* Richard Abrams, 56, who led the test flight division of...


August 15, 1994

* Richard Abrams, 56, who led the test flight division of Lockheed's top-secret "Skunk Works" as it developed the YF-22 fighter plane, died Thursday of undisclosed causes in a District of Columbia hospital. He joined Lockheed's Advanced Development Co., otherwise known as the "Skunk Works," as a senior engineer in 1980. He was honored in April by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomy for his work on the YF-22A Advanced Tactical Fighter and the F-117 Stealth Fighter. He also wrote "Corsair at War."

* Amy Jill Sacks, 39, an Emmy Award-winning producer recognized for innovative sports production work, died in Philadelphia Aug. 5 of complications from lupus. Ms. Sacks was senior vice president of the Walt Disney studios subsidiary Buena Vista Productions, and was responsible for the Emmy-winning "Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson" and "Christmas On Ice" Disney specials. A former producer for ABC News and ABC Sports, she won Emmys for the network's coverage of the 1984 Summer Olympics and for two specials on the 1988 Winter Olympics. She was associate coordinating producer of ABC's Wide World of Sports from 1986 to 1989, and senior producer for ABC's "Prime Time Live."

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