E. Ralph Lacey, 78, one of the Navy's top experts in preliminary submarine design, died Friday after a long illness in Lyme, Conn. From the end of World War II through the 1960s, he did design work for the Nautilus, the first atomic-powered submarine, and the innovative Albacore submarine. He also was involved in the Polaris program, and with hydrofoils and air-cushion vehicles. Mr. Lacey's entire 41-year career as a naval architect and marine engineer was spent with the Navy Department. He joined the department soon after graduating in 1935 from Webb Institute of Naval Engineering in Glen Cove, N.Y.
Ed Luttig, 54, a firefighter whose name is synonymous with self-contained breathing equipment, died Monday in Sacramento, Calif., after 23 years of semi-consciousness. He was found unconscious June 2, 1967, inside a burning apartment that he had entered to search for victims of a two-alarm fire. One woman died in the blaze. Investigators said his canister-type gas mask had failed, and its manufacturer later awarded him $1 million in a settlement. Colleagues said that the accident inspired the design of a more modern breathing apparatus. They said Mr. Luttig's name is known to firefighters throughout the country.
Jane Cary Peck, 58, a scholar of Christian social ethics at Andover Newton Theological School and an international peace activist, died Sunday of cancer in Newton, Mass. She joined the faculty of the ecumenical graduate school of theology in 1976 and was an associate professor of religion and society at the time of her death. She was a vice president of the National Council of Churches and served on its governing board for more than a decade as a representative of the United Methodist denomination. She was a leader in Witness for Peace and a founding member of the Life and Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. This past spring she was in Nicaragua to do research for a World Council of Churches study, "Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation."
Vern Buffey, 61, a former National Hockey League referee, died in Montreal Tuesday from a heart attack. He started as a referee in senior, intermediate and junior leagues in Ontario. He worked three seasons in the Western Hockey League before joining the NHL in 1959. When he retired on June 3, 1970, he had officiated at 487 regular-season games and 44 Stanley Cup playoff matches. He worked briefly as a scout for the Vancouver Canucks and later joined the World Hockey Association in 1972 as its first referee-in-chief.
James R. Eiszner, 63, chairman of the food manufacturing giant CPC International Inc. since 1987, died Tuesday of lung cancer in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. After working 11 years as a research chemist with Standard Oil Co. of Indiana, he joined Ott Chemical Co. as vice president of marketing in 1963. Ott was acquired by CPC International in 1965.
Paul Magriel, 84, an art collector and former tour guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art who had been a curator and editor, died Wednesday at his home in New York. He was librarian at the American School of Ballet and was later curator of the dance archives at the Museum of Modern Art. He was an editor of Dance Index, a magazine started in 1942 and dedicated to providing a historical and critical basis for judging dance. He was editor of many books on the subject, including "Chronicles of the American Dance," "Nijinsky," "Isadora Duncan" and "Pavlova." His collecting interests were wide-ranging and included sports in art, American still life, numismatics, watercolors, drawings and sculpture.
Philip Donham, 82, a management consultant who was the co-author of a book on the inner workings of Congress, died Monday in Boston. He became a senior consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton in 1947 and joined Arthur D. Little in 1967. He and Robert J. Fahey wrote "Congress Needs Help," published by Random House.
Thomas J. Davis, 77, a founder of the Mayfield Fund, a venture-capital investment firm on the West Coast, died Tuesday in Menlo Park, Calif. He founded the fund, which helped start more than 125 companies in high-technology fields, in 1969. Eight years earlier he and Arthur Rock had founded Davis & Rock, one of the nation's first venture-capital firms.
Leo Mirkovic, 86, an opera singer in Europe before World War II, who became a well-known cantor in New York and Washington, died as a result of traffic accident injuries Friday in Miami. He was was born and raised in Yugoslavia and sang in operas across Europe until he was seized by the Nazis and interned in a concentration camp. He later escaped and served with the Italian underground in Rome. After the war, he came to the United States. He studied at the Hebrew Union College of Sacred Music and then joined the Washington Hebrew Congregation.