Jennings Randolph,96, a former U.S. senator from West...


May 11, 1998

Jennings Randolph,96, a former U.S. senator from West Virginia who wrote the constitutional amendment that gave 18-year-olds the right to vote, died Friday in St. Louis.

The Democrat served four full terms in the Senate from 1958 to 1985 and seven terms in the House of Representatives from 1933 to 1947.

The 26th Amendment, ratified in 1972, lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. He introduced the amendment 11 times before Congress approved it.

Col. Donald Conroy,77, the father of best-selling author Pat Conroy and the subject of his son's novel "The Great Santini," died Saturday of colon cancer in Beaufort, S.C.

Colonel Conroy, a Marine fighter pilot nicknamed "The Great Santini," spent 33 years in the service until he retired in 1974. He gained notoriety as the subject of his son's book, "The Great Santini." In the movie version, actor Robert Duvall played the lead role of Bull Meecham and was nominated for an Academy Award.

The author acknowledged that his father did not fully embrace his portrayal as a tough, disciplinarian who couldn't bear losing to anyone, not even members of his family. The author said his father was troubled by his portrait of him in "The Great Santini."

Carlton Tucker,38, a nine-time national sailing champion, died Thursday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after suffering a heart attack.

Roy Eckardt,79, a pioneer in the study of Christian-Jewish relations and professor at Lehigh University, died Tuesday in Coopersburg, Pa. He served as chairman of the religion studies department for most of the 31 years he worked at Lehigh, between 1951 and 1982.

Mr. Eckardt, a clergyman in the United Methodist Church, wrote 18 books, including "Black-Woman-Jew: Three Wars for Human Liberation" (1989) and "Elder and Younger Brothers: The Encounter of Jews and Christians" (1968).

Pub Date: 5/11/98

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