Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 06, 2004

Luke Williams, 80, who with his brother invented the time and temperature sign common on office buildings throughout the world, died yesterday in Spokane, Wash.

Mr. Williams and his brother Chuck invented the time-temperature sign in 1950. The first was placed on a Seattle-First National Bank building in downtown Spokane.

They formed American Sign and Indicator in 1951. By 1980, sales had reached $46 million, and they made the giant scoreboard for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Paul Atkinson, 58, who played guitar in the British Invasion band The Zombies and later became a successful music industry executive, died Thursday in Los Angeles.

Born in Cuffley, England, Mr. Atkinson had lived in Los Angeles for the past 20 years.

He started his music career with The Zombies, which had hits in the 1960s with "She's Not There," "Tell Her No" and "Time of the Season."

Later, he went on to work as an artists and repertoire executive, signing acts including ABBA, Bruce Hornsby, Mr. Mister, Michael Penn, Judas Priest and Patty Smyth.

Janet Steiger, 64, a congressman's widow appointed by four presidents to posts including head of the Federal Trade Commission, died Saturday in Oshkosh, Wis.

While FTC chairwoman, the Oshkosh native was instrumental in the first government actions against tobacco companies over the use of cartoon characters to target youths, said her son, Bill Steiger, an assistant to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

A graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, she was a Fulbright scholar who studied medieval literature at the University of Reading in England. When she returned to the United States, she studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then was a student teacher at a junior high school in the early 1960s.

She married William A. Steiger in 1963. The Republican was representing Wisconsin's 6th District in the House of Representatives when he died of a heart attack in 1978 at age 40.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Mrs. Steiger to a commission investigating the cause of the Three Mile Island accident, then to one of the Republican seats on the U.S. Postal Rate Commission. Ronald Reagan named her to lead the commission in 1981, and she held that post for eight years.

Under the first President Bush, she became the chairwoman of the FTC in 1989 and stayed into President Bill Clinton's tenure. She was head of the commission until 1995 and a member for two more years.

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