* The Rev. James C. Finlay, 70, a Jesuit priest who was...


December 08, 1992

* The Rev. James C. Finlay, 70, a Jesuit priest who was president of Fordham University from 1972 until his retirement in 1984, died of a heart attack Saturday in Murray-Weigel Hall, an infirmary for retired Jesuits on the university's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, N.Y. As president, he emphasized the importance of providing career opportunities for women. In an interview in 1975, he said that earlier, when he had begun to realize obstacles that women were facing, he became incensed. When he was awarded an honorary doctorate from New York University in 1984, he was lauded as "a priest, scholar, teacher, counselor" who "rebuilt and vitalized an urban university."

* Joseph Lyford, 74, professor emeritus at the University of California's Graduate School of Journalism, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease. He wrote "The Airtight Cage," about the problems of America's inner cities, and "The Talk of Vandalia," about changes in a small Illinois town.

* George Michaels, 82, a former assemblyman who cast the deciding vote to legalize abortion in New York, ending his political career, died Thursday. He changed his mind and the lives of thousands of women when he voted in favor of legalizing abortion in 1970. His vote broke a 74-74 tie. The vote ended Mr. Michaels' political career. After the repeal of the bill, the Democratic Party refused to endorse him. He was defeated in an independent bid for the Assembly that fall. Mr. Michaels returned to private law practice and never sought office again.

* Kenneth D. Zumwalt, 78, a former civilian managing editor of the European edition of Stars and Stripes, the newspaper of the U.S. armed forces, and a former senior editor of the San Diego Union, died Nov. 25 at his home in San Diego. A son, Richard, said Mr. Zumwalt had had heart problems and had recently undergone an operation on his hip.

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