Marguerite Ross Barnett, 49, the first black woman to head a major U.S. university, died of cancer Wednesday while on
vacation in Wailuku, Hawaii. A political scientist, she took over as the eighth president of the University of Houston in 1990. She had been on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton, Howard and Columbia universities. She was vice chancellor for academic affairs of the City University of New York and later chancellor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis before moving to Houston.
Ettie Mae Greene, identified by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person in the United States, died Wednesday at age 114 in Lindside, W.Va. The retired seamstress and farmer caught a cold Monday.