Earl Attlee, 63, a founding member of Britain's Social Democratic Party and the only son of former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, died after a stroke July 27. He was a deputy whip in the House of Lords for the Social Democrats.
Christian de la Crois de Castries, 88, the brigadier general whose soldiers ultimately lost France's decisive Vietnam War battle for Dien Bien Phu, has died, his family announced Tuesday. They did not disclose a cause or date of death. Born to an aristocratic family with a tradition of equestrian expertise and military service dating back to the time of Louis XV, General de Castries became a national hero for the defense of Dien Bilen Phu, which he finallu surrendered on May 17, 1954, after his troops slowly ran out of food and ammunition. He was held prisoner for four months while France negotiated a settlement that divided Vietnam into a communist ruled north and pro-western south.
Arichbishop John F. Wheaton, 70, who presided over the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocese since 1969, died Friday during minor surgery at Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., a hospital spokesman said. Doctors spent more than an hour trying to resuscitate Archbishop Whealon after his heart developed an irregular rhythm near the end of the operation.