other notable deaths

November 10, 2007

BARBARA W. DAINTON, 96 Titanic survivor

Barbara West Dainton, believed to be one of the last two survivors from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died Oct. 16 at a nursing home in Camborne, England, said Peter Visick, a relative.

Elizabeth Gladys "Millvina" Dean of Southampton, England, who was 2 months old at the time of the Titanic's sinking, is now the disaster's only remaining survivor, according to the Titanic Historical Society.

Ms. Dainton, born in Bournemouth, England, in 1911, was too young to remember the night when the huge liner hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic in April 1912, killing 1,500 people, including her father, Edwy Arthur West.

He waved farewell as the lifeboat carrying Barbara; her mother, Ada; and her sister, Constance, was lowered into the ocean, according to Karen Kamuda of the Titanic Historical Society in Indian Orchard, Mass.

Ms. Dainton returned to England after the accident. She married in 1952.

She avoided publicity associated with the Titanic and insisted that her funeral take place before any public announcement of her death, Ms. Kamuda said.

DR. R. SCOTT HITT, 49

AIDS specialist

Dr. R. Scott Hitt, an AIDS specialist and the first openly gay person to lead a presidential advisory board, died Thursday of colon cancer at his home in West Hollywood, according to John Duran, the city's mayor and a longtime friend.

Dr. Hitt was chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS during President Clinton's administration in the 1990s.

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