Alice Adams, 72, a longtime short-story writer for The New...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 29, 1999

Alice Adams, 72, a longtime short-story writer for The New Yorker and a novelist whose "Superior Women" became a best seller, died Thursday in San Francisco. Ms. Adams, who wrote 10 novels and had five short-story collections, had been treated for heart problems earlier in the week and apparently died in her sleep Thursday, said her editor, Victoria Wilson. "Superior Women," which traced the lives of five Radcliffe women, became a best seller in 1984.

Ed Peterson, 78, inventor of the alarm that beeps to warn people when trucks and heavy machinery are backing up, died Wednesday in Boise, Idaho. Peterson also invented collapsible luggage carriers, home security alarms and automotive electrical devices.

Pub Date: 5/29/99

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