Eva Bertrand Adams, a gold miner's daughter who presided over the U.S. Mint for eight years, died at age 80 Friday at a hospital in Reno, Nev. Miss Adams was born in Wonder, Nev., a gold-mining town that died
when the gold ran out. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, a master's degree in English from Columbia University, and a bachelor of laws degree and doctor of laws degree from George Washington University. She became a member of the bar in her home state and in the District of Columbia, as well as of the Supreme Court bar. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy named her director of the Mint. During her tenure, Miss Adams authorized and supervised the construction of a new mint in Philadelphia and the expansion of the Denver Mint. She also battled an acute nationwide coin shortage in the early 1960s.
Niven Busch, a novelist and screenwriter whose movie credits included "The Postman Always Rings Twice," died Sunday in San Francisco at 88. Mr. Busch worked for Time magazine and The New Yorker before moving to Hollywood in 1931, and wrote more than 15 novels, including "Duel in the Sun" and "California Street."