Robert A. Shuker, an associate judge of the Superior Court...


June 29, 1993

Robert A. Shuker, an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, died yesterday of a heart attack while jogging. He was 52. The 16-year-veteran of the court had been appointed to a second 15-year-term in May 1992. From July 1986 until October 1989, he was the presiding judge of the Criminal Division. His nomination to the court was approved by the U.S. Senate in May 1977. From 1968 until his appointment, he had worked for the office of the United States attorney. In 1973, he was the chief prosecutor in the investigation and trial of the United States vs. William Christian, et al., one of the most extended and complicated criminal litigations in the history of the D.C. court system, officials said. In 1976, he was the first recipient of the Harold J. Sullivan Award.

* Astronomer Zdenek Kopal, 79, whose discoveries about neighboring stars called close binaries shook astrophysics, died cancer at his home in Wilmslow in northwest England Wednesday.

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