Caaroline Gross, 53, New Hampshire's House majority leader, died Sunday of cancer in Concord. The Republican joined the legislature in 1983 and was serving her sixth term. She was named 1993 Legislator of the Year by the National Republican Legislators Association. She was a delegate to the New Hampshire Republican Convention from 1968 to 1978 and worked as administrative assistant to former Gov. Walter Peterson in 1969 and 1970.
Margaret Landon, 90, whose book "Anna and the King of Siam" inspired the Broadway hit musical and movie "The King and I," died Saturday of a stroke in Alexandria, Va. She was principal of a girls' mission school in Siam when she learned of Anna Leonowens, who as secretary to King Monghut of Siam in the mid-19th century, introduced such concepts as personal freedom to the country. She wrote "Anna and the King of Siam" after returning to the United States in 1937.