Richard Eberling, 68, accused by Dr. Sam Sheppard's son of...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 26, 1998

Richard Eberling, 68, accused by Dr. Sam Sheppard's son of killing the doctor's wife, the crime that helped Inspire "The Fugitive," died yesterday.

Mr. Eberling, serving time for an unrelated killing, died in a prison hospital ward, said Joe Andrews, a spokesman for the Ohio prisons system.

Dr Sheppard's son. Sam Reese Sheppard, said it, was Mr. Eberling, not his father, who killed Marilyn Sheppard in 1954 at the Sheppards' home in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village.

Dr. Sheppard was convicted of murder and spent 10 years in prison until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction. He was acquitted at a retrial in 1966.

Harvie Branscomb, 103, the former Vanderbilt University chancellor credited with guiding the school to national recognition, died Friday. Mr. Branscornb, a theologian and educator, headed Vanderbilt from 1946 to 1963.

Ralph Newman, 86, a book dealer and Abraham Lincoln specialist who provided books to every president from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton, died Thursday.

Mr. Newman whose Chicago bookstore was a favorite haunt of poet Carl Sandburg, wrote and edited about 20 books, including "Lincoln for the Ages" (1959) and "The American Iliad" (1947), a Civil War history.

In 1975, he was convicted of signing an affidavit that supported a fraudulent date on President Richard M. Nixon's gift of his, prepresidential papers to the federal government. The gift had been backdated for tax purposes. Mr. Newman was iined $10,000.

Thomas Steel, 48, an activist lawyer whose clients included Black Panther leader Huey Newton, died in San Francisco July 18 of complications of AIDS. Mr. Steel, whose father and grandfather, were were judges, devoted much of his 23-year legal career to civil rights, freedom of expression and gay rights causes.

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