Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 25, 1974 · Page 22
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July 25, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 22

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· Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Thurs., July 25, 1974 FAYITTIVILLE, ARKANSAS Died At Arkansas-Texas Game Widow 01 Heart Attack Victim Sues For Benefits .LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The widow of a man who died of a heart attack at a Dec. 6, 1969 Arkansas-Texas football game has filed a claim against the State of Arkansas for workmen's compensation benefits in h»r husband's death. JOIiver Wendell Holmes, 62 when he died, was-a member of the state Workmen's Compensation Commission. ,'Mrs. Holmes of Little Rock contends that her husband's heavy work load and other pressures connected with his Job precipitated the heart attack. The state is resisting the claim on the ground that rio casual connection exists between Holmes' death and his Job.- ': A hearing on the claim has been held, and-a'decision in the case is expected next week. That decision, 'by John S. Choate, a Workmen's Compensation referee,. can , be appealed to the commission- 7 Mrs. Holmes' -has testified (hat her husband' suffered the heart attack early, in. the called "Bfg, Shootout" football game at Fayetteville. · Holmes was taken to · a hospital and died shortly thereafter. ATTORNEY CLAIMS ; Former Gov. Sid McMath of Little Rock, Mrs.. Holmes' at- orney, said Holmes' duties a» a commissioner had aggravated an existing condition of lypertension, precipitating the attack that caused his death. McMath called Barrel G. Mays of Little Rock, a former commissioner who served with Holmes, as a wilness. Mays testified that Mark E. kYoolsey, commission chairman at the lime of Holmes' death, was sick much of the time during 1968 and 1969 and that his and Holmes' workload cons e q u e n t l y increased. They sometimes had to take cases lome · at night and work on .hem, Mays said. He said Holmes was conscientious and worried about the caseload. Mays said there sometimes were heated arguments among the commissioners about decisions. He said Woolsey would scold Holmes and that the two men had heated arguments almost daily. May said that during 1968-69, he himself suffered from headaches and was bothered by nerves. He attributed this to his TRYING TIME Mrs. Holmes testiifed that the period around December 1968 was "a very trying time" for her husband because his term on the commission was ex piring. She said an aide to then Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller had ^ h e r husband.that he would not be reappointed- Newspaper articles were. published to that effect. In late January 1969, though, iolmes, who had served on the commission since 1948, was reappointed, however. Holme's was a quarterback on ,he Razorback football teams ol 1928, 1930 and 1931. Mrs.- Holmes testified thai ler tiusband drove the two ol hem to Fayetteville the day he died. Asked if her husband gol 'worked up" at Hazorback games, she replied, "No, he just Joved them,' but he didn' Set real, real excited at the football games. He loved them but they didn't upset him, Win or lose, it was great." She said her husband's hear attack - occurred right aftei President Nixon: arrived at the game, but that, she said, didn'' especially excite Holmes. MODERATE HYPERTENSIVE Dr. Paul W. Hoover of Littli Rock, Holmes' physician, sail Holmes had been a "moderat hypertensive" since 1955. In a letter, Hoover wrote "Although 1 did not see Mr Holmes professionally durin the last few months of his 'life I was well aware of the pres sure factors which had deve! Music Camp Concert Set For Saturday The lirst week's concert at he University of Arkansas icnior High School Summer iliisic Camp will be held Saturday instead of Friday as pre- 'iously announced, according to Prof. Robert Bright, director of ho camp. The 18th annual music camp 'or high school students began Monday and will run through Aug. 2. A concert will also be leld the final day of the 'camp Bright said. The concert Saturday will' be at 7 p.m. in the ballroom o ,he Arkansas Union. It will fea :ure a .symphony orchestra, twi oped and, without reservation, 'eel that these were certainly the aggravating, and perhaps the precipitating, factors in hit death from coronary throm bosis." Asked if there was any casu al connection between Holme driving to Fayetteville, the'ex citement of the game and hi death, Hoover said there prob ably was. McMath asked.if several fac tors, including these, and th pressures a n d anxieties con nected vyith Holmes', job ha contributed to the fatal attack "I think that's a fair state men," the doctor replied, If Mrs- Holmes wins th claim, she would be entitled-1 benefits of $49 a week until sh dies or remarries. Most deat claims are negotiated with lump-sum, settlement, 'though. 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