C. Eric Lincoln, 75, a longtime Duke University...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 15, 2000

C. Eric Lincoln, 75, a longtime Duke University professor who was among the leading scholars of black religious life, died yesterday in Durham, N.C. The cause of death was not determined yesterday.

A professor emeritus at Duke, he was an author or editor of 22 books. His most well-known books were "The Black Muslims in America," written in 1961, and "The Black Church in the African-American Experience," written in 1990 with a former student.

"The Black Church" book, considered the definitive work on the subject, revealed the strength of the black church in the United States but also raised troubling issues, including the failure of the black church to pay attention to young black males and the lack of young blacks entering the ministry.

His most recent work, "Coming Through the Fire: Surviving Race and Place in America," took a personal look at racism in America. He recalled a situation while growing up in Alabama when he said he was beaten after objecting to receiving only a nickel for a sack of cotton that should have brought him more than $3.

Dong Kingman, 89, a watercolorist whose work is in the permanent collections of several major museums, died Friday of pancreatic cancer in New York.

His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the DeYoung Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Hirshhorn Museum.

He had long been fascinated by the movies, and his watercolors also were used to set the visual moods in films including "Flower Drum Song" and "55 Days at Peking." He served as a technical adviser to "The World of Suzie Wong."

Donald George Bollinger, 85, the founder of Bollinger Shipyards Inc. and an influential Republican in Louisiana politics, died Saturday of heart failure in Raceland, La. A machinist, he started the family company in 1946 in a backyard shop. Today, the company has eight shipyards throughout southern Louisiana.

As a political activist, he helped to build the state GOP from a virtual nonentity into a powerful force.

Harry J. Volk, 94, an innovative leader who successfully led Union Bank through recession, died Friday in Los Angeles. He divided his long career between Prudential Insurance Co. and Union Bank, and left a lasting imprint on the insurance and banking industries.

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