Rear Adm. Chester W. Nimitz Jr., 86, a decorated World...

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January 07, 2002

Rear Adm. Chester W. Nimitz Jr., 86, a decorated World War II submarine veteran and only son of Navy Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, died Wednesday in Needham, Mass., with his wife, Joan Labern Nimitz, 89. The couple faced deteriorating health and took their own lives, a day after a New Year's Day celebration with their family, said their daughter, Betsy Van Dorn.

Mr. Nimitz followed his father to the Naval Academy at Annapolis and the Navy. After graduating from Annapolis in 1936, he served for three years on the cruiser Indianapolis before taking command of two submarines and a submarine division, according to a statement from his family.

Mr. Nimitz retired in 1957 with the rank of captain and was promoted on the retired list by virtue of his combat decorations, which included the Navy Cross, three Silver Stars and the Bronze Star. He worked for four years at Texas Instruments before joining Perkin-Elmer Corp. in Norwalk, Conn., in 1961 and rising to become chief executive officer. He retired in 1980.

Thomas Stuart Estes, 88, a former U.S. ambassador who met with John F. Kennedy in the president's last official Oval Office meeting before his assassination, died Dec. 29 in Bradenton, Fla.

Mr. Estes served as the first U.S. ambassador to West Africa's Republic of Upper Volta, now known as Burkina Faso, from 1961 until a coup there in 1966. He met with Mr. Kennedy in November 1963 just before the president was assassinated.

Mr. Estes worked for the American Legation in Thailand until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941 and he and his new bride were taken as prisoners of war. They were later exchanged for Japanese prisoners of war.

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