Francisco "Soc" Rodrigo, 83, a former Filipino senator who...


January 07, 1998

Francisco "Soc" Rodrigo, 83, a former Filipino senator who was jailed three times for his opposition to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died Sunday in Manila.

Buck Ramsey, 59, a singing cowboy who chronicled cowboy life in his prose, poetry and music, died Saturday in Amarillo, Texas. The cause of death has not been determined.

Presley Wayne Spriet, 18, a country music singer honored in Nashville as "young performer of the year" in 1996, was found dead Thursday in Baker City, Ore., from a gunshot wound to the head. The wound "was either self-inflicted or caused by an accident," said Baker County District Attorney Gregory Baxter.

James Welsch, 80, a municipal judge who was scheduled to take office this year as president of the National Municipal Judge Association, died Friday in Bloomfield, N.M., of complications of pneumonia.

John Williams, 83, an author of guidebooks to the birds and butterflies of Africa, died Dec. 28 in Leicester, England.

Edward Peters, 88, a nationally known labor leader and author, died Friday in Los Angeles after a bout with pneumonia.

Richard Elman, 63, a novelist and poet who for many years taught at the Bennington College Summer Writing Workshops, died of lung cancer Dec. 31 in New York.

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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