Marshal Nikolai V. Ogarkov, 76, the chief of staff of the...


January 28, 1994

Marshal Nikolai V. Ogarkov, 76, the chief of staff of the Soviet armed forces who ordered the downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007 in 1983, died Sunday in Moscow of an undisclosed illness. He had the Politburo's approval when he ordered the South Korean airliner shot down after it flew off course and entered Soviet air space. All 269 people on board were killed.

* Esther Ralston, 91, an actress known as the "American Venus" of silent films and a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, died Jan. 14 in Ventura, Calif. She appeared in more than 150 movies, including "Peter Pan" in 1924; "American Venus" in 1926; and "Hollywood Boulevard" in 1936.

* Ruth Pruyn Field, 86, widow of millionaire publisher and philanthropist Marshall Field III, died Tuesday in Beaufort, S.C. She was chairwoman of the Citizens Committee for Children in New York City and director of both the United Nations Association U.S.A. and the Carnegie Hall Corp. She also helped run the Field Family Foundation, founded by her husband in 1940.

* Jean-Louis Barrault, 83, one of France's most famous actors and directors, died Saturday in Paris. A veteran of both classic and contemporary drama, he was equally at ease with Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" or a stage adaptation of Rabelais' Renaissance masterpiece "Gargantua and Pantagruel." He also starred in numerous films, including "The Children of Paradise" in 1944, "The Longest Day" in 1961 and "La Nuit de Varennes" in 1981.

* Lee Porter, 62, a former Stauffer Communications executive and publisher of several newspapers, died Wednesday in Oklahoma City after a brief illness. He began his career with Stauffer as a reporter for the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal. He -- was named editor and publisher of the Shawnee News-Star in 1977 and was director of 10 other Stauffer papers.

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