Brian Zimmerman,24, who won worldwide attention when he...


September 26, 1996

Brian Zimmerman,24, who won worldwide attention when he became honorary mayor of a tiny Texas community at age 11, died Friday in Houston of a suspected heart attack.

He ran for mayor in a straw poll in 1983. The mayoral title in Crabb was honorary because the Fort Bend County town was not incorporated, something he sought unsuccessfully.

Shortly after his election, he went to a mayors' conference in Paris. Europeans referred to him as "John Kennedy II." The boy's story was the subject of a PBS movie, "The Lone Star Kid," starring James Earl Jones.

Called "The Boy Mayor," he was working for a Houston travel agency at his death.

Dr. William S. Clark,81, a rheumatologist who helped lead the hTC March of Dimes to a change of focus from polio to birth defects, died Sunday of kidney failure in New York. An expert on arthritis, the native of Dayton, Ohio, joined the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in 1958 and soon became its medical director. When polio was in retreat, the group changed its name to the National Foundation-The March of Dimes, to reflect a wider mission.

Leo Isacson,86, who won a congressional seat as a member of the American Labor Party, died of cancer Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He began his tenure in Congress in 1948 when he surprised political experts and won a special election from the Bronx after the incumbent was named a judge. He was unseated in 1949 by a mainstream politician.

William S. Vaughn,93, who as chairman and president of Eastman Kodak Co. oversaw the company's expansion in the 1960s from the photographic business into petrochemicals, fibers and plastics, died Friday in Rochester, N.Y.

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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