Deaths Elsewhere

May 08, 2004

Abe Caylor,

104, an Army cavalry soldier during World War I and one of the nation's oldest military veterans, died Wednesday in Orting, Wash., relatives said.

Enjoying the attention in his final years but tired of being asked his secret to growing old, Mr. Caylor once replied, "Work hard and mind your own damn business."

On his 100th birthday, his photograph was shown on national television and he received a congratulatory telephone call from the White House. The next spring he was honored at a concert and Memorial Day ceremonies on the Capitol lawn.

Mr. Caylor enlisted in the Army in 1915 (he lied about his age) and was assigned to Troop D, 12th Horse Cavalry, with a saber, rifle and horse named Old Dusty. During World War I, his 120-member unit was sent to Panama to guard the canal.

Mr. Caylor later got married, worked as a truck driver and dispatcher, went to business school and moved west to work for Boeing Co.

After his wife died in 1974, he lived alone, did his own cooking, washing and cleaning, and continued to drive until he was 99, when he reluctantly moved into the Washington Soldiers Home.

J. Calvitt Clarke Jr.,

83, a retired U.S. district judge who oversaw the salvage rights of the Titanic shipwreck, died Thursday in Virginia Beach, Va., after a long illness.

Mr. Clarke was nominated to the bench by President Gerald R. Ford in 1974. His notable cases in 24 years on the court included the 1985 espionage trial of Arthur James Walker and the James River pesticide pollution litigation of the late 1970s.

He had supervised the salvage of the historic shipwreck since 1992. In 1994, Mr. Clarke granted Atlanta-based R.M.S. Titanic Inc. sole salvage rights.

He also presided over the ownership and salvage rights of the Lusitania wreckage, early asbestos damage lawsuits and highway construction bid-rigging cases.

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