Robert Paschal,87, whose Paschal's Motor Hotel and...

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March 03, 1997

Robert Paschal,87, whose Paschal's Motor Hotel and Restaurant in Atlanta became an unofficial meeting place for civil rights leaders, died Thursday of cancer.

He and his brother, James, opened their restaurant as a lunch counter in 1947. It became well-known for playing host to strategy sessions for black leaders, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Joseph L. Lowery, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, called Mr. Paschal "an authentic pioneer the empowerment of the black community. It was more than restaurant and hotel. It was a laboratory in social science."

The Paschals sold the hotel and restaurant last year to Clark Atlanta University, but retained a second restaurant at Hartsfield International Airport.

Paul Otto Heyer,60, former president of the New York School of Interior Design, died Feb. 22 of cancer. He served as the school's president from 1989 until last year. He also wrote several books, including "Architects on Architecture: New Directions in America," a 1966 book updated in 1977 and 1994.

Pub Date: 3/03/97

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