Sayed Tawfik, 54, Egypt's chief archeologist and chairman...

Deaths elsewhere

December 23, 1990

Sayed Tawfik, 54, Egypt's chief archeologist and chairman of antiquities, has died of a heart attack in Sakkara,south of Cairo. Mr. Tawfik, a former dean of archaeology and professor of Egyptology at Cairo University, was the author of a half-dozen books on Egyptian antiquities. As chairman of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization, he was in charge of all restoration and conservation work on Egypt's vast legacy of pyramids, tombs, temples and other relics threatened by time, pollution and the demands of an exploding population. Among Egyptologists he is remembered most as an excavator, especially for his work on a windblown bluff overlooking the ancient royal burial grounds of Sakkara. In 1985 he uncovered an unknown burial ground from the time of Pharaoh Ramses II, tombs hidden 33 feet below the desolate hillside that yielded a rich store of data about some of the most important officials of the Egypt of 3,250 years ago.

James H. Stallings, 98, a retired government soil scientist who helped develop "no-tillage" farming, died of pneumonia Wednesday in a Bethesda nursing home. Mr. Stallings, trained at Texas A&M University and Iowa State University, served with the Soil Conservation Service, part of the Agriculture Department, from 1934 until his retirement in 1962. No-tillage farming, recommended by the service since the 1970s, is now used by a quarter of the farms in the United States. In this method, the farmer leaves the crop residue on the land, controlling weeds with herbicides, and plants the next crop through it. The residue protects the land against erosion by wind and rain.

Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, 80, creator of Lockheed Corp.'s secret Skunk Works aircraft factory and a leading designer of the U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spyplanes, died Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. after an illness. Mr. Johnson organized the Skunk Works in 1943 to build the XP-80 Shooting Star, the United States' first production jet fighter. Many aircraft and spacecraft bore his mark: the P-38 Lightning in World War II, the Constellation transports, the Hercules cargo planes, the P2V anti-submarine patrol aircraft and the Agena spacecraft, among others.

Sonya Selby-Wright, 54, a special projects producer who also supervised cooking segments on ABC's "Good Morning America," died Wednesday in New York of complications from surgery. Selby-Wright began her television career in Philadelphia when she went to work on the staff of the syndicated "The Mike Douglas Show" in 1966. She went to work for the ABC morning show 10 years later.

Bernard "Bunky" Addison, 87, a pioneer of jazz guitar who played with the greats of his generation, died Tuesday in Rockville, N.Y. Addison was a fixture in the rhythm sections of big bands fronted by Claude Hopkins, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Stuff Smith and Mezz Mezzrow. He was also known as the first to push jazz guitar forward from the confines of the rhythm section.

Karl Rolvaag, 78, a former Minnesota governor who was elected 28 years ago by the narrowest margin in state history, died yesterday in Northfield, Minn. He had been seriously ill the last month with a heart condition and died in his sleep at home. TC member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, he was governor from 1963 to 1967 after getting elected by 91 votes in 1962.

Gwen Harold Terasaki, 84, whose book "Bridge to the Sun" became a best seller and a 1961 movie, died Saturday in Casper, Wyo., after a brief illness. Mrs. Terasaki, a native of Johnson City, Tenn., married Japanese diplomat Hidenari Terasaki in 1931. They spent World War II in Japan, and "Bridge to the Sun," published in 1957, detailed the family's experiences during that period.

James L. Sturm, 50, an authority on stained glass and a professor of history at the College of Staten Island, died of AIDS Saturday at Beth Israel Medical Center. Mr. Sturm wrote "Stained Glass from Medieval Times to the Present: Treasures to Be Seen in New York," published in 1982.

Karl O. Wyler, 84 a broadcast pioneer who began singing on radio as a teen-ager and went on to own radio and television stations in El Paso, has died Thursday night in El Paso, Tex., apparently from a heart attack. Wyler became involved in broadcasting in 1921, when he conducted his four-piece orchestra, The Merrymakers, over ham radio airwaves. Laterhe owned radio and television stations KTSM. In 1977 he was named Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.

Edward P. Hutchinson, 84, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, died Sunday of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Robert Spitzer, 63, the owner of Treadwell Corp., a construction and engineering company with headquarters in Moonachie, N.J., died Monday at St. Clare's Hospital in Manhattan. He designed and developed oxygen-generating equipment for use aboard nuclear submarines.

Samuel J. Moss, 54, a venture-capital specialist in the field of new technologies, died of leukemia Dec. 8 in Tiburon, Calif. Mr. Moss was a general partner in Wolfensohn Partners, which co-manages a venture-capital fund.

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