Henry Middleton Britt, 75, a former Circuit Court judge and Republican activist who claimed he helped keep President Clinton from being drafted, died Friday in Hot Springs, Ark. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he said that at the
request of a friend, Mr. Clinton's uncle Raymond Clinton, he intervened with the draft board in an effort to delay sending the future president an induction notice. Mr. Clinton said he knew of no such effort on his behalf.
Dr. James M. Doonan, 76, a surgeon and personal physician to the late Cardinal Richard Cushing, died Thursday of lung cancer complications. He had practiced medicine in the Boston area for more than 40 years.
Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, 61, a Conservative member of Parliament who was admired for his acerbic wit and flamboyant style, died Saturday of liver disease complications. He was known for his unusual clothes, which he designed himself. In Who's Who, he listed his recreations as "drawing ships, making quips, confounding Whips (party leaders), scuttling drips."
Mildred Mathias, 88, a renowned botanist whose late-in-life treks through rain forests and jungles earned her almost as much admiration as her scientific achievements, died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. As professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, she authored 200 research papers, articles and books. She specialized in the carrot family and in taxonomy, the science of classification.
Irwin N. Stroll, 43, a prominent interior designer who was wounded in the 1968 Robert F. Kennedy assassination, died Thursday of AIDS complications in Los Angeles. He was shot in the leg on June 5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel, where Mr. Kennedy had gone to address supporters following his victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Then an art student and Kennedy volunteer, he had been waiting to present one of his works to the New York senator when he and four others were shot. Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of murder in the attack.