Evelyn Gentry Hooker,89, a UCLA psychologist whose work...


November 23, 1996

Evelyn Gentry Hooker,89, a UCLA psychologist whose work led to the removal of homosexuality as a psychological disorder from the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic and statistical manual, died Monday in Santa Monica, Calif.

Her controversial study published in 1957 was titled, "The Adjustment of the Male Overt Homosexual." She found that there was little statistical difference between psychological test results of gay and straight men. Her findings greatly emboldened the gay rights movement.

James E. Williams,75, an Army veteran who was riding with Ernie Pyle when the legendary World War II correspondent was killed in 1945, died Tuesday in Atlanta.

As a member of U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn's Service Academy Nominations Board, Mr. Williams interviewed applicants to West Point and the other service academies and recommended nominees to Mr. Nunn, a Georgia Democrat.

During the Okinawa campaign of World War II, Mr. Williams was an infantryman involved in some of the heaviest fighting in the Pacific. At one point, he was assigned to accompany Mr. Pyle, a Scripps Howard columnist who was covering the action.

The Jeep in which they were riding came under sniper fire. They abandoned the vehicle and dived for cover in ditches, but Mr. Pyle was killed.

Walter E. Hoffman,89, a senior U.S. District judge who accepted the plea arrangement that drove Vice President Spiro Agnew from office, died Thursday in Norfolk, Va. In 1973, Judge Hoffman accepted Mr. Agnew's no-contest plea to tax evasion and fined him $10,000. The deal included Mr. Agnew's resignation. Judge Hoffman lost a congressional race in 1948 and ran unsuccessfully for Virginia attorney general in 1953. A year later, he was appointed to the federal bench by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Harold A. Rehder,89, an internationally recognized specialist in marine mollusks, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 10 in Washington. Mr. Rehder, who joined the National Museum of Natural History in 1932, was curator of its mollusks division from 1946 to 1965.

George C. Ginsberg,97, a retired commercial photographer known as the "penny philanthropist" for his modest but loyal donations, died of stomach cancer Monday in Springfield, N.J. Mr. Ginsberg was a consistent contributor to about 100 charities. His donations usually ranged from $1 to $10.

Dr. Willard B. Ver Meulen,96, a dentist who in 1945 helped his town become the first in the nation with fluorinated drinking water, died Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Mich. Dr. Ver Meulen found that fluoridation had such dramatic results that he could spot people who used it with just a glance at their teeth.

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