Clara Beyer, 98,An influential New Deal administrator who...


September 30, 1990

Clara Beyer, 98,

An influential New Deal administrator who was a confidential aide to Frances Perkins during her 12 years as secretary of labor, died Tuesday at her home in Washington. The forceful, dynamic woman became a close friend of Secretary Perkins and Eleanor Roosevelt. She is credited with bringing diverse state labor laws under a common federal umbrella. Mrs. Beyer began her career as secretary of the Minimum Wage Board for the District of Columbia after World War I.

John A. Danaher, 91,

A former U.S. senator and federal appeals court judge, died Sept. 22 of complications stemming from a broken hip in West Hartford, Conn. From 1921 to 1933, he was an assistant U.S. attorney. In 1935, he was elected Connecticut's secretary of state. He was a Republican senator for Connecticut from 1939 to 1945. After leaving office, he practiced law with his own firm in Washington before being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1954. He retired in 1983. He was prominently mentioned as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1956 and 1957 when President Eisenhower nominated William J. Brennan Jr. and Charles E. Whittaker to the court.

Cornelius P. Turner, 83,

Developer of the tests that permit non-graduates to win high school diplomas, died Wednesday in Alexandria, Va. As a Navy lieutenant from 1943 to 1945, he directed a program that developed high school diploma equivalency tests for use by members of the armed services during World War II. After the war, he held a number of positions that helped expand use of the General Educational Development tests until all U.S. states and Canadian provinces adopted them. About 700,000 people a year take the tests.

Cornelius P. Turner, 83***

Developer of the tests that permit non-graduates to win high school diplomas, died Wednesdday in Alexandria, Va.

Seymour H. Knox Jr., 92,

Head of one of Buffalo's most prominent families and longtime patron of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, died there Wednesday. He donated some 700 works to the art gallery, which is renowned for its contemporary art collection. He was a leader of other major Buffalo institutions, including Marine Midland Bank and the former University of Buffalo, now part of the state University of New York system. He was president of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy from 1938 to 1977 and was the academy's chairman from 1977 to 1984. He also was chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts from 1960 to 1975 and was a trustee of the Yale University Art Gallery.

Henry Savage Jr., 87,

A South Carolina lawyer and naturalist who was the author of seven books, died Wednesday in Columbia, S.C. He once sued the state because of inconsistent property assessments, and his 20-year legal battle resulted in standardized tax laws. He founded two local banks and helped found the South Carolina Forestry Association. Among his books were "River of the Carolinas: The Santee" and "Lost Heritage, Wilderness America as Seen Through the Eyes of Seven Pre-Audubon Naturalists."

Peter J. Ottley, 82,

A former elevator operator who for 37 years was president of New York's Local 144 of the Hotels, Hospitals, Nursing Home and Allied Services Union, representing tens of thousands of workers, died Wednesday in New York. When he joined the local, it was primarily a hotel union with a predominantly white membership. Over the years its membership changed to a majority of black members and expanded to represent nursing home and hospital workers, as well as licensed practical and registered nurses. In 1973, he was one of two union officers indicted by a federal grand jury and accused of embezzling more than $186,000 in union funds. His conviction was overturned by an appeals court on the grounds that an improper charge to the jury had been made.

Peter M. Riccio, 92,

A professor of Italian who taught at Columbia University for 45 years and was a director emeritus of the university's Casa Italiana, died Friday in Venice, Fla. One of five children born in East Harlem to immigrants from Naples who had met and married in New York, he went to work as a shoeshine boy and a lamplighter to help his father, a butcher, support a family of seven, and worked his way through Columbia. He was decorated by Italy for his contributions to Italian studies in the United States.

Frank P. Sheridan, 88,

An antiques and imported furniture buyer for Lord & Taylor in New York for more than 30 years, died there Wednesday. He was the originator of the store's "Now & Then" shop, which he stocked with antiques and bibelots. When he was on what he called a "wood hunt," which usually lasted about 90 days, he went to large cities and tiny villages to select the most unusual tables, chests, and chairs he could find.

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