Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

December 15, 2004

William Rosson, 86, a retired four-star Army general and a former board member of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, died Sunday of a heart attack.

General Rosson's military honors spanned from World War II to the Vietnam War.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army and fought in 10 campaigns in North Africa and Europe in World War II. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest decoration for valor, and rose to lieutenant colonel by the war's end.

He later served on the Army General Staff at the Pentagon, in Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's NATO headquarters in Paris and on the staff of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

In the Vietnam War, General Rosson served a tour as Gen. William Westmoreland's chief of staff.

He retired in 1975 as commander in chief of the U.S. Southern Command in the Panama Canal Zone.

General Rosson's many awards included the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart and the Doughboy Award, the infantry's highest award.

Arthur Lydiard, 87, a New Zealand athletics coach who guided Peter Snell and Murray Halberg to Olympic gold medals, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack while visiting the United States on a lecture tour.

His methods of preparing middle-distance runners with long regimes of distance training were initially met with skepticism, but they gained international recognition when Mr. Snell and Mr. Halberg won gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Mr. Lydiard was recognized internationally not only for training elite athletes but for making jogging popular for fitness. He coached for the Mexican Athletics Federation in 1965 and in Finland from 1967. He was credited with the rise of Finnish athletes in the 1970s.

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