Francis Bergan,95, a New York state Court of Appeals judge...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 25, 1998

Francis Bergan,95, a New York state Court of Appeals judge who was known for his decision on a landmark comparative negligence case brought against Dow Chemical, died Monday in Albany, N.Y. His 1972 Court of Appeals decision stemmed from the 1969 death of a granary worker, Ralph Dole, who was overcome by poisonous fumes while cleaning a storage that had hTC recently been fumigated with a Dow insecticide.

James Milholland Jr.,76, a publishing executive for 37 years, died March 16 in State College, Pa. He worked on medical textbooks, farm journals, and even worked with poet Carl Sandburg during his years at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in Cleveland and New York. He later retired as senior vice president.

F. Cecil Brenner,79, a fiber scientist who developed the government standard that rates the safety and performance of automobile tires, died March 19 in Washington of complications after surgery for a brain tumor.

Dennis Frederick,38, a third-grade teacher who drew national attention for continuing to work in the classroom while he battled cancer, died Monday in Sauk Rapids, Minn. He quit teaching in November but continued to visit his pupils and fellow teachers.

Dave Lewis,59, a giant in Northwest music who got national play in the 1960s with "David's Mood" and "Little Green Things," died March 13 of lung cancer in Seattle.

Donald C. Pratt,69, a Republican state representative and chairman of the state highway commission, died Sunday in Rockville, Ind. He served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives for Parke and Montgomery counties from 1967 to 1972. From 1978 to 1981, he was chairman of the Indiana State Highway Commission.

Michael Reardon,60, bartender and part-owner of the former Lion's Head bar and restaurant in New York City's Greenwich Village, died Sunday in Fall River, Mass. He was being treated for cancer.

Leonard "Scottie" Smith,76, who served as Kentucky's AFL-CIO executive secretary-treasurer for 12 years, died Sunday in Louisville, Ky.

Pub Date: 3/25/98

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