Malcolm T. Wordell, 84, a combat ace who shot down seven...


March 01, 1996

Malcolm T. Wordell, 84, a combat ace who shot down seven planes during World War II and won three Distinguished Flying Cross medals, died Monday after a heart attack in San Diego.

The retired Navy captain also was awarded two Navy Crosses, five Air Medals, a Purple Heart and a Navy Unit Citation.

During the war, he led a flight of Navy fighters in an attack on French vessels in North Africa. He was captured by French forces of the Vichy government and was held until the Vichy government surrendered in 1942.

His exploits were documented in the 1992 book "Wildcats Over Casablanca."

Sylvia H. Williams, 60, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, died Wednesday in Washington of a brain aneurysm. She had headed the museum, a collection of 60,000 works, since leaving the Brooklyn Museum in 1983.

Rene C. McPherson, 71, a former chairman and chief executive of Dana Corp. and later dean of the Stanford Business School, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at his home in North Key Largo, Fla.

Francois Chaumette, 72, a renowned actor of the classical French theater, died of cancer Wednesday in Paris. A member of the prestigious Comedie Francaise theater since 1957, he gained fame interpreting major roles in French classics by Moliere, Racine, Voltaire and others.

David Gancher, 53, an environmental editor and founder of ComputerLand magazine, died Friday in Oakland, Calif., after a long illness.

Richard A. Riley, 79, former chairman of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., died Wednesday after a heart attack in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Riley joined the company in 1939, became president in 1972 and was chairman from 1976 until his retirement in 1981.

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