Other Notable Deaths


October 31, 2005

Richard Smalley, 62, a Rice University professor and Nobel laureate who helped discover buckyballs, soccer ball-shaped carbon molecules, and championed the field of nanotechnology, died of cancer Friday in Houston.

He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry with fellow Rice chemist Robert Curl and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto. They discovered a new configuration of carbon atoms, which they dubbed the buckminsterfullerene - buckyball for short - because of its resemblance to the geodesic domes designed by Buckminster Fuller. The discovery was a major advancement in the field of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology deals with manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale to build microscopic devices. Dr. Smalley's research remained focused on the compounds until his death. His leadership helped lead the United States to launch the National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000.

Elmer "Len" Dresslar Jr., 80, who extolled vegetables to generations of TV watchers as the booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant, died Oct. 16 of cancer in Palm Springs, Calif.

He was an entertainer and singer for nearly six decades. But his voice rang through millions of households when he sang the refrain, "Ho, Ho, Ho," in an ad jingle for Green Giant foods.

Mr. Dresslar, a Kansas native, moved to Chicago with his wife in the early 1950s to study voice after touring with a production of South Pacific. By the 1960s, the Navy veteran had carved out a career singing in clubs, on television and in advertising jingles. He landed roles for Rice Krispies cereal, Marlboro cigarettes, Amoco oil and Dinty Moore canned beef stew.

Edward R. Roybal, 89, a pioneering Hispanic leader who spent three decades in Congress as an advocate for minorities, the poor and the elderly, died Oct. 24 at a Pasadena, Calif. hospital of respiratory failure complicated by pneumonia

When Mr. Roybal was elected to the House of Representatives in 1962, he was the first Hispanic from California to serve in Congress since 1879. He was a founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 1976

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