Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 01, 2004

Ciro DiGiacomo, 70, a retired photographer with The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. and other publications, died Monday, according to the newspaper.

Mr. DiGiacomo worked for The Star-Ledger from 1977 until 2000, when he retired as head of the photo department at the paper's State House bureau. He then began a freelance photography business.

Before joining the Ledger, Mr. DiGiacomo worked for the Delaware County Daily Times in Pennsylvania, the Courier Post in Camden and the Catholic Star-Herald.

Mr. DiGiacomo received many awards, including the New Jersey Photographer of the Year from the New Jersey Press Photographers Association.

During the Korean War, Mr. DiGiacomo received the Purple Heart. The Camden County Board of Freeholders recently honored Mr. DiGiacomo with a Korean War Service Award.

Susan Eaton, 46, a nursing home researcher and assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, died Tuesday of leukemia, her father said.

Ms. Eaton worked as an union organizer for 12 years before joining Harvard's faculty in 2000.

She researched and wrote about health care management, women's role in union leadership, work-family issues and gender equality in the workplace. She was an editor of Civic Practices Network, an online publication.

Samuel Nabrit, 98, a former president of Texas Southern University who worked as a marine biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod, Mass., died Tuesday.

Mr. Nabrit conducted research from 1927 to 1932 on the tail fins of fish. His findings about the size and growth rate of fins in regeneration was widely published in scientific journals. He became the second black scientist to become a board member of the Marine Biological Laboratory Corp., which operates the Woods Hole labs.

Mr. Nabrit was chairman of Morehouse College's biology department from 1932 to 1947 and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Atlanta University from 1947 to 1955. He was president of Texas Southern in Houston from 1955 to 1966.

He was a member of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission -- now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- from 1966 to 1969, a member of the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation from 1956 to 1961, and a special ambassador to Niger from 1960 to 1962.

W. James Samford Jr., 53, a politically active lawyer who served as president pro tem of Auburn University's board of trustees for a decade, died Monday after a lengthy illness, his family said.

Mr. Samford served in the Air Force until 1975. He worked as an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington.

Returning to Alabama in 1980, Mr. Samford was appointed president of the state Public Service Commission.

Last April, Auburn's baseball stadium was renamed the W. James Samford Stadium at Plainsman Park. Mr. Samford had led efforts for construction of the park in 1996 and renovations to it in 2001.

Joseph Warshaw, 67, dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine for the past three years, died Monday of multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer, according to university officials.

He was a professor of pediatrics at the university and an attending physician in pediatrics at Fletcher Allen Health Care hospital.

Among Dr. Warshaw's accomplishments at the university were the launch of a joint program leading to a medical degree and a doctorate. He also oversaw the launch of the university's first new medical curriculum in 35 years.

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