Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 18, 2003

Sewell C. Biggs, 88, an art collector and philanthropist who founded a Delaware museum that bears his name, died Thursday.

Mr. Biggs collapsed aboard a train while traveling from his home in Wilmington to an antique show and Americana auctions in New York City, colleagues said. He was taken to a hospital in Trenton, N.J., where he was pronounced dead.

Having amassed a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and silver, Mr. Biggs established a permanent home for them in 1993, when the Biggs Museum of American Art opened in Dover. The museum's permanent collection contains about 500 works, documented in a two-volume catalogue published last month.

Robert F. MacLeod, 85, an All-American football player at Dartmouth College in the 1930s who went on to fashion a career in magazine publishing, died Monday in Santa Monica, Calif., of complications from a stroke he suffered just before Thanksgiving.

Born in Glen Ellyn, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Mr. MacLeod was a standout on offense as a halfback and on on defense for the Dartmouth team coached by Earl "Red" Blaik. He was an All-American in 1937 and 1938. He placed fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1938.

After World War II, Mr. MacLeod decided not to return to football and started a career in magazine publishing, first at Liberty magazine and then at Hearst Corp. By the late 1950s, he was vice president and advertising director of 13 Hearst publications, including House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, Popular Mechanics and Harper's Bazaar.

He left Hearst in 1961 to become publisher of Seventeen magazine. Two years later, he moved to California as marketing head of Subscription Television, an early cable/pay television enterprise that had little success.

Robert Braidwood and Linda Braidwood, archaeologists who were married for 66 years and worked side by side at the University of Chicago, died of pneumonia within hours of each other Wednesday. He was 95 and she was 93.

The couple, who had been living in LaPorte, Ind., trained some of the country's best-known archaeologists and co-wrote dozens of scientific publications. They were so well known as a team that they were often referred to as "LinBob."

She studied ancient tools; he, the rise of civilizations. A 1989 dig in Turkey was their last, although they continued to teach and do research at the university's Oriental Institute.

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