Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

June 01, 2007

SAM GARRISON, 65 Defended President Nixon

Samuel Alexander Garrison III, who defended President Richard Nixon in impeachment hearings in 1974 and later became a gay activist, died Sunday in Roanoke, Va., after a long battle with leukemia, said Mark Harris, his partner of 17 years.

Mr. Garrison was the deputy minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and later also was the chief Republican counsel.

"Sam realized what a high honor it was," Mr. Harris said. "He really enjoyed doing that. He said it was fun hearing his name on TV and seeing his name in magazines."

Following Watergate, Mr. Garrison returned to Roanoke to practice law. He was disbarred and served four months in prison for embezzling $46,000 from a bankruptcy account in 1980. The Virginia Supreme Court reinstated his law license in 1993.

In recent years he was active in the gay, lesbian and transgender movement. Representing 10 men arrested for soliciting oral sex in two city parks in 1998, Mr. Garrison waged an unsuccessful effort to have Virginia's sodomy statute declared unconstitutional.

"Sam's goal was to convince society that being gay shouldn't be a question of right or wrong, but a part of who they are," Mr. Harris said. "He asked, `Why should such a small part be such a big deal?'"

Mr. Garrison earned bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Virginia and was the chief assistant commonwealth's attorney in Roanoke from 1966-1969. He was elected as the city's top prosecutor in 1970.

Besides Mr. Harris, survivors include a son, David Garrison of Exton, Pa., and three grandchildren. His marriage to Mary Richardson ended in divorce, and a daughter, Lisa Garrison, died in 1985.

JEAN-CLAUDE BRIALY, 74 New Wave film actor

French actor Jean-Claude Brialy, an emblematic figure of the New Wave film movement, died in his Paris home Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, family friend Michel del Burgo said.

Mr. Brialy was a familiar face in films by legendary French directors including Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, who spearheaded the avant-garde New Wave movement in the late 1950s.

Mr. Brialy was born in 1933 in Aumale, Algeria, where his father, a military man, was stationed. The family moved often, and Mr. Brialy studied drama at a conservatory in Strasbourg.

Mr. Brialy began his career as a stage actor. His appearance in the title role of the 1958 Chabrol film Le beau Serge (Handsome Serge) catapulted him to fame.

"I owe my career to Claude Chabrol," said Mr. Brialy, who was known for his charm and dark good looks. "He was always convinced I was a good actor."

Mr. Brialy went on to star in Eric Rohmer's 1969 Le Genou de Claire (Claire's Knee) and Le Phantom de la liberte (The Phantom of Liberty) by Spanish director Luis Bunuel in 1974.

He acted well into his 70s, featuring in the 2005 comedy Quartier VIP (VIP Neighborhood).

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Mr. Brialy "incarnated the New Wave and was a presence in a half-century of cinema, filling nearly 200 films with his generosity, his humor, his finesse and his light spirit."

PATRICK STOCKSTILL, 57 Film historian

Patrick Stockstill, historian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and backstage "keeper of the Oscars" during ceremonies, died May 24 of complications after a heart transplant, according to the academy and Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where a funeral was planned.

Mr. Stockstill, who specialized in film research at the University of Michigan School of Library Science, helped develop the movie academy's database. He unpacked the Oscar statuettes backstage minutes before presentation.

Mr. Stockstill started as an assistant librarian at the academy's Margaret Herrick Library in 1982 and was named academy historian a year later.

In 1989, he began overseeing the administration of several Oscar categories, including documentaries, short films, music and foreign language, but he continued his responsibilities as academy historian.

He was also known for doling out Oscar statuettes backstage during the annual Academy Awards presentations. He kept track of all the serial numbered trophies and originated the database that attempts to record the whereabouts of each of the more than 2,500 Oscars handed out so far.

ROBERT WOODAHL, 75 Montana attorney general

Robert Woodahl, who used his post as Montana attorney general to crack down on gambling and prostitution, died May 25 of natural causes at Missouri River Manor in Great Falls, Gorder Funeral Home said.

Mr. Woodahl, a Republican, served as attorney general from 1968-1976 but was unsuccessful in unseating Gov. Tom Judge in 1976.

Mr. Woodahl said he and one of his special prosecutors were the target of a 1975 assassination plot allegedly hatched by two men who were sentenced to prison for defrauding the Workmen's Compensation Division. The two men were acquitted.

Three prosecutors in the workmen's compensation case were suspended a year later, after being tied to alleged illegal betting in Helena.

Mr. Woodahl was born June 28, 1931, in Great Falls. He attended Great Falls schools and Montana State University and the University of Montana. He served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Mr. Woodahl graduated from UM's law school and established a private law practice in Choteau.

He married Arlene Depner in 1963.

Mr. Woodahl served as Teton County attorney from 1961 through 1968. He returned to Choteau in 1978 and established a private law practice, retiring in 1999.

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