Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

November 04, 2003

Frank McCloskey, 64, an outspoken champion of Bosnia during his 12 years in Congress, died Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., of bladder cancer. He represented southwestern Indiana's 8th District in the House from 1983 to 1995.

Mr. McCloskey made several trips to Bosnia during his years in Congress, and called in 1992 for selective air strikes against Serb forces if they continued their siege of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He later criticized the Clinton administration's handling of the Bosnian conflict and called for the resignation of then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher, warning that Serbs were committing genocide in Bosnia.

He also called for war crime trials for Serb leaders, specifically Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, who was ousted in 2000 and is on trial in The Hague, Netherlands.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. McCloskey went to high school in Norristown, Pa., and entered the Air Force immediately after graduation. He later earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, and was elected mayor of Bloomington in 1972.

Ron Davies, 57, a songwriter whose work was recorded by several rock 'n' roll and country acts including David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Vince Gill, died Thursday in Nashville after a heart attack.

Mr. Davies was the older brother of country singer Gail Davies. He began his music career at age 17, and his songs have been recorded by a wide range of artists.

Among his compositions are "It Ain't Easy," recorded by Mr. Bowie and Three Dog Night; "Long, Hard Climb," by Helen Reddy and Maria Muldaur; "The Man I Used to Be" by Jerry Jeff Walker; and "Waitin' on a Dark-Eyed Girl" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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