William Terry Wells, 75, inventor of the fireplace furnace, died Friday at his home in rural Arizona. His invention, known as a Wells fireplace, used outside air for combustion and directed heated air through ducts for warming. His company, Wells Fireplaces, has manufactured the devices since 1976.
Dr. Irvin M. Lourie, 78, who overcame a quota system that kept Jews out of U.S. medical schools to become a pioneer physician of the World Health Organization, died April 4 of heart failure in San Diego. He was one of the first two physicians invited to join the World Health Organization at its inception 48 years ago. He worked 20 years for the organization, which specializes in public health and the elimination of diseases worldwide. He studied medicine in Scotland because of past enrollment restrictions on Jewish applicants to U.S. schools.
William N. Robson, 88, a pioneering director of radio dramas and documentaries, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at his home in Alexandria, Va. He began writing for the "talkies" at Paramount Pictures. He joined CBS in New York in 1936, directing such programs as "Big Town" with Edward G. Robinson. In 1943, he won two George Foster Peabody Awards for the drama series "Man Behind the Gun" and the documentary "Open Letter on Race Hatred."
William Beko, 72, state judge in the nation's largest judicial district for nearly 15 years, died Monday after suffering a heart attack in Tonopah, Nev. His Nye County judicial district covered more than 25,000 square miles, and he once estimated that he drove 2,200 miles or more per month going from courthouse to courthouse. He retired in 1989 but remained active, hearing cases as a senior district court judge.