience. These hard-won Insights will affect the decisions they make about everything from how often women can be covered for mammograms, to whether mental health services will be provided, to how poor communities are served. "I was the one from the broken home," said Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, D-Colo., standing out on the back steps of the Capitol in the cool of the late afternoon. For years, his mother was hospitalized with tuberculosis. His father battled alcoholism. Meanwhile, he and his sister grew up in different orphanages. "For me, health care became the fulcrum for a down-and-out, tough life." He survived despite neglect and sometimes bizarre derivatives of Native American home remedies. "A mixture of kerosene and sugar poured in your ear for earaches. It burned! Poultices out of mud and moss to reduce the heat of infections." He has scars on his big hands where warts were burned off with gunpowder. "I can look back and laugh at those goofy things," he adds, "(but) I know what a family had to go through without health care. Had none!" Human frailty can blur the usual party lines. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., whose family has been rocked by serious mental illness, has been a leading spokesman for mental health care. He finds himself a conservative in the camp of Tipper Gore, the vice president's wife and a leading proponent of parity for mental health coverage. Political lines crossed Sen. Connie Mack, the staunch Florida Republican, is a cancer survivor. Cancer killed his brother and threatened his daughter. And one day he arrived home and heard his wife, Priscilla, say, "Honey, you need to have a seat. ... I discovered a lump in my breast." She lived. And Mack has become a standard-bearer for breast and cervical cancer awareness. On at least this one thing he agrees with liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who heads off to fight for highway repair money for her state wearing a pink ribbon on her breast to show she's had her mammogram. "I can't tell you how many women friends I've lost to breast cancer," she says. "I know three women diagnosed In the last few months." When Rep. Tim Holden, D-Pa., talks about the importance of visiting nurses, he talks about his father's stroke. And Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., talks about her father's experiences with Alzheimer's disease when she pushes for home-based care. . Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, speaks of how his father's cancer devoured his parents' fe savings INDIANA DEATHS Deaths reported from outside the Indianapolis area Anderson J.W. "Bill" Anderson, 77, husband of Bertha Speedy Anderson; Lillian Under Burton, 69, wife of Raymond R. Burton. Bedford Sophia E. Eberle Grona, 93. Brazil Carl F. Kumpf, 82, husband of Thelma J. Chamberlain Kumpf. Osgood James 0. Monroe, 74, husband of Velma Pratt Monroe. Wingate Connie S. Tole Lewellen Underwood, 53. Tw File Photo HE'S BEEN THERE: Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell grew up without health care. and wonders if health care reform could ease such burdens. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., lost his father last summer. "When we went through his papers, we found a letter he'd written 50 years ago. He could not get a doctor to care for my mother because he didn't have the money." To Waxman, It was one more reminder that health care "should not be a privilege but a right." "They almost lost me" Virgin Islands Democrat Rep. Ron de Lugo agrees. He was lying in a hospital three years ago with pneumonia when his lung collapsed. "The doctor told me they almost lost me," he says quietly. "It tends to make you think about health care about how you are not immortal, as we thought when we were young. I had access to medical care. There are so many who don't." Then there Is Rep, Carrie Meek, D-Fla the granddaughter of a slave, the daughter of sharecroppers. Every month her mother faithfully kept up little Insurance policies for all her 12 children $2, $5, $10 a month. "When she died there was Just $200 (in benefits). . . . The sick and accident insurance sold in black communities was an exploitation," she said. Still she admits, "I've been lucky when It comes to medical care." So have her two surviving siblings. "All I know," she said with a laugh, "is they are as old as rainwater." Meek says when it comes to health reform, perhaps the biggest boon will be reaching the poor, in places like her district, Liberty City. Then there's Arlen Specter, R-Pa., a true believer in medical technology. Specter went In for testing this summer after he started feeling vaguely odd. "I had a little choking around my collar. Light pains up the sides of my head." The doctors didn't think he had a brain tumor. But he wanted another test, a magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. He got one. "On June 11, 1 lay in an MRI. I saw the inside of my head. 1 found out there was a golf ball In there." In the three horrifying days he spent waiting for surgery, he took stock of his life. His tumor turned out to be benign, but if left to grow, experts said, it conceivably could have put enough pressure on the brain to cause serious dam-age, if not death. That was four months ago. Now he's playing squash again. "In a sense, it's a rebirth," says the senator, known for his outspoken manner. "1 have refocused a lot of my priorities." For one thing, he Is approaching health care reform with renewed conviction that high-tech medicine should be available to everyone. His MRI, for Instance, cost about $800. But he wonders, could the price be reduced If the machines were used around the clock? "How many people could get MRIs if you ran them all night? We have to extend MRIs to as many people s we can."

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