William T. Fields, 52, founder of the telecommunications...

Deaths Elsewhere

February 16, 1999

William T. Fields, 52, founder of the telecommunications company that evolved into industry giant MCI-WorldCom, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer in Tupelo, Miss. Mr. Fields was best known for his role in founding Long Distance Discount Service in June 1984. He was one of nine original investors in the company, which took advantage of AT&T's divestiture of its Bell companies in the early 1980s.

Bradford Grow, 89, retired pioneer of naval aviation and decorated veteran of the Guadalcanal campaign, died Thursday in O'Fallon, Ill. He was a retired rear admiral.

Jaki Byard, 76, a pianist, saxophonist and music teacher who recorded with modern-jazz artists Charles Mingus and Rahasaan Roland Kirk, was found shot dead Thursday at his Queens, N.Y., home. Police were investigating the shooting, which went unheard by Mr. Byard's family members, said one of his two daughters, Denise Byard-Mitchell.

Prasit Kanchanawat, 84, a prominent politician in the bloody upheaval that rocked Thailand in the 1970s, died Sunday of cancer in Bangkok.

Dr. Max Samter, 90, a leader in the treatment of people with allergies who was known for his groundbreaking textbook on immunology, died Feb. 9 in Evanston, Ill.

Doug Weston, 72, founder of the nightclub Troubadour that showcased such folk, rock and comedy acts as Joan Baez, Elton John and Lenny Bruce, died Sunday in Hollywood, Calif.

Pub Date: 2/16/99

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