Other Notable Deaths


May 14, 2006

Gillespie V. "Sonny" Montgomery, 85, who during his 30 years representing east-central Mississippi in Congress pushed through a modernized GI Bill that boosted recruiting for the all-volunteer force, died Friday at a hospital in Meridian, Miss. He had undergone surgery to correct a bowel obstruction in December.

A conservative Democrat, Mr. Montgomery served in the House of Representatives from 1967 to 1997, and for 13 years chaired the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Frank Boos, 70, the bow-tied appraiser on the PBS program Antiques Roadshow, died of complications from vascular disease Tuesday at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Mr. Boos, an original member of the show's cast, appraised thousands of mainly silver antiques as the show toured American cities for the past decade.

Marsha Bemko, executive producer of the show, said that in some cities, Mr. Boos would appraise hundreds of objects, many of them of little value, but still would make people feel good about their antiques.

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