Claude W. Duke, 90, a retired New Orleans lawyer and state...


January 08, 1996

Claude W. Duke, 90, a retired New Orleans lawyer and state legislator, died Friday. In 1957, Gov. Earl Long appointed him president of the Orleans Levee Board, which donated the land that became what is now the University of New Orleans.

William Bailey Lockhart, 89, a constitutional expert who laid the foundation for 1960s civil rights laws and led a national panel that recommended repealing pornography laws for adults, died Jan. 1 in Salt Lake City. He was a University of Minnesota law professor from 1946 to 1972 and dean for the last 16 of those years. He retired and then spent another 22 years teaching at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. In 1962, during the segregationist riots at the University of Mississippi, he argued that President John F. Kennedy's actions in carrying out a federal court's order to integrate the university were constitutional.

Nello Celio, 81, a member of Switzerland's Italian-speaking minority who had been his country's finance minister and in 1972 its president, died of pneumonia Dec. 29 in a clinic in Bern.

Bradford Burns, 63, a history professor who wrote 150 books on Latin America and whose magazine article on Nicaragua earned him a public lashing from President Ronald Reagan, died Dec. 19 of liver cancer in Los Angeles. An expert on Nicaragua and Brazil, he taught at the University of California at Los Angeles for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1993. In a 1986 article he wrote for the magazine Nicaragua Perspectives, Mr. Burns said: "Nicaragua stands as an example for other impoverished Central American nationals. It is an example that must be defended." The article outraged Mr. Reagan, who at the time was seeking more aid for rebels fighting the Marxist-led government of Nicaragua.

Churchill Lathrop, 95, emeritus professor of art history at Dartmouth College, died Dec. 21.

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