Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 26, 2002

Frances Humphrey Howard, 88, the younger sister of the late Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey Jr. and public service activist, died Monday in Washington of congestive heart failure.

A prominent Washington socialite, Mrs. Howard worked for several government and nonprofit agencies for nearly 60 years. She also worked for the National Institutes of Health as a liaison officer, developing policies and programs for medical libraries.

Her lengthy resume dates to the early 1940s when she served as an assistant for Eleanor Roosevelt in the National Civil Defense Office and for the United Nations Association.

Stephanie Reinhart, 58, co-director of the American Dance Festival and co-artistic director for dance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, died of leukemia Monday in New York.

A longtime champion of modern dance, she traveled worldwide in search of troupes to introduce to American audiences. She presented a Japanese butoh group, China's first contemporary dance company and modern French dancers. Most recently, she traveled to Russia and Argentina.

She won an Emmy this year as executive producer of PBS'Great Performances series' Dance in America: Free to Dance -- Steps of the Gods.

Bob Wallace,53, a software pioneer who was Microsoft Corp.'s ninth employee, died Friday at his home in San Rafael, Calif. An autopsy was pending.

Mr. Wallace worked at Seattle's first computer store, which was a hangout for hobbyists. It was there that he saw a sign that Bill Gates had taped up seeking programmers to work at his new company.

Soon after Mr. Wallace joined Microsoft, it started growing. But he quit in 1983 to start his own company, Quicksoft. He left with 450 shares of Microsoft stock that multiplied with stock splits to more than 100,000.

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