Archie Brown, a labor leader who won a 1965 Supreme Court decision affirming the right of Communists to hold union office, died of cancer Friday at his San Francisco home. He was 79. As an officer in the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union Local 10, Mr. Brown became nationally known as a target of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1960. He was prosecuted by the government for his Communist beliefs and the case ended with his Supreme Court victory.
A. W. Perigard, president of Contel ASC, a satellite and data communications unit of the Contel Corp. in Rockville, died last Wednesday at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington of heart failure. He was 52.
Ludwig von Moos, a former president of Switzerland and former justice minister, died at age 80 yesterday in Bern, Switzerland. Mr. von Moos, a Christian Democrat, served on the seven-member Federal Executive, the Swiss Cabinet, from 1959 to 1971. The presidency rotates annually among the Cabinet members, and Mr. von Moos held the office in 1964 and 1969.