* Wallace Hoggson, 95, a retired business executive and a...


November 14, 1992

* Wallace Hoggson, 95, a retired business executive and a decorated World War I pilot, died of pneumonia Monday at a nursing home in Sarasota, Fla. For many years, Mr. Hoggson worked as an investment banker for Bankers Trust in Manhattan and later as a broker for the Travelers Insurance Co. He retired in the early 1960s.

* Dr. Jeffrey S. Tanaka, 34, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana, died in an automobile accident on Nov. 3 near Bondville, Ill. The author of five books, he was known for his work on statistical models gleaned from psychological studies. His research gave scientists insights into how people think and behave. His work led to studies about how jurors reach decisions, the causes of aggression against women and the effects of stress, among others.

* Valerie Pida, 25, who as a cancer-stricken cheerleader in 1987 delayed a bone marrow transplant to root for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball team at the national semifinals, died Tuesday. Ms. Pida, who was diagnosed at 13 with Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes, had vowed to take any experimental drug available. She began going to Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., in August for treatments with a new drug. Las Vegans contributed more than $150,000 toward her medical expenses.

* Jerrold Wexler, 68, a leading real estate developer in Chicago who built and owned dozens of office and apartment buildings, died of lymphoma Nov. 7 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. With his partner, Edward Ross, Mr. Wexler expanded Jupiter Industries into an international conglomerate worth at least $2.5 billion. Among the structures he owned or invested in were the Playboy building and the Drake Hotel.

* Dr. William Meng Duke, 76, a corporate executive and a leader in space technologies, died after a two-year battle against pancreatic cancer Sunday at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif. As a vice president with the Space Technology Laboratories in Los Angeles from 1956 to 1962, Dr. Duke was in charge of the engineering and technical direction of the Thor, Atlas, Titan and Minuteman programs. Later, he was named to head research and engineering at the company.

* Charles "Honi" Coles, 81, a Broadway tap dancer so graceful he was once said to make butterflies look clumsy, died in his sleep Thursday of lung cancer at his home in Queens, N.Y. His career on Broadway spanned 50 years and dozens of musicals, but the tall, lean dancer was best known for an effervescent grace and fluidity in his footwork. Mr. Coles had leading roles in the original Broadway versions of "Hello, Dolly" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." He also appeared in the film "Cotton Club." He received his only Tony Award in 1983 for a supporting role in Tommy Tune's "My One and Only." President Bush awarded Mr. Coles the National Medal of Arts in 1991 for contributions in musical theater and he received a Dance Magazine Award in 1985. "He was what tap dancing was all about," said Gregory Hines, a friend and former student of Mr. Coles.

* Jan H. Oort, 92, an astronomer whose discoveries about the movements of galaxies prompted comparisons with Copernicus, has died. Mr. Oort found that the Milky Way rotates around its axis and that our solar system is not at the galaxy's core but thousands of light-years away from it. The find is widely seen as comparable to Copernicus' discovery in the 16th century that the Earth rotates around the sun. His other pioneering work on galactic structure showed that the universe was composed of far more matter than previously believed.

* Giulio Carlo Argan, 83, an eminent art historian who served as the first Marxist mayor of Rome, died of a heart attack Wednesday night.

* Wallace Duane Boone, 70, credited with inventing the first automatic shut-off nozzle used at gasoline stations, died at his home Monday. A mechanical engineer, he obtained 38 patents for devices used to handle hazardous wastes.

* Garland Farmer, 70, a retired businessman, diplomat and press secretary to former Texas Gov. Allan Shivers, died Wednesday of pulmonary disease. He went to work for the State Department in 1952, assigned to the United Nations Organizing Conference in San Francisco. He later went to Senegal as vice consul, to Paris with the U.S. Information Service, and to Washington on the department's Liberian desk. In 1952, he became director of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. From 1956 to 1958 he was assistant director of the Hoover Institution in Stanford, Calif.

* William E. "Bill" Fritch, 56, former state editor for the Post-Tribune, in Gary, Ind., died Tuesday of cancer.

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