Manuel Chavez,73, a United Farm Workers activist, died in...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 03, 1999

Manuel Chavez,73, a United Farm Workers activist, died in San Diego Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was a farm worker who went on to become a key organizer for the union, which successfully sought to represent tens of thousands of farm workers across the nation during the 1960s and 1970s.

He was a cousin and confidant of labor leader Cesar Chavez, who died in 1993.

Mary Allen Rowlands,94, artist-actress and mother of actress Gena Rowlands, died Friday in Los Angeles.

Ed Peterson,78, inventor of the alarm that beeps to warn people when trucks and heavy machinery are backing up, died May 26 in Boise, Idaho.

Alice Adams,72, a longtime writer of short stories for the New Yorker magazine and a novelist whose "Superior Women" became a best seller, died May 27 in San Francisco.

Kathleen Kellogg Meserve,93, an amateur horticulturist from Long Island who produced hardy holly hybrids that have become standard in nurseries and gardens in the United States and Europe, died May 23 at her home in Vero Beach, Fla.

Frank Gunther,91, who devised some of the first radio communications devices, died May 24 in Venice, Fla. He helped create shortwave, two-way and FM systems, often working with the military and police and fire departments. In 1932, he built what is believed to be the first two-way mobile police radio system for the Bayonne (N.J.) Police Department.

Richard Ray,72, a former U.S. representative known for his advocacy for veterans and the military bases in his west Georgia district, died Saturday in Macon, Ga., from complications related to emergency surgery to replace a heart valve last week. He was 72.

Mr. Ray was elected to Congress in 1982 after 10 years as an aide to Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn. He was defeated in 1992 and started a consulting firm in Virginia.


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