Jerry Loftis, 29, a Californian who helped pioneer sky...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 17, 1998

Jerry Loftis, 29, a Californian who helped pioneer sky surfing, was killed Friday when his parachute failed to deploy during a sky dive in Quincy, Ill. He was sky surfing at the World Free Fall Convention when his parachute malfunctioned at 16,000 feet, said Adams County coroner Gary Hamilton.

Joel Barr, 82, an electronics engineer linked to executive spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg who defected to the Soviet bloc in 1950 and became a leading force in the Kremlin's computer industry, died Aug. 1 in a Moscow hospital.

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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