Retired Rear Adm. Magruder Hill Tuttle, 90, a World War II...


November 12, 1998

Retired Rear Adm. Magruder Hill Tuttle, 90, a World War II aircraft squadron leader and a postwar carrier commander, died Friday in Pensacola, Fla. He helped form what became the National Museum of Naval Aviation in 1962 when he was chief of air basic training at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Admiral Tuttle also served as tactical test director and then chief of staff to the director of the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.

Rumer Godden, 91, the prolific British author of "Black Narcissus" and "The River" and a writer of children's books that are enjoyed throughout the world, died on Sunday at her home in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

She published some 70 novels, children's books, memoirs, biographies and collections of poetry and stories, many of them set in India, where she spent her childhood and had her first successes as a writer.

Tommy Flowers, 92, who developed a pioneering computer that cracked German military codes in World War II, died Oct. 28 in London.

Szeming Sze, 90, who helped set up the United Nations' World Health Organization and served as the U.N.'s medical director for 20 years, died in Oakmont, Pa., on Oct. 27 after suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Owen Meredith Wilson, 89, former president of the University of Oregon and the University of Minnesota, died in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday of a brain tumor.

Jose "Pepito" Figueroa, 93, a violinist whose 80-year career took him from rural Puerto Rico to the Spanish royal palace, died Monday in San Juan of a heart attack suffered as a result of a fall last week.

Pub Date: 11/12/98

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