Rusty Burrell 76, a retired sheriff's deputy who later...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 20, 2002

Rusty Burrell

76, a retired sheriff's deputy who later served as bailiff on the reality television show The People's Court, died Monday at his home in Rosemead, Calif.

Mr. Burrell, who spent 25 of his 31 years in law enforcement in the court system, was suffering from lung cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The white-haired lawman was a real-life bailiff during a number of high- profile trials, including cult-killer Charles Manson and Patty Hearst, the newspaper heiress kidnapped by radicals who was later accused of joining their crimes.

Mr. Burrell often worked with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Wapner, who was chosen to preside over The People's Court, dispensing stern lectures with his settlement decisions.

Helen Levitov Sobell

84, who led a campaign to free former husband Morton Sobell when he was jailed for selling atomic secrets to the Russians in the 1950s, died Monday in a Redwood City, Calif., nursing home after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, her former husband said.

Ms. Sobell was best known for her campaign to free her husband, a co-defendant in the Rosenberg spy trial. Morton Sobell was arrested in 1950 and later sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit espionage.

Ms. Sobell separated from her husband in 1980 after earning a doctorate in computer education.

Wesley Howe

80, the former chief executive, president and chairman of Becton Dickinson & Co., died at his home in Franklin Lakes, N.J.

Mr. Howe suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.

He joined the Franklin Lakes-based medical device manufacturer, now known as BD Co., as a plant layout engineer in 1949. He held several posts with the company before resigning as chairman in 1992 due to health reasons.

Mr. Howe received two degrees from Steven's Institute of Technology and later served as chairman of its board of trustees. Steven's named its school of technical management in Mr. Howe's honor after he pledged a gift of $6.3 million.

Charles H. Mullen

74, former chairman and chief executive officer of the American Tobacco Co., died Sunday.

The Darien, Conn., resident joined the company as a salesman in 1950 after a career as a radio and television actor. He was elected chairman and chief executive officer in 1988. He also served as president from 1987 to 1991. He retired in 1992.

American Tobacco, based in Stamford, Conn., was the fifth-largest company in its industry in 1991, with sales of more than $1.6 billion.

In 1942, he began a career as a radio actor, appearing on programs such as Coast to Coast on a Bus, Dick Tracy and Believe it or Not.

He also had a starring role in the radio version of the comic strip Archie.

Mr. Mullen had a brief television career.

He was host of a CBS children's program and acted in the live broadcast on Robert Montgomery Presents.

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