Ethel L. Payne, 79, a longtime correspondent and columnist for the Chicago Defender who pioneered foreign affairs coverage in the black press, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack at her Washington home. Ms. Payne, a Chicago native, first went overseas as a reporter in 1955 to cover an international conference in Indonesia. She interviewed Chinese Premier Chou Lai, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, among others. In the 1970s, she was featured on the CBS program "Spectrum." She worked as a broadcast commentator into the 1980s.
Sir Angus Wilson, one of Britain's most distinguished writers, died Friday at the age of 77, fellow author Malcolm Bradbury said. Sir Angus died after a stroke at the nursing home where he had spent his last years in Bury St. Edmunds, southeast $H England, Mr. Bradbury said. Sir Angus wrote some 50 books, among them novels "Hemlock and After," "No Laughing Matter," "The Naughty Nineties," "As If by Magic," "Such Darling Dodos" and "Setting the World on Fire." He also branched into biography with "The World of Charles Dickens."
Bennetta Bullock Washington, 73, an educator and a former director of the Women's Job Corps, died Tuesday at Howard University Hospital in Washington. Dr. Washington, who was being treated for complications from a stroke, died of cardiac arrest, a spokesman for the family said. Imbued with the desire to educate the poor and culturally deprived, Dr. Washington believed that all children, including poor, black, inner-city youngsters, have potential. She was married to Walter Washington, the first elected mayor of the District of Columbia. During his tenure, from 1967 to 1979, she was regarded as one of his two top advisers. While she was principal of Cardozo High School in the early 1960s, she initiated an academic and work-study program that became a model for the National Teacher Corps. In 1964, she started a Job Corps program for women, setting up training centers around the country. In 1973, she became an assistant to the assistant secretary of labor. She retired in 1981. Dr. Washington wrote three books about the effects of poverty on the learning process.
Robert J. "Buzz" Buzinski, 46, who campaigned for Richard M. Nixon and and Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, died Thursday in Madison, Wis. Mr. Buzinski died at Meriter Hospital, where he had been treated since collapsing on a golf course Tuesday. Friends said he suffered a burst blood vessel or blood clot in his brain. Mr. Buzinski's first job in national politics was as northeastern regional coordinator for Mr. Nixon's successful /^ presidential campaign in 1968. He was Mr. Thompson's campaign manager when the Republican won the governorship in 1986.
Walter J. Dilbeck Jr., 72, a World War II hero who became involved in a string of controversial ventures, died Thursday in Evansville, Ind. He was one of the nation's most decorated soldiers during World War II, receiving two Distinguished Service
Crosses, four Bronze Stars and four Purple Hearts. He was cited for single-handedly holding off more than 200 German SS soldiers, killing or wounding 60, in a battle near Buchof, Germany. But he was later involved in an ill-fated attempt to form a new baseball league and in a business partnership with Spiro T. Agnew ended with the former vice president accusing Mr. Dilbeck of "a calculated scheme to promote your image at the expense of my integrity." In 1976, Mr. Dilbeck pleaded guilty to filing a false federal income tax return for 1969. He served 60 days in prison.
W. O. Smith, 74, a retired jazz musician who played with such giants of jazz as Bessie Smith, Fats Waller and Dizzy Gillespie, died Thursday of cancer in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital. He began his career in the late 1930s, playing bass with blues singer Bessie Smith, and was at the center of the jazz scene in New York City during the 1940s. He played with such jazz greats as Fats Waller, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Mr. Smith was a retired music professor at Tennessee State University, where he had taught for more than 25 years. He had been adjunct professor at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University since 1987. He was a member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, playing double bass and viola for 17 years.
H. Struve Hensel, 89, a former assistant U.S. defense secretary, died Monday in Boca Raton, Fla. Mr. Hensel was a New York lawyer before he was called to Washington in 1940 to organize and serve as chief of the Navy's legal division for procurement. He later was the Navy's general counsel, a general counsel in the Defense Department and assistant Defense secretary for international security affairs.
Lynn Stanford, 44, an acclaimed ballet musician who worked with dance's greatest choreographers including George Balanchine, died Tuesday of a blood staph infection at Baylor University Medical Center in Houston. The composer-accompanist also worked with Martha Graham and Dame Margot Fonteyn, and he counted Mikhail Baryshnikov as one of his friends. Mr. Stanford lived in Dallas and New York.