Other Death Of Note


November 06, 2006

Samuel H. Bowers, 82, Ku Klux Klan leader

Samuel H. Bowers, a former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard who was serving a life sentence for the 1966 bombing death of a civil rights leader, died after suffering cardiopulmonary arrest yesterday in the Mississippi State Penitentiary Hospital in Parchman.

He was convicted in August 1998 of ordering the assassination of Vernon Dahmer, a civil rights activist who had fought for black rights during Mississippi's turbulent struggle for racial equality. Earlier trials, including at least two before all-white juries, ended in mistrials.

Mr. Dahmer died at the age of 58 after being firebombed outside his home. Two carloads of Klansmen arrived at Mr. Dahmer's Hattiesburg home in the predawn hours of Jan. 10, 1966. Mr. Dahmer kept the attackers at bay with a shotgun while his family fled, according to court testimony during a four-day trial in Forrest County Circuit Court in 1998. He died about 12 hours after the attack.

ROBERT ANDERSON, 85 Corporate executive

Robert Anderson, who as president and chairman of Rockwell International Corp. oversaw the construction of NASA space shuttles and the B-1 long-range bomber, died of complications from cancer Oct. 28 at his home in Los Angeles.

Mr. Anderson, who retired in 1988, was president of Rockwell International from 1970 until 1979, when he became its chairman and chief executive.

During his tenure, Rockwell was the prime contractor for five of the six space shuttles. Five shuttles actually went into space, starting on April 12, 1981, with the launching of Columbia. Since then, there have been more than 125 flights.

HILDA VAN STOCKUM, 98 Children's author

Hilda van Stockum, an award-winning children's author and illustrator whose books depicted family life in the Netherlands, Ireland, the United States and Canada, died of a stroke Wednesday at her home in Berkhamsted, England.

She won honors from the Newbery Medal committee in 1935 for her first book, A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic. Her later books, which were written for children from the ages of 7 to 12, reflected the wanderings of her own families. The Cottage at Bantry Bay (1938) and two sequels were set in Ireland, where she spent part of her childhood.

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