Richard Wesley Hamming,82, whose mathematical genius made...


January 10, 1998

Richard Wesley Hamming,82, whose mathematical genius made possible everything from compact disks and video recorders to digital images from outer space, died in Monterey, ZTC Calif., Wednesday of a heart attack. Hamming helped spur the computer revolution by developing codes allowing computers to fix their own mistakes. The "Hamming codes" are used to enhance the reliability of most of today's microchip devices.

Dean X Johnson,42, a composer, conductor and choral arranger who worked with singers including Eartha Kitt and Stockard Channing, died of AIDS in New York Sunday.

Mae Questel,89, the cartoon voice of Betty Boop, and Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea in the "Popeye" cartoons, died Sunday in New York. Her recording of "On the Good Ship Lollipop" -- in Betty Boop's voice -- sold more than 2 million copies.

Dorothy Harrison Cate Frist,87, the widow of the doctor whose company evolved into the nation's largest hospital chain, died in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. Her husband, Thomas Frist Sr., a co-founder of Hospital Corp. of America, which evolved into Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., died Sunday, also at the age of 87.

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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