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May 02, 2004

David S. Sheridan,

95, who is credited with inventing the modern disposable catheter, died Thursday in Argyle, N.Y. Active in the catheter business until the age of 90, he was dubbed the "Catheter King" in 1988 by Forbes magazine.

Until World War II, urethral catheters were usually made of braided cotton strings that looked like shoelaces.

Mr. Sheridan built a machine that made disposable plastic catheter tubes. He later figured out a way to produce plastic catheters with wider ends and put a line of radioactive paint down a catheter that would show up on X-rays.

Winson Hudson,

87, a Mississippi civil rights pioneer who braved bombings, gun-toting nightriders and ostracism by fellow blacks as well as whites in a fight for racial justice that she waged mostly in obscurity, died April 24 in a Jackson, Miss., hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Hudson, along with her sister Dovie, was a pillar of Harmony, a tiny pocket of civil rights activism in Mississippi, the state long considered the most repressive in the nation for blacks.

She instigated a Justice Department investigation in 1962 that toppled the state literacy requirement that had effectively barred blacks from the polling booth for decades.

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