William Pearson Tolley, 95, who led Syracuse University...


January 30, 1996

William Pearson Tolley, 95, who led Syracuse University through its greatest period of growth, died Friday in Syracuse, N.Y. He was Syracuse's seventh chancellor from 1942 to 1969, a period in which the university's gross assets grew from $15 million to $200 million, its endowment from $4.5 million to more than $56 million, and enrollment grew from a low of 3,800 during World War II to more than 24,000. Graduate enrollment jumped from 400 to 8,000.

Henry Lewis, 63, a classical musician and conductor who led the way for blacks in his profession, died Friday of a heart attack at his New York City home. He was the first black conductor and music director of a major American orchestra and in 1972 he was the first black conductor at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Olga Havlova, 62, a human rights activist and wife of Czech President Vaclav Havel, died Saturday of cancer in Prague. The former Olga Splichalova met Mr. Havel when he was a theater stage hand in the 1950s. They married in 1964 but had no children. She worked tirelessly within Charter 77, the Czech dissident network led by her husband. When he was in jail from 1979-1982, he wrote her a long series of philosophical letters, later published as "Letters to Olga."

Ward Ritchie, 91, a renowned printer who also wrote nearly 100 books, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was among the last of the printers whose elegant works gave Southern California a reputation for artistic publishing in the 1920s and 1930s. He designed about 750 books and published and collected thousands more. He also was a noted historian of printing.

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