Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 19, 2004

Donald Glenn Brotzman, 82, a former five-term Colorado congressman, died of cancer Wednesday in Alexandria, Va.

He began working as an attorney in Boulder in 1950, the same year he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. He also served in the state Senate. After unsuccessful runs for governor in 1954 and 1956, he was appointed U.S. attorney for Colorado in 1959.

He was elected to the U.S. House in 1962, when fellow lawmakers named him president of the Republican freshman class.

Donald Yetter Gardner, 91, a songwriter who wrote the international children's favorite "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," died Wednesday of complications from an operation after falling at his home in Needham, Mass.

He wrote the song in 1947 while teaching music in the Smithtown, N.Y., public schools. He was filling in for his wife, teaching a class of grade-schoolers, during the holiday season. He asked class members what they wanted for Christmas, and when they hissed and lisped their answers, he noticed that almost all of them had at least one front tooth missing.

Brock Adams, 77, who served as transportation secretary under President Jimmy Carter and represented Washington state in the Senate for one term, died Sept. 10 at his home in Stevensville after a struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Adams, a Democrat, represented Washington state in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1977 before becoming transportation secretary in the Carter administration. He went on to unseat Republican Sen. Slade Gorton in 1986, but declined to seek re-election in 1992 after eight women told The Seattle Times that Mr. Adams had harassed them. He denied the allegations.

Harvey Wheeler, 85, a political scientist and author whose novel about nuclear war by accident, Fail-Safe, caused a national shudder in 1962, died of cancer Sept. 6 at his home in Carpinteria, Calif.

Mr. Wheeler, who worked on the book while he was a professor at Washington and Lee University, wrote it with Eugene Burdick, a decorated Navy officer and a teacher at the Naval War College. In 1964, the story became a highly successful film, directed by Sidney Lumet with a cast led by Henry Fonda.

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