William J. Smith, 91, an attorney and adviser who served...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 07, 2000

William J. Smith, 91, an attorney and adviser who served five Arkansas governors from the 1930s to the 1960s, died Tuesday. Sometimes referred to as "the other governor," Mr. Smith received the most attention during his years as Gov. Orval E. Faubus' legislative director and personal adviser. His association with the state's governors began in 1936, when Gov. Carl Bailey appointed him to the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission. He later worked for governors Homer Adkins, Ben Laney, Francis Cherry and Faubus.

Mike Steele, 58, who recently retired as an arts critic at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, died Wednesday in St. Louis Park, Minn. Mr. Steele was a respected critic who spent three decades with the paper after being hired in 1966 to write about culture. He retired last September after doctors discovered he had liver cancer.

Leverett G. Richards,92, who traveled to the North Pole, the South Pole and 75 countries in between as an adventurer, aviator and reporter for the Portland Oregonian, died Thursday night in Vancouver, Wash.

Mr. Richards joined the Oregonian staff in late 1935. Even after his 1986 retirement, he continued to work as a part-time feature writer for the newspaper.

Mary Louise Rambin,82, a former Women's Air Corps poster girl, died Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla. Ms. Rambin, from Pittsburgh, enlisted in the service in World War II and was picked by four generals to become the first poster girl for recruiting and bond sales for the Army during World War II.

Robert L. Scales,73, a longtime employee of the Associated Press and the driving force behind the United Telegraph Workers/Communication Workers of America Associated Press division, died Thursday in Miami of complications from pancreatic cancer.

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