Zaccheus Chesoni, 63, Kenya's chief justice, died of a...

Deaths Elsewhere

September 06, 1999

Zaccheus Chesoni, 63, Kenya's chief justice, died of a heart attack yesterday in Nairobi Hospital, Kenya Television reported. Chesoni had reportedly been hospitalized for two weeks after falling ill with bacterial meningitis. Mr. Chesoni was chairman of Kenya's Electoral Commission when he was appointed chief justice by President Daniel T. arap Moi in December 1997 -- the second indigenous Kenyan to hold the highest judicial post in the East African nation since it gained independence from Britain in 1963.

Peter Gilman,73, whose best-selling novel was turned into the movie "Diamond Head," died Wednesday in Hilo, Hawaii. Mr. Gilman was a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in the 1950s when he wrote "Such Sweet Thunder," which topped The New York Times best seller list. Columbia Pictures paid $100,000 for the book, turning it into the 1960 movie starring Charlton Heston.

Almeric L. Christian,79, the first native of the U.S. Virgin Islands to be named a judge in the territory's District Court, died Wednesday at a hospital in Puerto Rico of an undisclosed illness.

Pub Date: 9/06/99

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