Robert Thomas Jones, 89, who began his career as a...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 14, 1999

Robert Thomas Jones, 89, who began his career as a handyman for a flying circus and later developed a wing design as a NASA scientist that revolutionized air travel, died Wednesday in Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Before he designed swept-back wings in 1944, jet wings were built perpendicular to the fuselage. Pivoting them back created less wind resistance, allowing for supersonic speeds with the same engine power. Virtually every commercial and military jet uses the design today.

Tommy Ridgley, 73, a veteran vocalist from the golden age of New Orleans rhythm and blues, died in New Orleans on Wednesday of lung cancer.

Ernesto Melo Antunes, 66, one of the architects of the 1974 military revolt that led to the restoration of democracy in Portugal, died of cancer Tuesday in Lisbon, his family said.

Ignatz Bubis, 72, a Jew who survived the Nazis and returned to Germany to become a champion of the nation's Jews and its "Voice of the Conscience," died yesterday in Frankfurt, Germany.

Jean Drapeau, the autocratic mayor for 29 years who brought Expo 67 and the 1976 Olympics to Montreal, died Thursday at Montreal's Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, where he had been since July 5. At the family's request, the hospital did not disclose the cause of death. Mr. Drapeau had suffered a stroke several years ago.

Whitney Darrow Jr., 89, a popular cartoonist for The New Yorker, died Tuesday in Shelburne, Vt. The New Yorker published more than 1,500 of Mr. Darrow's cartoons during a 50-year career that started in the 1930s.

Frank Enright, 72, the mayor of Portage, Ohio, was killed Thursday when he touched a 2,400-volt power line while doing electrical work in Haskins, Ohio.

Pub Date: 8/14/99

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