Col. Francis J. Kelly, 78, who devised Army plans for...


January 05, 1998

Col. Francis J. Kelly, 78, who devised Army plans for unconventional warfare in the early 1960s, then commanded the Special Forces in Vietnam when the Green Berets were earning a formidable reputation for battlefield heroics, died Dec. 26 at Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Aurora, Colo.

As commander of all Special Forces in Vietnam from June 1966 to June 1967, Colonel Kelly led an elite corps of a few thousand men who teamed up with South Vietnamese soldiers and ethnic-minority civilian irregulars such as Montagnard tribesmen to wage counterinsurgency warfare against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese in some of the most remote areas of South Vietnam.

When it came to running the Special Forces' war, Colonel Kelly, a combat veteran of World War II, took part in many missions, but loathed excesses of bravado that made it seem the Green Berets were not part of the regular Army.

He made that clear when he addressed a group of incoming officers at his headquarters in Nha Trang, South Vietnam, in January 1967, warning: "This is no game for clowns. I haven't got any time for boozers or cheaters or buglers."

Colonel Kelly received many decorations, including the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. He retired from the Army in 1972 and a year later wrote, "United States Army Special Forces, 1961-1971," now a part of the Department of the Army's series of books analyzing its role in the Vietnam War. He later obtained a doctorate in political science from the University of Denver and taught at Loretto Heights College in Denver.

William R. Kelly, 92, who founded the company that helped launch the temporary worker industry, died Saturday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mr. Kelly was the founder and chairman of Troy, Mich.-based xTC Kelly Temporary Services Inc., which began in 1946 in a small Detroit office and last year had 750,000 employees in all 50 states.

George Irving Jr., 87, a food-safety expert who led a major federal study that found most food additives to be safe but recommended limits on added salt, died Dec. 27 at his home in Bethesda.

In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon asked the Food and Drug Administration to review "the GRAS list" of food substances -- those classified as "generally recognized as safe." Mr. Irving, a biochemist who led the Agricultural Research Service, was asked to set up a national panel of experts to do the study.

The panel recommended restrictions on added salt, four modified starches used as thickening agents, and lactic acid and calcium lactate, which had been used in infant formulas. It concluded that added salt should be tightly restricted, and prohibited in some foods, saying reductions would help the 10 percent to 30 percent of the population with a tendency toward )) high blood pressure.

Howard Gilman, 73, a paper magnate and benefactor of dance, endangered species and AIDS research, has died in Yulee, Fla.

Mr. Gilman, who died from a heart attack, was chairman and chief executive officer of Gilman Paper Co., the country's largest privately held paper company.

Philip Guest Adams, 5, who starred in radio shows and was music director of "American Bandstand," died Saturday in Dover, Del.

His acting career in New York included appearances on "Gangbusters," "The Green Hornet" and other radio programs. In Philadelphia, he was the host of "The Musical Clock," "Tiny Tot Time" and "The Stu Wayne Show."

Donald Stabler, 89, a businessman whose fondness for Lehigh University stretched more than 65 years and thousands of dollars, died Dec. 30 in Bethlehem, Pa.

Pub Date: 1/05/98

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