* Benjamin L. Bosworth, 76, a prisoner of war during World...


January 06, 1994

* Benjamin L. Bosworth, 76, a prisoner of war during World War II who tried to tunnel his way out of the famed Stalag 17 prison, died Sunday in Edwardsville, Ill. Bosworth, a member of the former Army Air Corps, was held for 18 months after he was shot down over Germany. He was severely disciplined for trying to escape from Stalag 17. The effort was made famous in a movie named for the war camp. Bosworth later worked for more than three decades as a firefighter and served 12 years as a Madison city alderman.

* James Clement, 75, who guided the growth of the King Ranch into a multinational corporation, died Sunday in Kingsville, Texas. The 825,000-acre ranch produces cattle, horses and oil. Clement was president and chief executive from 1974 to 1987, then chairman in 1987-88.

* F. Otto Haas, 78, former president and chief executive of the Rohm and Haas Co., died of cancer Sunday in Philadelphia. Haas went to work for the chemical company in 1940 and was chief executive from 1960 to 1970. He retired from the board of directors in 1984. Haas' father, Otto Haas, founded the company in 1909.

* William Morris, 80, editor in chief of the original edition of the American Heritage Dictionary, died Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Morris was a dictionary salesman when he became editor of the dictionary's first edition in 1969. Later, he edited the Grolier Universal Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia International and was editor in chief for Grosset & Dunlap. In 1968, he appeared on the Connecticut ballot as Eugene McCarthy's vice presidential candidate. In 1953 he and his wife began an internationally syndicated daily column, "Words, Wit and Wisdom." They also wrote the books "It's Easy to Increase Your Vocabulary" and "The Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origin." He is survived by six children.

* Nick J. Noell, 47, a top executive at luggage manufacturer Samsonite Corp., died of a heart attack Saturday in Denver. He became president of Samsonite International in 1989.

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