Henry "Griff" Griffin, who in 45 years as an Associated...

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August 24, 1992

Henry "Griff" Griffin, who in 45 years as an Associated Press photographer became the chum of presidents while capturing the image of his times on film, died Saturday of complications following a heart attack last week. He was 76. In decades of covering the White House and Congress, Mr. Griffin often played poker with Harry S. Truman, once dropped a clock on Dwight D. Eisenhower's head and won a reputation as a colorful, sometimes profane operator who could open any door in town.

Laura Peart Bechtel, who helped her husband expand the Bechtel Group into one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies, died on Aug. 16 at her home in Oakland, Calif., at age 89. Mrs. Bechtel was married for 66 years to Stephen D. Bechtel, who inherited the San Francisco-based company from his father, Warren, in 1933 and headed it until 1960.

Barbara Morgan, who photographed such modern dancers as Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, died Aug. 17 at age 92.

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