David Clarke, 53, a passionate advocate for civil rights...


March 29, 1997

David Clarke, 53, a passionate advocate for civil rights and the District of Columbia who bridged racial gaps and became the highest-ranking white politician in the majority-black city, died of brain cancer Thursday at his Mount Pleasant home.

Mr. Clarke, who was chairman of the City Council, was a councilman for almost two decades and chairman for 11 of those years. He won his first race for the council in 1974.

The 6-foot-5 politician was a familiar figure riding his bike around town. He delivered blankets to the homeless on his bike.

The native of Washington was an early participant in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. He majored in religion at George Washington University and later earned a law degree at historically black Howard University. He was a law clerk for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and later ran the local office of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Shaul Eisenberg, 76, one of Israel's leading businessmen, died of a heart attack Thursday during a trip to Beijing. He was head of the Israel Corp., a huge holding company with interests throughout Israel, Europe, central Asia and elsewhere. He also had controlling interests in the Israel Chemicals conglomerate and in Zim Navigation, Israel's biggest shipping company.

Carroll James Jr., 60, a Washington disc jockey who was the first to play a Beatles record on the radio in the United States, died Monday of cancer. He was working at radio station WWDC in 1963 and was asked by a fan to play the Beatles' hit, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which was not due to be released in the United States until early 1964.

Harold Osrow, 80, an entrepreneur who produced an array of novel household items and was chairman of Osrow Products, died March 20 of lung cancer in New York. Among his inventions: a plastic windshield scraper-snow brush that sold millions every year.

Pub Date: 3/29/97


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