Tommy Benford, 88, a drummer for such jazz greats as Fats...


April 01, 1994

Tommy Benford, 88, a drummer for such jazz greats as Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet, died March 24 in New York. He played on some of Morton's best-known recordings, including "Kansas City Stomp" and "Shreveport."

* John C. Fairbanks, 70, a former New Hampshire judge who vanished in 1989 after being charged with stealing $1.8 million from law clients, was found dead in Las Vegas on Sunday in what was ruled a suicide. What he was doing for the past four years, where he had been and what he did with the money were not known.

* Russell W. McFall, 72, who led Western Union's transition from an outmoded telegram delivery service to a modern telecommunications giant, died Saturday at his home in Ormond Beach, Fla. He became the chief executive of Western Union in 1965.

* Charles Gulden, 83, former chairman and president of Charles Gulden Inc., the mustard company, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Thompson, Conn.

* Lynda Hull, 39, an award-winning poet who had taught at the Johns Hopkins University, died Tuesday in a car accident in Plymouth, Mass. She published two books, "Ghost Money" and "Star Ledger" and won a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and the Edwin Piper poetry prize from the University of Iowa Press.

* Harold Stewart, 97, who rescued wounded French soldiers during the second battle of the Marne in World War I, died Sunday in Latrobe, Pa. He enlisted along with 40 classmates in the French ambulance corps in 1916, before the United States entered the war.

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