PASSINGS: Henry L. Bellmon, Greg Ladanyi, Gaylord L. Campbell, Carol Marshall

Henry Bellmon, 1921-2009
Henry Bellmon, seen in February, was known as the father of Oklahoma’s modern Republican Party.
(David McDaniel / Associated Press)

Henry Louis Bellmon

Oklahoma governor, U.S. senator

Henry Louis Bellmon, 88, who in 1963 became Oklahoma’s first GOP governor since statehood and is known as the father of the state’s modern Republican party, died Tuesday at St. Mary’s Mercy Hospital in Enid, Okla.

He had Parkinson’s disease, said Andrew Tevington, Bellmon’s former chief of staff and general counsel.

A two-term U.S. senator, Bellmon served two nonconsecutive terms as governor, one that began in 1963 and one that started in 1987.

As the state’s first GOP governor, he was credited with making the party a viable force in state politics.

In 1967, Bellmon served as national chairman of the Nixon for President campaign. Bellmon won election to the U.S. Senate in 1968 and again in 1974.

During his first term as a U.S. senator, Bellmon supported a federal court order that called for crosstown busing to achieve racial balance in Oklahoma City public schools. Many state newspapers criticized him for his stance.

At the end of his second term as governor, Bellmon saw passage of the Education Reform and Funding Act of 1990. The legislation called for an increase in funding for public schools by 27%, as well as smaller class sizes, compulsory kindergarten and teacher incentive pay.

Bellmon was born Sept. 3, 1921, on a farm near Tonkawa, Okla. He attended Oklahoma A&M College, which became Oklahoma State University, and earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1942.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946, receiving the Silver Star for action on Saipan and the Legion of Merit for action on Iwo Jima.

Greg Ladanyi

Grammy-winning rock producer

Greg Ladanyi, 57, a Grammy Award-winning producer who worked with Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Fleetwood Mac and other rock bands, died Tuesday at a hospital in the Republic of Cyprus, according to his record company, Maple Jam Music Group.

Ladanyi suffered severe head trauma Friday during an on-stage accident while on tour with singer Anna Vissi.

An engineer, mixer and producer, Ladanyi shared a Grammy in 1982 with three others for engineering Toto’s album “Toto IV.”

He received more than a dozen Grammy nominations, including as a producer on Don Henley’s record “The Boys of Summer” in 1986, and as an engineer for Los Jaguares’ album “Bajo El Azul De Tu Misterio” at the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards in 2000.

Ladanyi was a producer on three Henley albums, starting with his 1982 solo debut, “I Can’t Stand Still.”

His production credits include Fleetwood Mac’s 1990 album “Behind the Mask,” guitar virtuoso Jeff Healey’s 1988 album “See the Light,” the Church’s “Starfish” from 1988, the Cruzados’ 1987 album “After Dark” and David Lindley’s 1981 album “El Rayo-X.”

Ladanyi worked on six albums with Browne, starting as an engineer on “The Pretender” in 1976.

Born in Elkhart, Ind., in 1952, Ladanyi grew up in Los Angeles.

He worked as a doorman at Gazzari’s, a rock club on the Sunset Strip, before learning about record engineering and producing at the Sound Factory. He formed the Maple Jam record label in 2004.

Gaylord L. Campbell

U.S. marshal under Nixon

Gaylord L. Campbell, 81, a U.S. marshal who was appointed by President Nixon and then served two subpoenas on him dealing with the Watergate scandal, died Thursday at Tarzana Health and Rehabilitation Center, said his daughter, Gayle Campbell Hughes. He had colon cancer.

Campbell was Los Angeles County Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess’ most visible public information officer when he was appointed by Nixon in 1969. Campbell’s jurisdiction included Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

He briefly became part of the Watergate saga in August 1974 because the former president, then living in San Clemente, had to be served two subpoenas dealing with the case.

Campbell’s daughter said her father brought with him a photo of her with Nixon and his two daughters taken at a campaign event at the Century Plaza Hotel and asked the former president to autograph it.

Campbell was born Nov. 4, 1927, in Hollywood.

After serving in the Army, he began his law enforcement career in 1948 as a fingerprint expert with the Los Angeles Police Department.

He worked for two years as a criminal investigator for the Army during the Korean War, then joined the South Pasadena Police Department in 1952, rising to the rank of detective. He was hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1958 and was a sergeant in the public affairs department.

He retired after leaving the marshal’s office in 1974.

Carol Marshall

Attorney taught ethics awareness

Carol Marshall, 56, an attorney and corporate ethics consultant who relied on the comic strip “Dilbert” to teach ethics awareness to Lockheed Martin employees in the 1990s, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 21 at a hospice in Washington, D.C.

Marshall began her career in 1981 with Lockheed Corp., where she was one of the first female attorneys employed by the company. She became general counsel of Lockheed Shipbuilding Co. in Seattle and later held the position of deputy general counsel and corporation secretary.

After Lockheed’s merger with Martin Marietta in 1986, she became vice president of ethics and business conduct, in which she developed creative ways of instructing more than 140,000 employees about the importance of ethics in the corporate culture.

Relying on Dilbert and his comic-strip friends, she created a board game called “The Ethics Challenge,” which became the mandatory ethics awareness program for every Lockheed Martin employee. The ethics program she created and administered from a Westlake Village office received the American Business Ethics Award and was recognized by the federal government as an industry standard.

Marshall moved to MCI in 2003, where she was senior vice president of ethics and business conduct. In 2006, she formed her own company, Marshall Group, assisting companies that did business with the federal government.

She was born Carol Marianne Rud in Lakeland, Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1975 and her law degree at the University of Toledo College of Law in 1980.

-- times staff and wire reports

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