Other Notable Deaths


November 18, 2006

David K. Wyatt, 69, Southeast Asia expert

David K. Wyatt, a leading authority on Southeast Asia and widely recognized as the foremost historian of Thailand, died of multiple sclerosis Tuesday at a retirement facility near the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, N.Y., where he worked for 36 years.

At Cornell, he served as director of the Southeast Asia Program, chairman of the history department and was the John Stambaugh Professor of History and Asian Studies before retiring in 2002. He briefly served as interim curator of the Echols Collection at Cornell University in 2005.

NICHOLAS PROFFITT, 63 War correspondent

Nicholas Proffitt, a war correspondent for Newsweek in Vietnam and Beirut who also wrote a novel and a screenplay based on his Army service in the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery, died of kidney cancer Nov. 10 at his home in Naples, Fla.

An Army brat with a deep appreciation for the grunts in field, he covered the Vietnam War for Newsweek as a correspondent in 1970 and as its Saigon bureau chief in 1971. In April 1975, after three years of reporting on the civil strife in Lebanon as Newsweek's Beirut bureau chief, he returned to Vietnam to cover the fall of Saigon.

ATHALIE RANGE, 91 Florida state official

Athalie Range, the first black person to serve as the head of a Florida state agency, died Tuesday at her Miami home.

Gov. Reubin Askew appointed her director of the Florida Department of Community Affairs in 1971.

She also was the first black city commissioner of Miami. Elected in 1965, she served several terms and proposed tougher gun laws, updated fire codes and the creation of more parks and playgrounds. She also chaired the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, founded to preserve the only Miami public recreation area open to blacks during segregation.

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