Guy Carleton Drewry, 90, a minister's son who became Virginia's poet laureate although he had to support himself as a railroad statistician, died Saturday in Roanoke after battling pneumonia. He had little formal education but lectured at the University of Virginia and elsewhere on creative writing and literature. "It came out of the air," he said of his work. "I felt like a violin somebody was playing on." He published six volumes of poetry, and his work appeared in numerous anthologies. The Virginia General Assembly voted in 1970 to name him the state's poet laureate for life.
Aly Sabry, 71, a former Egyptian vice president who served 10 years in prison for leading a 1971 attempt to topple former President Anwar Sadat, died in a Cairo hospital Saturday of internal bleeding. In 1971, Mr. Sadat arrested Mr. Sabry along with a number of top aides of his predecessor, Gamal Abdul Nasser, on charges of plotting an overthrow. Six of the arrested were members of Mr. Sadat's government. Mr. Sabry was convicted and sentenced to death by a military tribunal, but the president commuted his sentence to life imprisonment and later secured his release for health reasons. Mr. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by Muslim extremists.