CAROLINE 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.
Franklin T. Matthias, 85, who directed construction of the federal government's Hanford nuclear weapons research and production reservation during World War II, died of cancer Friday in Walnut Creek, Calif. In 1942, as a lieutenant colonel with the Army Corps of Engineers, he chose the Hanford site and managed construction of the reservation. The plutonium produced at Hanford was used in the world's first nuclear explosion and in the bomb nicknamed "Fat Man" that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 9, 1945. After the war, he went to Brazil to build hydroelectric dams and continued in the heavy construction trade.