Other Notable Deaths


May 28, 2007

Bart B. Chamberlain Jr., 93

Oilman, attorney

Bart B. Chamberlain Jr., an oilman and attorney who fled the United States for Switzerland in 1989 to avoid paying a multimillion-dollar court judgment, died last Monday in the Bahamas, said his wife, Marilyn "Bootsie" Chamberlain.

U.S. authorities had pursued him for years trying to collect a $19.4 million court judgment related to his violating pricing rules designed to combat the 1970s Arab oil embargo.

Lawyers from the Justice Department formally gave up trying to collect the entire debt in 2002, and U.S. District Judge Anthony Alaimo issued an order officially closing the case.

LEWIS NOBLES, 81 College president

Lewis Nobles, who served as president of Mississippi College for 25 years before being convicted of embezzling $3 million in donor contributions, died Friday at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, relatives said.

Mr. Nobles was hired as president of the Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College in 1968. The college's school of nursing and law school were established during his tenure.

In 1996, Mr. Nobles pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. He was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison.

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