Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

December 06, 2004

Tom Reddin, 88, the innovative former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department who introduced community policing and went on to be a television newscaster, politician and head of his own private security company, died Saturday at his Los Angeles home of complications from Parkinson's disease.

He rose through the police ranks under conservative Chief William H. Parker, and is widely credited with modernizing the LAPD, introducing computerized dispatch systems, upgrading communication technology and improving training and pay.

His short tenure as chief -- he served slightly more than two years -- was marked by his efforts to make police and the community partners in preventing crime, establishing the concept of community policing.

Lauriston S. Taylor, 102, who helped establish the first national standard for X-ray exposure in the 1920s and led a series of government and independent organizations over the next 50 years that set radiation exposure standards for workers and the public, died Nov. 26 in Mitchellville of Alzheimer's disease and complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Taylor's career in radiation science covered most of the nuclear age. He joined the National Bureau of Standards in 1927. He retired in 1977 as the president of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, which sets the standards used by government agencies and industry.

John Drew Barrymore, 72, whose name and ancestry were far better known than his own credits in the acting profession that made his family famous, died Nov. 29 in Los Angeles of undisclosed causes.

He was part of an acting clan that included his father, the famed stage and early film actor John Barrymore, and his father's siblings, Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore. Drew Barrymore is his daughter by his fourth wife, Jaid.

His early roles in the 1950s included the movies The Sundowners, High Lonesome, Quebec, The Big Night, Thunderbirds and While the City Sleeps. But along the way there were problems with drugs, drunken driving and violence, domestic and otherwise.

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