Larry "Scrappy" Blumer, 80, a highly decorated World War...


October 28, 1997

Larry "Scrappy" Blumer, 80, a highly decorated World War II pilot best known for shooting down five German planes in 15 minutes in August 1944, died of leukemia Thursday in Springfield, Ore.

Phineas Indritz, 81, a civil rights lawyer and counsel to several House of Representatives committees, died of cancer Oct. 15 in New York.

George Everard Kidder Smith, 83, a historian, author and photographer, died Oct. 8 in New York from bronchectasis.

Marie Raabe, 82, a vaudeville performing midget and wife of a "Wizard of Oz" Munchkin, died Wednesday of injuries from a car accident in Penney Farms, Fla. Her husband, Meinhart Raabe, also 82, who played the Munchkin coroner in the 1939 movie, was in good condition with a broken ankle and broken ribs.

Harold Webster Smith, 86, who started his first bank with a few thousand dollars and built it into the billion-dollar Webster Financial Corp., died Friday in Waterbury, Conn.

Justice Harold J. Rothwax, 67, the tart-tongued judge who presided at the child-battering trial of Joel Steinberg and wrote a book on problems of the criminal justice system, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday in New York.

Pilar Miro, 57, who helped televise the weddings of Spain's two princesses and won this year's Goya award for best director, died of heart failure Oct. 19 in Madrid.

Dr. Thomas H. Hunter, 84, a former dean, chancellor and vice president at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, died Thursday in Charlottesville. He was a pioneer in the treatment of infectious diseases by the time he arrived at Virginia in 1953 to become dean of the medical school.

Omer Westendorf, 81, a publisher, composer and musician whose hymns are used in Roman Catholic Church services around the world, died Wednesday in Cincinnati. He was known for hymns that expressed liturgical reforms after the Second Vatican Council.

Pub Date: 10/28/97

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