Other Notable Deaths


December 11, 2005

Frederik Jacques Philips, 100, who helped turn his family's light bulb factory into the mammoth multinational Philips Electronics during 40 years of leadership, died Monday in Nijmegen, Netherlands, of pneumonia and complications from a fall.

Mr. Philips, fondly referred to by employees as "Mr. Frits," was the company's top executive from 1961 to 1971, but his influence began in the 1930s and lasted beyond his formal departure.

He began as an industrial engineer at age 25 when he started working at his father's factory in the southern Dutch city Eindhoven. He spent more than 40 years at the company, serving as president until his retirement in 1971 and then staying on as a member of the supervisory board until 1977.

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II, he was imprisoned for five months after a strike by Philips workers and was forced by the Germans to open a workshop. He helped hundreds of workers survive the war, efforts that later earned him a medal from Israel's Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust authority.

Carroll Campbell Jr., 65, who as governor helped turn South Carolina into a Republican stronghold and recruited major industry, diedWednesday of a heart attack in Columbia, S.C. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease more than four years ago.

Mr. Campbell was a four-term congressman before he took office in 1987, becoming only the second Republican governor in the state since Reconstruction. He easily won re-election in 1990; term limits kept him from running again in 1994.

His two terms may be most remembered for his focus on economic development. He lured German automaker BMW to build its first North American manufacturing plant near Greer and helped recruit Hoffmann-La Roche and Fuji Photo Film Co.

After leaving office, he remained active in politics and was instrumental in helping George W. Bush win South Carolina's 2000 Republican presidential primary, which saved Mr. Bush's faltering campaign after a loss in New Hampshire.

Jean Parker, 90, the star of Sequoia, Little Women, The Ghost Goes West and other hit films of the 1930s and '40s, died Nov. 30 of complications from a stroke in Los Angeles.

The actress, whose given name was Louise Stephanie Zelinska, made her debut in 1932 as the Duchess Maria in Rasputin and the Empress. She went on to play ingenues in such other MGM films as The Secret of Madame Blanche, Operator 13 and Gabriel over the White House.

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