William Carter Spann, 51, former President Jimmy Carter's...

Deaths Elsewhere

February 05, 1997

William Carter Spann, 51, former President Jimmy Carter's nephew and the self-described "bad peanut" of the family, collapsed and died Sunday while drinking on a street in Oakland, Calif., officials said.

The son of Mr. Carter's sister Gloria, Mr. Spann once said in a jail interview that he loved his family. His uncle, he said, was "in the White House, and I'm in the big house."

Mr. Spann had been in and out of California jails since 1969 on burglary, robbery, drug and drinking cases.

Charles W. Hargens Jr.,103, an artist of the American West who sketched book covers for Zane Grey and other writers, died Thursday in Doylestown, Pa.

Mark Vainberg,59, who played a key role in the development of military and civilian helicopters, died Monday at a Moscow hospital after he was admitted with acute heart pain. His death was reported by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, which he headed. Mr. Vainberg played a key role in the development of many Mil helicopters.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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