George H. Dunlap, the first general chairman and chie executive officer of Nationwide Insurance, died Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, at age 85. Mr. Dunlap served as a Nationwide Insurance board member from 1939 to 1975 and was board chairman of Nationwide Mutual, the flagship company in the Nationwide group, from 1941 to 1972. He was elected general chairman of Nationwide Insurance in 1969 and served until 1972, when he retired. He was president of Nationwide Corp., a financial services holding company, for five years before he became general chairman.
Samuel J. Powers Jr., 73, an Ellicott City native who was a consultant to the Nixon White House during the Watergate trials, died Friday in Miami Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. Mr. Powers along with former White House counsel Leonard Garment discovered that the celebrated "gap" in one of the Watergate tapes was more than 18 minutes -- and not the three or four minutes as a Nixon adviser had testified. Mr. Powers was a 1939 graduate of Loyola High School, received his law degree from Catholic University and joined a Miami law firm after naval service in the Pacific during World War II.
Henry J. Muessen, head of the Piel Brothers brewery, one of New York's largest producers of beer in the first half of the century, died Monday of pneumonia at age 88 in Stamford, Conn. He was president of Piel Brothers when it was sold in 1962.