William Butterfield Decker, 73, a novelist and former...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 11, 2000

William Butterfield Decker, 73, a novelist and former New York editor, died Thursday in Ashland, Ore., of complications from a stroke. He wrote two novels -- "To Be A Man" in 1967 and "Holdout" in 1979 -- and edited such authors as Earnest Gaines ("The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman"), Larry McMurtry ("The Last Picture Show"), and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wallace Stegner.

Jerome Goldstein,, 77, who began selling Scott's Liquid Gold furniture polish from his garage and turned it into a nationally known brand, died Wednesday in Denver after a long battle with large-cell lymphoma.

Thomas J. MacBride,85, a former California state assemblyman and federal judge who presided over the trial of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, died Thursday. Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, was convicted of attempting to kill former President Gerald R. Ford in 1975.

Stefan Savov,76, a dissident who rose to become speaker of Bulgaria's parliament, died yesterday, the national news agency BTA said. The cause was not given, but BTA said he suffered from a prolonged illness.

Makhmud Esambayev,75, a renowned Chechen dancer who thrilled audiences in the Soviet Union for decades, died Friday, the news agency ITAR-Tass reported. The report, citing information from a Chechen cultural society, said Esambayev died in Moscow of an unspecified ailment.

Edward T. Hanley, 67, who led a national union for hotel and restaurant workers for 25 years before retiring in 1998 amid a federal corruption probe, was killed Friday in a head-on collision on a country highway in Land O' Lakes, Wis., Vilas County Sheriff's Department officials said. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Bruno Zevi, 81, an architect and architectural historian who was a fervent opponent of fascism in politics as well as in building design, died Sunday at home in Rome.

He died after a coughing attack brought on by the flu, Italian media reported. He was an innovator in modernist architecture, supporting the argument that organic form, not classic symmetry, was the key to modern design.

A Harvard graduate, he was a professor at the universities of Venice and Rome. Pieces he wrote helped popularize the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the theory behind organic architecture, a concept that fuses architecture and nature.

Robert B. Crosby, 88, known as the "Boy Governor from North Platte" when he served as Nebraska's chief executive from 1953 to 1955, died Friday in Lincoln, Neb. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer.

A Republican, he was elected to the state Legislature in 1941 when he was 29. Two years later, he was chosen speaker, the youngest state senator up to that time to hold the post. He was 42 when he became governor.

Retired Col. Arthur Poindexter, 82, a highly decorated Marine who was held for months as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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