Karl Springer, 60, designer and manufacturer of luxury...

Deaths elsewhere

December 08, 1991

Karl Springer, 60, designer and manufacturer of luxury furniture and accessories, died of lymphoma Wednesday at his home in New York. His signature styles were classical Chinese and Art Deco.

Sir Roy Welensky, 84, prime minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1956 until it crumbled before African independence in 1963, died Thursday in Blandford Forum, England.

Lt. Gen. John J. Tolson III, 76, who as commander of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 helped pioneer the use of helicopters as a leading instrument of modern warfare, died Monday at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C. General Tolson, a native of New Bern, N.C., studied at the University of North Carolina and graduated from West Point in 1937. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

John C. Miller, 83, a retired professor at Stanford University who wrote several major books about early American history that won praise for their scholarship and analysis, died of liver cancer last Sunday in Palo Alto, Calif.

Emmanuel Jacquin de Margerie, 66, French ambassador to the United States from 1984 to 1989 and director general of France's national museum administration from 1975 to 1977, died Monday in Paris. He was involved in the creation of the Musee d'Orsay, a museum devoted to 19th century art that opened in 1986 in a restored railroad station in Paris. He was appointed to the board of Christie's International and named chairman of Christie's in Europe last year.

Joseph F. Knott, 55, president of Safety-Kleen Corp., a large recycler of cleaning fluids, died Monday at his home in Oak Brook, Ill., of an apparent heart attack while exercising on a treadmill. The company, which estimates 1991 sales at $700 million, recycles fluids used to clean metal parts in service stations for use in dry-cleaning establishments, industrial plants and auto-body shops.

The Rev. George F. Harkins, 78, a leader in American Lutheranism, died of complications from emphysema Tuesday in Ridgewood, N.J. From 1968 to 1974, as secretary of the Lutheran Church in America, he was the second highest official of what was then the largest Lutheran body in the United States.

Thomas Nelson Porter, 59, Broadway stage manager for the musical "A Chorus Line" for 12 years, died of cancer last Sunday in New York. In his 29 years in the theater, he was the stage manager for many of Neil Simon's plays, including "The Sunshine Boys," "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" and "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers." Among other productions he managed were "Golden Boy," "God's Favorite" and, most recently, "Cats."

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