Gordon S. Brown, 88, who helped develop automatic fire...


August 30, 1996

Gordon S. Brown, 88, who helped develop automatic fire control and aiming systems for weaponry used during World War II, died of cancer Aug. 23 in Tucson, Ariz. He founded MIT's Servomechanisms Laboratory in 1940, was named Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and retired in 1974.

Paul Myron Gallop, 69, a leading researcher in the biology of aging and director of Boston's Laboratory of Human Biochemistry at Children's Hospital Medical Center, died of cancer Aug. 20 in Boston. He was known for his research on the chemistry of collagen, which is the fibrous protein found in bone, cartilage and connective tissue.

Russell Hunter, 67, whose paranormal encounters inspired the 1979 Canadian film "The Changeling," died Sunday in Denver. He said he witnessed phenomena in his home that convinced him it was haunted and it was on his experiences that he based the musical "Little Boy Blue" and "The Changeling."

Alejandro Lanusse, 77, a former military ruler who paved the way for civilian government in Argentina, died Monday in Buenos Aires after remaining unconscious after a blood clot operation last week. He became Argentina's third military president in five years when he seized power in a bloodless coup in March 1971. He held office until 1973. Within six months of taking power, he ordered general elections for March 1973.

Glenn E. McNeil, 78, who championed freedom-of-information rights for 32 years, died Aug. 23 of cancer in Knoxville, Tenn. As secretary-general manager of the Tennessee Press Association, he helped persuade the state General Assembly to pass one of the nation's strongest open-meetings laws, ensuring residents the right to attend meetings of governing bodies. He also helped facilitate the passage of the state open-records law, which provides residents access to government records.

Pub Date: 8/30/96

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