Henderson Supplee Jr., 88, who retired in 1965 as chairman...

Deaths elsewhere

February 06, 1992

Henderson Supplee Jr., 88, who retired in 1965 as chairman of the board of the Atlantic Refining Co. just before the merger that created the present Atlantic Richfield Co., died Monday of complications of cancer at a hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Before joining the oil company in 1947, the resident of Radnor, Pa., had been president of the Supplee-Wills-Jones Milk Co., which had become a subsidiary of the National Dairy Products Corp. He was a former trustee of Princeton University and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Philadelphia.

Dr. James C. Cain, 78, longtime personal physician to President Lyndon Johnson, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Rochester, Minn. A specialist in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic for 30 years, he was attending physician for President Johnson's gall bladder surgery in October 1965.

Dr. Jean Hamburger, 82, who performed France's first successful kidney transplant in 1962, died Saturday at a Paris hospital after suffering heart problems. He was best known for his research in intensive care treatment, which focused primarily on the role and function of the renal system. On Feb. 12, 1962, he made medical history by transplanting the first human kidney between non-twins. It was the first successful organ transplant of any kind in France.

William Becker, 82, a retired U.S. district judge in Kansas City who served on a panel of nine judges that coordinated more than 1,800 civil antitrust lawsuits, died Sunday in Columbia, Mo. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1961 and was chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Kansas City from 1965 to 1977.

Francis Birch, 88, professor emeritus of geology at Harvard University and co-designer of an atomic bomb, died of prostate cancer Friday in Cambridge, Mass. Much of his career was devoted to studying the way materials respond to the extremely high pressures found in the Earth's interior. He and his associates measured sound velocities in such materials, enabling scientists to interpret the seismic waves recorded from distant earthquakes. He played an important role in designing the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II. From 1942 to 1945, while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Los Alamos, N.M., where the bomb was designed, he held a commission in the Navy.

John Haber, 46, an opera director, teacher and Zen Buddhist monk, died of AIDS Jan. 29 in a New York hospital. He lived at the Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Zen monastery in Livingston Manor, N.Y. He was the first drama coach for the Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and the founder and artistic director of the Eastern Opera Theater of New York. He directed operas in regional houses across the country and, in 1982, produced and directed a version of Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea" using jazz and soul singers.

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