Clyde Lee Conrad, 50, a former Army sergeant convicted of...


January 13, 1998

Clyde Lee Conrad, 50, a former Army sergeant convicted of treason in 1990 for leaking NATO and American secrets to the former Soviet bloc, died in prison in Koblenz, Germany, where he was serving a life sentence. Prosecutors in Koblenz confirmed yesterday that he died Thursday, apparently of heart failure. An autopsy has been ordered. Sergeant Conrad was convicted in 1990 of masterminding an espionage ring that sold highly sensitive information to Hungarian and Czechoslovakian DTC intelligence agents from 1975 through 1985, when he retired after 20 years in the military. Because he had retired in then-West Germany with his German wife and son, he had to be prosecuted by German authorities. The German court found he had compromised the West's entire defense capability in exchange for an estimated $1.2 million. A native of Sebring, Ohio, Sergeant Conrad had been in charge of the classified document center at the Army's 8th Infantry Division 50 miles west of Frankfurt.

Bill Anderson, 86, a longtime Walt Disney producer whose credits included the movie "Old Yeller," died Dec. 28 from injuries suffered in a fall, the company said Friday in Burbank, Calif.

Walter E. Diemer, 93, the inventor of the first commercial bubble gum, died Thursday of congestive heart failure in Lancaster, Pa. He came up with Double Bubble in 1928 when he was working as an accountant for the Philadelphia gum maker Fleer Corp.

Paul H. Dunn, 73, a Mormon leader who was regarded as one of the church's most inspirational speakers until it was learned that his tales of war heroics and sports feats were fabrications, died ,, Friday of a heart attack in Salt Lake City.

Walter "Piggy" Barnes, 79, a former professional football player who also appeared in a number of movies with Clint Eastwood, died last Tuesday of complications from diabetes at the Motion Picture-TV Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. After playing for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1948 to 1951, he began acting. He played Sheriff Sam Shaw in "High Plains Drifter" with Mr. Eastwood in 1973.

Pub Date: 1/13/98

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