Eugene M. Stoner, 74, who developed the M-16 assault rifle...


April 27, 1997

Eugene M. Stoner, 74, who developed the M-16 assault rifle while tinkering in his garage, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Palm City, Fla. While he had no formal engineering education, Stoner was widely regarded as one of the world's foremost designers of and experts on small arms. His M-16 has been standard issue for the U.S. armed forces since 1963.

Sam Moskowitz, 76, a science-fiction author, editor and enthusiast who was widely regarded as the world's foremost authority on the literary genre, died of a heart attack April 15 in Newark, N.J. In 1939, he helped organize the first World Science Fiction Convention -- an annual event that now attracts as many as 10,000 people and is to be held in Baltimore next year.

Abraham Feder, 87, whose early fascination with light helped create the field of theatrical lighting design, died Thursday at his Manhattan home. For 50 years, his company, Lighting by Feder, was famous for lighting Broadway shows, architectural structures, plays, operas and ballets around the world.

Pub Date: 4/27/97

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