* Lewis A. Jackson, 81, who helped train the Tuskegee...


January 13, 1994

* Lewis A. Jackson, 81, who helped train the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation's first black military aviators, died Saturday in Xenia, Ohio. He was 18 when a milkman in his hometown of Angola, Ind., taught him to fly. A year later, he bought a used airplane, then helped pay for his education by flying passengers on barnstorming trips around Indiana. He joined the faculty of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1940, then was an instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew combat missions over Europe, North Africa and Sicily during World War II. After the war, he became an examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and developed an aircraft computer that many pilots used in obtaining their licenses. He also taught himself to build aircraft and constructed 10 experimental planes in his garage. He twice was president of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He retired in 1979 as vice president of Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

* John Bradley, 70, the last survivor among the servicemen shown raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima in a famous World War II photograph, died Tuesday of a stroke in Antigo, Wis. He was a Navy pharmacist mate second class who helped five Marines raise the flag on Mount Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945. It was the first time an American flag had flown over Japanese territory. Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the Pulitzer Prize-winning picture. It became the model for the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

* Jennie Sheppard Graham Karbowski, 105, one of the last survivors of the 1900 Galveston hurricane that killed 6,000 people, died Friday in Houston. She was 12 when the hurricane hit. With wind exceeding 100 mph and water 17 feet deep in most places, the hurricane destroyed two-thirds of the city. She later recalled watching the horse and buggy of a would-be rescuer tumble and disappear, her baby sister nearly drown, and bodies of the dead float past. She said her mother fought frantically to rescue her and her five siblings while they were trapped in high water. All survived.

* R. Brinkley Smithers, 86, a philanthropist and recovered alcoholic who founded the Christopher D. Smithers alcoholism research and treatment foundation, died Tuesday in New York. He founded the foundation, named for his father, in 1952. Over the last 40 years, he donated over $40 million from the foundation and his own fortune to Rutgers University and Cornell University, as well as Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, each of which established alcoholism centers.

* Phoumi Vongvichit, 84, a veteran Laotian revolutionary, former president and deputy premier, died Jan. 7 in Bangkok, Thailand, after a long illness. Considered by his colleagues to be a reserved, courteous and religious man, Phoumi fought the French, the Americans and the monarchy to bring communism to Laos. 1961, he led the Lao People's Revolutionary Party delegation to negotiations that produced the accord that ended Laos' civil war. After the pro-Communist Pathet Lao seized power in Laos in 1975, he was appointed minister of education, sports, physical education and fine arts. He later became deputy premier and a full member of the ruling Politburo and the party Central Committee. He became acting president, a largely ceremonial job, in 1986 and retired in 1991.

* Teddy Jane Binion, 77, the matriarch of one of Nevada's best-known gaming families, died Monday in Las Vegas following a brief illness. She was the widow of gaming pioneer Lester "Benny" Binion, who founded Binion's Horseshoe Club in Las Vegas in 1951. She was active in the casino's operation until her death.

* Donald B. Smiley, 78, retired chairman and chief executive officer of R.H. Macy Inc., died of a stroke Sunday in Greenwich, Conn. He retired in 1980 after 34 years at Macy's.

* Edward Duke, 40, a British actor who appeared on Broadway, died Jan. 8 in London of AIDS, said Pete Sanders, a publicity agent. He attended a Jesuit school in Lancashire, England, and continued his education at an American high school in Tokyo, where his father was British cultural attache. He studied drama in London. He appeared in the 1990 London revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," which starred Joan Collins. The production then toured the United States before opening on Broadway in March 1991. He also played Off Broadway.

* Emily Jordan Boxer, 65, a TV producer who arranged book interviews for NBC television's "Today" show in the 1980s, died of massive pneumonia Tuesday at New York Hospital. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a graduate of Brooklyn College. She started her career in 1953 with Walt Framer Productions, working on such shows as "The Price Is Right." From 1979 to 1991 she was book coordinator at the "Today" show. She selected and scheduled authors and other literary figures, briefed NBC anchors and correspondents and wrote questions they asked the guests.

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