Fay Gordon,101, a penmanship teacher whom television...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 20, 1998

Fay Gordon,101, a penmanship teacher whom television personality Johnny Carson called one of the biggest influences of his life, died Sunday in Norfolk, Neb.

John Hawkes,72, an experimental novelist who was considered a leader among American postmodernists, died Friday in Providence, R.I., of a stroke suffered May 11 during heart surgery. Mr. Hawkes, in 16 novels, a play and other works over six decades, used a precise, lyrical style to focus on unusual topics.

William A. Hewitt,83, a former U.S. ambassador who led Deere & Co. for nearly three decades, died Saturday in Moline, Ill.

Ross Pendergraft,72, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Donrey Media Group of newspapers, died Sunday in Fort Smith, Ark., of stomach cancer.

Pub Date: 5/20/98

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