Donald Engen,75, head of the Smithsonian Institution's...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 15, 1999

Donald Engen,75, head of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, died Tuesday near Minden, Nev., when his glider broke apart and crashed. William Ivans, an internationally known pilot who was flying the motorized glider, was also killed. Mr. Engen, of Arlington, Va., had been director of the Air and Space Museum in Washington since 1996. He was administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration from 1984 to 1987, and earlier served for two years on the National Transportation Safety Board.

Clarence L. Harris,94, manager of the Greensboro, N.C., F. W. Woolworth Store lunch counter where the sit-in movement for civil rights caught fire, died Monday in Greensboro. It was at Harris' downtown diner where, on Feb. 1, 1960, four students from North Carolina A&T State University refused to leave the segregated lunch counter after being refused service. Black students in other cities drew inspiration from the protests to begin similar sit-ins.

Igor Belsky,74, the former choreographer of Russia's famed Kirov ballet, died July 3 of natural causes at his home in St. Petersburg, a spokesman at the Kirov Ballet Theater said Monday. He graduated from the Leningrad Ballet School in 1943 and became a leading dancer with the Kirov.

Larry Kitto,52, a lobbyist who was a powerful force for American Indian tribes in Minnesota and who was fined in connection with a federal investigation of the Interior Department, died Friday of a bacterial infection. He was a member of the Santee Sioux tribe and represented many of Minnesota's Dakota and Ojibwa tribes at the state Capitol.

Charles R. English,61, a Hollywood attorney whose clients included Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin, James Woods and rocker Tommy Lee, died Saturday in Los Angeles from complications of a brain tumor. He was chairman of the American Bar Association's national standards committee and was named Outstanding Defense Attorney by the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1998.

J. Howard Rogers,80, a longtime gospel singer who was a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame, died Sunday in Paris, Texas. His gospel career stretched back 74 years and included numerous awards. He was a charter member of the Southern Gospel Music Association and was a dean of the SGMA School of Music for 14 years.

Geno Saccomanno,84, who devoted a 50-year career to lung cancer research, died Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo. He was also credited with inventing medical instruments, including a brush to take cervical samples for PAP smears.

Pub Date: 7/15/99

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