Jester Hairston, 98, who appeared on radio and TV's...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 22, 2000

Jester Hairston, 98, who appeared on radio and TV's "Amos 'n' Andy" but was probably best known to a younger generation of fans as the wise old church member Rolly on the situation comedy "Amen," died Tuesday in Los Angeles. Mr. Hairston made inroads as a black character actor, appearing often as a domestic or, in several Tarzan movies, as a native.

Although those roles, and his work on "Amos 'n' Andy," were criticized in later years as perpetuating racial stereotypes, Mr. Hairston said he took what work he could get and helped pave the way for younger black actors to find better jobs later.

Saeb Salam, 95, who was Lebanon's prime minister five times and was the last surviving statesmen who fought for Lebanon's independence from France, died yesterday in Beirut.

David Riley, 50, the United Nations' refugee agency's highest official in Kosovo, died Thursday in Pristina, Yugoslavia, of natural causes.

Don W. Samuelson, 86, a former Republican Idaho governor, died in Boise Thursday of a heart attack. Despite his party's legislative majority, Samuelson set a record in 1967 when he vetoed 39 bills sent to him by lawmakers. He served one term.

G. Ledyard Stebbins Jr., 94, a pioneer in the study of plant evolution, died in Davis, Calif., Wednesday of cancer.

Hazel Wolf, 101, a longtime environmental activist who helped found 21 chapters of the Audubon Society in the Pacific Northwest, died Wednesday in Seattle.

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