George H Gay Jr., 77, the only member of his Navy flight...


October 25, 1994

George H Gay Jr., 77, the only member of his Navy flight squadron who lived to tell about the United States' victory over Japan in the battle of Midway, died Friday of a heart attack in Marietta, Ga. All of the planes in his Torpedo Squadron 8 were shot down during an attack on Japanese warships near Midway Island on June 4, 1942. He was the only survivor. Wounded and wearing a life jacket, he drifted at sea watching other American planes hurtle out of the clouds to attack Japanese aircraft carriers.

Alexander Shelpin, 76, the head of the KGB during Nikita S. Khrushchev's rule and a member of the former Soviet Union's top leadership for more than a decade, died yesterday. The ITAR-Tass news agency in Moscow reported his death but did not give the cause or say where he died. He was KGB chief from 1958 to 1961.

Rollo May, 85, who helped found humanistic and existential psychology and introduced a generation to the meaning of anxiety, died Saturday in Tiburon, Calif. In his pioneering "The Meaning of Anxiety," published in 1950, he argued that there was a lot for the average person to be anxious about during the nuclear age.

Nelle Fisher, 79, a versatile dancer and choreographer whose performing experience ranged from Martha Graham to Broadway to television musicals, died on Wednesday in Edmonds, Wash., of complications of Parkinson's disease.

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