Sidney Kingsley, 89, a playwright who won a 1934 Pulitzer...


March 22, 1995

Sidney Kingsley, 89, a playwright who won a 1934 Pulitzer Prize for his hospital drama "Men in White," died Monday of a stroke in Oakland, N.J. "Men In White," which ran on Broadway for 351 performances, depicted doctors' dilemmas in balancing their professional and personal lives. In 1943, he garnered the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for "The Patriots," which examined the conflict between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton over the nature of democracy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt honored Mr. Kingsley by inviting him to sit beside him at the unveiling of the Jefferson Memorial.

Brig. Gen. James H. Howard, 81, a Medal of Honor recipient for his air combat performance over Germany in World War II, died Saturday in Belleair Bluffs, Fla. In 1944, as Allied bombers droned over Germany, General Howard, then a fighter pilot, single-handedly took on 30 Nazi aircraft that hampered the bombing mission. He destroyed at least four enemy planes before being forced to return to England. He was the only fighter pilot in the European theater to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award.

Sir James Kilfedder, 66, a lawmaker who was considered a leading candidate to become speaker of a new Northern Ireland assembly, died after suffering a heart attack Monday on a train bound for Parliament.

Betty Ebert Ragotzy, 71, co-owner of the Barn Theatre of Augusta, Mich., died Sunday of pneumonia. She and her husband, Jack, helped establish the Village Players at Richland, Mich., as a premier summer stock company and then moved the company into a renovated barn to become the Barn Theatre.

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