* Robert Buckner Claytor, 71, retired chairman and chief...


April 12, 1993

* Robert Buckner Claytor, 71, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the 20-state freight railroad system, Norfolk Southern Corp., died Friday of cancer. He was the first chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern after it was formed in 1982 by the consolidation of Norfolk and Western Railway and Southern Railway. He continued to serve on the railroad's board of directors after retiring in 1987 and remained as chairman of the executive committee until 1992.

* Michael Marsh, 75, an author and Quaker leader, died of lung cancer Wednesday at a hospital in Washington. Dr. Marsh, who was born in New York and graduated from Swarthmore College, began his career as an economist for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington.

* Raphaelle Jeanne Semmes, 46, a senior civil servant who became executive director of the Bush administration's Commission on Environmental Quality, died of cancer Tuesday at the Washington Home Hospice.

* Rear Adm. Victor E. Tyson Jr., 76, a retired chief of staff at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the shoreside manager for three America's Cup yacht racing teams, died Tuesday at the Medical Center of Ocean County in Point Pleasant, N.J.

* Robert W. Boyle, 80, who founded a meat company at the age of 18 and built it into a $20 million-a-year enterprise, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Kansas City. He was the head of Boyle Meat Co., president of Boyle's Famous Corned Beef Co. and head of Kansas City Cold Storage Corp.

* Rakhmon Nabiyev, 63, the former Communist president of Tajikistan who was forced from office by pro-Islamic militants died Saturday of a heart attack in his native city of Khudzhand, where he had lived since resigning his post as president in September 1992. A protege of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, he was ousted from his post as Communist Party leader in Tajikistan after former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev took power in 1985.

* Milan M. Vuitch, 78, a doctor who brought one of the earliest legal challenges to restrictive abortion laws, died Tuesday at Holy Cross Hospital in Washington after a stroke. He lived in Silver Spring. His open defiance of legal prohibitions on abortion made him an important figure in the early abortion rights movement during the decade before the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade, which gave women a constitutional right to choose abortion. While other doctors provided safe and affordable illegal abortions during those years to patients referred through a network of abortion rights advocates in New York, he was one of the very few to speak openly about what he was doing, challenging both the law-enforcement authorities and the medical profession.

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