Raymond Edde, 87, a Lebanese politician who spent 24...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 12, 2000

Raymond Edde, 87, a Lebanese politician who spent 24 years in self-imposed exile, refusing to return to his homeland unless Syria and Israel withdrew their troops, died Wednesday in Paris.

A Christian, Mr. Edde was a moderate who advocated coexistence with other political and religious groups in Lebanon.

Mr. Edde represented the Byblos district north of Beirut in the Lebanese parliament from 1953 to 1976, except for a one-year absence in 1964. He ran unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 1958 and 1976 and held Cabinet positions.

Mr. Edde went into self-imposed exile in 1976 after surviving three assassination attempts.

Hans Juergensen, 80, a former University of South Florida humanities professor who was named Florida's poet of the year three times, died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. Mr. Juergensen escaped the Holocaust and fought against the Germans as a U.S. soldier.

He was a professor emeritus at the college and wrote at least 18 books.

In 1965, 1968 and 1974, Mr. Juergensen was selected poet of the year for the state.

James Wiley, 81, one of the first 24 fliers in the Tuskegee Airmen, the highly decorated all-black 99th Fighter Squadron during World War II, died May 3 in Seattle

During the war, he flew a P-40 War Hawk in 101 missions over southern Europe with the squadron, one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history.

Under Tuskegee Airmen escort, no U.S. bomber was lost to enemy action on a combat mission. The unit earned 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit, eight Purple Hearts and three Presidential Unit citations.

David W. Williams, 90, the first black federal judge west of the Mississippi River, died Saturday of pneumonia. He was 90.

Judge Williams was appointed to the federal court in Los Angeles in 1969.

He handled about 4,000 criminal cases stemming from the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles.

As a lawyer in the 1940s, he joined a small group of black attorneys who worked with Thurgood Marshall, then head of the legal defense arm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to fight restrictive covenants that barred minorities from living in many parts of Los Angeles.

The covenants were declared unconstitutional in 1948.

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