Robert H. Strotz,72, retired president of Northwestern University, died Wednesday in Evanston, Ill. He joined the Northwestern faculty in 1947 and became a professor of economics in 1958. He was president from 1970 to 1985. Afterward, he served five years as chancellor. He wrote several books on economic theory and econometrics, the application of statistical and mathematical methods to the study of economic data and problems.
William Roger Thompson, 63, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, died Wednesday in Philadelphia. He joined the paper in 1960 as a copy boy and rose through the ranks to become a general assignment reporter. He retired in September. He is survived by sons Germaine and Dorian; daughter Marsetta; and four sisters.