Obituaries in the news

Ken Going

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Ken Going, a former fullback with New Zealand's national rugby team, the All Blacks, and a member of one of the country's most famous rugby families, has died. He was 66.

Going died Wednesday of cancer, the New Zealand Press Association reported. His family confirmed his death.

Going, with siblings Sid and Brian, was one of a trio of brothers who represented New Zealand's Northland province, the New Zealand Maoris and the All Blacks through the 1960s and 1970s.

Sid, who played 29 tests at halfback, was the most famous of the brothers, but Ken earned belated selection in 1974 and played three matches, though no tests, on New Zealand's tour to Ireland that year.

He played 130 matches for his province and 24 for New Zealand Maori.


William M. Goldstein

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - William M. Goldstein, a prominent tax lawyer who argued an appeal of the definition of income in 1990 that is cited in textbooks, has died. He was 72.

Goldstein died Wednesday after a yearlong battle with cancer, according to Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, the Philadelphia law firm where he was a partner for 26 years.

The 1990 case, Zarin v. Commissioner, involved the now deceased Atlantic City, N.J., developer David Zarin, who settled a $3.44 million debt with Resorts International Casino for $500,000 in 1981.

After the Internal Revenue Service ruled that the $2.94 million in forgiven debt should be taxed as income, Goldstein successfully appealed to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the debt was not enforceable because the casino had illegally extended credit to Zarin, who later joined Gamblers Anonymous.

Goldstein was deputy assistant secretary of the treasury for tax policy under President Ford and worked to determine the Treasury's position on tax and economic issues. He helped form the Tax Reform Act of 1976 and served as head of the U.S. delegation that worked out tax treaties with the Philippines and Brazil.


Robert Hazard

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Robert Hazard, a songwriter and musician from Philadelphia who wrote the 1983 Cyndi Lauper hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," has died. He was 59.

Hazard died Tuesday after a brief illness, his record label, Rykodisc, said in a statement. His wife, Susan, told The Philadelphia Inquirer her husband died unexpectedly after surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Hazard, born Robert Rimato, led the band Robert Hazard and the Heroes, a fixture in Philadelphia clubs through the mid-1980s. In an online posting a few years ago, he recalled how he got his big break when music journalist Kurt Loder, who was in town to review a concert, happened to stop into a bar where he was performing.

That led to a 1981 article about his band in Rolling Stone, and his song "Escalator of Life" became a hit soon after.

Recently, he played country music with a band called The Hombres. His latest album, "Troubadour," was released in October.

In recent years, Hazard and his wife ran an antiques shop near their home in Old Forge, N.Y.


Karl Kuehl

PHOENIX (AP) - Karl Kuehl, a baseball scout, coach, author and player development specialist known for his contributions to the Oakland Athletics teams that won three pennants, has died. He was 70.

Kuehl died Wednesday of pulmonary fibrosis in a Scottsdale hospital, son John said. He had been active until recent weeks, when he was hospitalized.

Kuehl was the manager of the Montreal Expos in 1976, going 43-85 before being fired with two months left in the season.

He went on to serve six seasons as a base coach for the Minnesota Twins, then spent 12 years as head of player development and later assistant to the general manager for the A's.

Players that came out of the A's farm system in those years included Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Walt Weiss, Terry Steinbach, Scott Brosius, Mike Bordick, Miguel Tejada and Mike Gallego.

In 2006, he was awarded baseball's Roland Hemond Award for long-term contributions to scouting and player development. He also co-wrote the book "Mental Toughness: Baseball's Winning Edge."