James R. Martin,79, a former chairman of Massachusetts...


September 04, 1997

James R. Martin,79, a former chairman of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., died Sunday in Longmeadow, Mass. He joined the Springfield-based insurance company in 1951 and was named president in 1968. Six years later, he was named chairman and served in both posts until 1984 when he retired as president. He continued as board chairman until 1987 and retired as a director in 1991.

Edwin McConnell,76, the last of the "Flying McConnell Brothers," died Monday at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas after battling leukemia and Parkinson's Disease. The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel was one of three brothers originally from Wichita who joined the Army Air Corps together during World War II.

Alice Culler Sims,83, former co-owner of The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg, died Monday in Orangeburg, S.C. Mrs. Sims, a graduate of Winthrop College, was the widow of James L. Sims, publisher of The Times and Democrat at the time of his death in 1962. She served on the board of the paper for several years.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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