Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 29, 2004

Michael Grant, a renowned classical historian, numismatist and author who examined ancient coins as a social record of the Roman Empire and wrote scholarly yet highly readable histories of Rome, Greece and Israel, died Oct. 4. He was 89.

Mr. Grant, who lived in Italy for many years but returned to London in April, died in a London hospital of unspecified causes.

The prolific scholar wrote and edited more than 50 books of nonfiction and translation, beginning with his Cambridge thesis on Roman coins. His collection of about 700 ancient Roman coins has been donated to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Mr. Grant is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Anne-Sophie Beskow; two sons, Antony and Patrick; and two grandchildren.

Brig. Gen. Frank Kendall Everest Jr., a fighter pilot and legendary test pilot who for a time during the 1950s held the title "fastest man alive," died Oct. 1. He was 84.

He died in Tucson, Ariz. The cause of death was not reported. He flew what at the time were the nation's most advanced aircraft. He became the "fastest man alive" in 1956 when he piloted the Bell X-2 at more than 1,900 mph, or Mach 2.9, surpassing the record set by Chuck Yeager in an X-1A three years earlier.

He retired from the Air Force in 1973 and worked as a test pilot with Sikorsky Aircraft.

He was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Fairmont, W.Va. He is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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