Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

August 29, 2005

Richard Kelly, 81, a Florida politician who became the only Republican congressman convicted in the Abscam corruption scandal a quarter century ago, died Aug. 22 at a nursing home in Stevensville, Mont., where he had moved in retirement.

Mr. Kelly, a former federal prosecutor and judge, was elected to Congress in 1974 and was re-elected twice from a central Florida district that stretched from Orlando to Clearwater. He lost a bid for re-nomination in 1980 after he and six other members of Congress were caught in the Abscam undercover bribery investigation, in which FBI agents posed as Arab sheiks buying influence.

Mr. Kelly, who said he had accepted $25,000 in cash as part of his own investigation of corruption, was convicted by a federal jury of bribery and conspiracy in January 1981.

U.S. District Judge William B. Bryant threw out the conviction, saying the government agents had used outrageous tactics and should have stopped pressuring Mr. Kelly after he had rebuffed their initial bribe offers. But the conviction was reinstated by higher courts. Judge Bryant sentenced Mr. Kelly to six to 18 months in prison. He served 13 months.

Elwood Perry, 90, a soft-spoken Southerner who translated his almost preternatural ability to catch fish into a finely tuned philosophy, a lucrative business and a personal legend as outsized as any fish story, died Aug. 12 at his home in Taylorsville, N.C.

Known to three generations of fishermen as Buck, he is linked to the lure he patented in 1946, the Spoonplug. He sold millions of the lures, which meld two pieces of traditional tackle, the spoon and the plug.

His fishing system was called Spoonplugging, but Spoonplugs were not really the most important part of it. His concern was the essence of fishing: the migration of fish, underwater topography, weather, water conditions and much more. He called the study "structure fishing."

In 2000, In-Fisherman magazine named Mr. Perry, a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, one of the nation's 25 most influential anglers. In 1984, George Pazik, publisher of Fishing Facts magazine, said Mr. Perry began the "whole modern era of freshwater fishing."

Donald Howard Shively, 84, a leader in the development of Japanese studies in the United States after World War II, died Aug. 13 in Oakland, Calif., from complications of Shy-Drager syndrome, a progressive degenerative disorder of the nervous system, according to the University of California, Berkeley, where he was professor emeritus of East Asian languages and cultures.

He was an authority on Japanese urban life and popular culture during the Tokugawa period from 1603 to 1868. He was recognized by the Japanese government in 1982 with the Order of the Rising Sun.

During World War II, he was a Japanese language officer in the Marine Corps. He was a professor at UC Berkeley and at Stanford and Harvard universities during his career. He also edited the Journal of Asian Studies and the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies.

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