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Title Montrose Voice, No. 320-A, December 9, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 9, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 003
Transcript 2 MONTROSE VOICE / DECEMBER 9, 1986 Montrose Funeral Home to Appeal Mortician's Suspension By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Southwest Funeral Directors, 1218 Welch, will continue operating as usual despite actions tajten last week by the Texas Board of Morticians. Joe Parks, Southwest's owner, and Gary Pine, a director whose license was suspended for one year hy the state board Thursday, Dec. 4, said they are filing an appeal against the board. The board probated nine months of Pines' sentence for "violating community standards," prompting a newspaper reporter to speculate that Pine would be out of job for three months. But Pine, contending the two to three-week waiting period for the letter of suspension will leave time for attorney Jerry Connor to appeal the ruling, said the story is inaccurate. "Nothing will happen to me ... at least not right now," Pine said. "While our appeal is pending ... I will still be licensed." The board's charge against Pine stemmed from a DWI the director received in April while traSnporting a body. A Houston judge suspended Pine's driver's license for one year after he pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charge. Though Pine admitted he was holding a drink when the hearse he was driving was involved in a minor accident, he insists he was not drunk. He said he pleaded guilty because he could not afford to fight the charge. He claims the police were called to the scene, not by either driver involved, but Egyptian Students Have Phobic Reaction to AIDS Case CAIRO, Egypt (UPI)—A U.S. professor at the American University was kicked out of the country after a friend died of AIDS and he was diagnosed as suffering from the deadly disease, a university spokesman said Sunday. Spokesman Louis Grace said the victims, the first confirmed cases of AIDS in Egypt, were a professor of Egyptology from the University of California and his friend. Both men, who were not identified, are American. The professor was ordered immediately to return to the United States and the body of his friend was flown home, the spokesman said. He said the professor had a medical clearance certificate when he arrived in Cairo at the beginning of the academic year as part of an exchange program with the university of California. In October, the professor invited his friend, who was in the United States, to come to Cairo and stay with him. Shortly afterwards, the professor reported his friend was ill and a blood test confirmed the man had AIDS. The University and the Ministry ordered the repatriation of the professor and his friend, who died the day after the order was signed. The professor apparently did not know his friend suffered from AIDS. A magazine report said students distributed leaflets warning others not to touch anything that might have been used by the professor. The magazine said the professor's apartment in central Cairo was sealed by red wax. by a television news crew amused that a hearse was involved in an accident. Pine and Parks also dispute a separate ruling by the state board, finding the funeral home guilty of allowing an unlicensed employee to pick up remains. Parks said that when he and Pine, who was not licensed at the time, picked of William Senn's body from a downtown Houston hotel, they were dispatched to transport the body to the Harris County Medical Examiner's office. They were not involved in mak-' ing funeral arrangments forSennatthe time. Section 1-C of the State Mortuary Laws provides an exemption from the licensed director requirement for transportation of remains to and from a morgue when arrangements are not involved Parks said they were dispatched by the Participating Funeral Homes Association, which provides a direct-contact line to the county for pick-up services. The association dispatches units from approximately 20 member homes on a rotating basis. Parks called the practice of sending out unlicensed personnel on the dispatch calls "common" and said it is in keeping with current mortuary laws. He suggested that the state board is biased against the rotating transport system, and is using Southwest Funeral Directors to set an example for all homes. "If they can stick us with this (charge), they figure they can go back and require other funeral homes to send out licensed directors on every call. Most of these funeral homes (in the association) are small, like us." Parks said the county has been using the association's dispatcher since the early 1970's. He claims the services of the funeral homes have saved the county "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in salaries and vehicle expenses. An investigator with the Medical Examiner's office said the association's dispatcher is contacted when the deceased's next of kin cannot be located, or when the next of kin has no preference of a home to make funeral arrangements. The state panel took no action against Pine or the funeral home regarding Senn's funderal arrangements. Pine, who was an apprentice at the time, made the arrangements under the authority of Alfonso Morales, a licensed director previously associated with the home, Parks said. Morales was dismissed from the home's employ in August, he said. Senn, who spent most of his life destitute and alone in the streets of Houston, got lucky during his last days when he cashed in $7000 in Veterans' Administration benefits A friend, Barbara Woodmansee, to whom the Medical Examiner released Senn's remains, used most ofthe money to provide an impressive funeral for the transient. Parks claims Senn's body stayed at the morgue two or three weeks and at the funeral home for almost a month while unsuccessful attempts were made by the home, Woodmansee, and the M.E.'s office to contact Senn's family. He said he found out later the examiners had the name and address of Senn's mother, but were unable to contact her because of a technical error in their information. Dr. Jospeh Jachimczyk, the county's chief medical examiner, said he did not know why his office was unable to contact Senn's relatives. Woodmansee paid Southwest Funderal Directors approximately $4200 for Senn's funeral expenses, and laid out an additional $2400 to purchase a crypt at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Only Parks, Pine, Woodmansee and the funeral home's secretary attended Senn's funeral. Members of Senn's family have since protested the way the funeral arrangements were handled. ATTENTION: MEMBERS OF J.O.E. J.O.B. will meet Sundays, Tuesdays Thursdays — BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY. DEC. 12 — at the Cottage Playhouse 611 Pacific Sundays horn 6pm Tuesdays from 8pm Thursdays from 8pm (All membeis mutt vrin prior It 9pm. Ooort close 919pm) & Isn't it time to find out ... What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality Discover the surprising truth and put those doubts and misconceptions to rest once and for all! Join us ... Saturday, Dec. 13 3-6 p.m. for an exciting informative seminar at ... off Studewood Kingdom Community Church 614 fast 19th Street Houston, Texas 77008
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