Susie Marshall Sharp, 88, who was the first woman to serve...


March 03, 1996

Susie Marshall Sharp, 88, who was the first woman to serve as chief justice of a state's Supreme Court in the United States, died Friday in Raleigh, N.C.

Alice Ehrenfeld Weil, 70, the highest-ranking American woman to serve at the United Nations, died Wednesday of cancer in New York. As assistant secretary general at the United Nations, she supervised security and maintenance of U.N. centers worldwide from 1984 until her retirement in 1986.

Jim Atwater, 68, former writer and editor for Time magazine and dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, died Friday of cancer in Columbia, Mo.

Wes Farrell, 56, a 1960s pop songwriter whose hits included "Hang On Sloopy," died Thursday of cancer in Miami. In the 1970s he created the music for "The Partridge Family" TV series.

Albert Harris, 51, the theater director who this season initiated the critically acclaimed concert series "Rodgers and Hart Rediscovered," died Friday of lymphoma in New York.

Princess Shams Pahlavi, 77, sister of the late Shah of Iran, died in exile Thursday in Santa Barbara, Calif., after recent surgery.

Richard V. Benson, 74, a magazine circulation consultant and a pioneer in direct mail advertising, died Feb. 22 at his home in Fernandina Beach, Fla. He founded Benson-Stagg, the first advertising agency specializing in direct mail, in 1961. In 1969, he founded the Benson Organization and eventually became a consultant to more than 30 direct-marketing companies. He also was a founder of American Heritage magazine and helped to start Smithsonian, Southern Living, Psychology Today, Horizon, Learning and Bottom Line/Personal magazines.

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