William B. Spong Jr., 77, whose ascent to one term in the...


October 12, 1997

William B. Spong Jr., 77, whose ascent to one term in the U.S. Senate ended the political career of Sen. A. Willis Robertson in 1966, died in Portsmouth, Va., Wednesday of a ruptured aneurysm.

In the 1966 Democratic primary, Mr. Spong upset Mr. Robertson, the father of religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, by 611 votes. He won the general election easily, but when he sought re-election in 1972, he was defeated by Republican Bill Scott.

Bertrand Goldberg, 84, an architect who created Chicago's landmark corncob-shaped twin towers at Marina City and advocated humane public housing, died Wednesday in Chicago.

Lawrence Lachman, 81, the former chairman of Bloomingdale's who helped transform it from a simple department store into a destination for affluent shoppers, died Tuesday in New York.

Joel Pritchard, 72, who enjoyed blurring political lines during a 32-year career as Washington state legislator, congressman and lieutenant governor, died Thursday in Olympia after slipping into a coma. He had battled lymphoma.

A moderate-to-liberal Republican, he practiced centrist politics long before it became fashionable.

Pub Date: 10/12/97

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