The Dallas Journal, Volume 54, 2008 Page: 96
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Obituaries of Dallas Natives in Los Angeles Newspapers
Los Angeles Times, 15 September 2002
Phyllis Foes, 76, died Sunday, September 8,
2002 at Glendale Memorial Hospital in
Glendale, California. A homemaker,
volunteer, beloved mother, grandmother and
friend, she died of complications from
Mrs. Foes was born outside Dallas, Texas
but had lived the past 55 years in the
Glendale area. As a mother of four, she
worked briefly for the Glendale Unified
School District and for several years
volunteered for the Verdugo Hills Hospital.
She assisted in her husband's later career as
his bookkeeper and investment manager.
She enjoyed visiting her vacation home in
the mountains of Big Bear Lake, California
with her husband, children and friends. She
was also fond of bridge and was active in
many related clubs and groups.
She was predeceased by her husband of 49
years, Richard Paul Foes. A native of
Glendale, Richard was a freelance
commercial artist well known for his work
with Walt Disney Studios, Channel 7/KABC
Television, and lithographs from art done
for his own enjoyment. Mr. Foes died in
Mrs. Foes is survived by her four children
Juliane Swanson Foes of Studio City,
California, Paula Jean Foes of Brentwood,
California, Victoria Lynn Lange of
Greenwich, Connecticut and Randall Alan
Foes of Sun Valley, Idaho. She is also
survived by two sisters, two brothers, and
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to
the American Diabetes Association.
Orange County Register, 22 November 2002
The founder of KOCE left a legacy
William Furniss wanted his TV station to entertain, but first it had to inform.
By Robin Hinch
The Orange County Register
When William "Bill" Furniss became the
founding president and general manager of
Orange County's only public television
station, KOCE, in 1970, he didn't have to
think twice about his mission.
Commercial television had too many soap
operas, too many game shows and too many
sitcoms. "There is better use of television
than sitting there like an eggplant watching
someone blow someone else away," he said.
His programming philosophy was
information, enlightenment and
entertainment. "I want entertainment last,"
Furniss, who retired in 1996, died of lupus at
age 66 on Nov. 19, a day shy of the 30th
anniversary of the station's first program.
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