* Richard C. Failla, the first openly gay person elected...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

April 14, 1993

* Richard C. Failla, the first openly gay person elected to New York state's Supreme Court and vice president of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, died of AIDS Sunday. He was 53. He was appointed a Criminal Court judge in 1985 by Mayor Edward I. Koch. In 1988, Judge Failla won an uncontested election to New York's Supreme Court, the state's trial-level court. When AIDS became an epidemic, he joined the board of directors of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, a private agency. He later became its vice president.

* James Clyde Dillon, 76, a former West Virginia state senator and state Democratic Party chairman, died Monday of cancer in Hinton, W.Va. He helped Democrat Jay Rockefeller to gubernatorial victories in 1976 and 1980.

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