Other Notable Deaths


July 18, 2008


Baritone for Spiders quintet

Hayward "Chuck" Carbo, whose ultra-smooth baritone fronted the 1950s quintet the Spiders that made the world aware of New Orleans rhythm & blues, has died.

Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home said he died last Friday after a long illness.

Singer Aaron Neville, a longtime friend, said Mr. Carbo and his brother Leonard "Chick" Carbo were part of the premier New Orleans group in their day.

A young Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack produced several 1960s singles by Mr. Carbo and considered him an immense, if underappreciated, talent.

Both sides of their 1954 debut for Imperial Records, "I Didn't Want to Do It" and "You're the One," cracked the Top 10 of the national rhythm and blues charts.


International Harvester CEO

Archie R. McCardell, who led International Harvester during a pivotal 172-day labor strike in 1979, has died.

Mr. McCardell died last Friday at a Casper, Wyo., hospital from a heart-related problem, said his daughter, Laurie McCardell.

Mr. McCardell joined International Harvester, the Chicago-based manufacturer of agriculture equipment and machinery, as president in 1977 and became chief executive officer a few months later.

International Harvester posted record earnings of nearly $400 million in 1979, but began struggling when 35,000 employees represented by the United Auto Workers walked out Nov. 1 of that year. A settlement wasn't reached until April 1980.

International Harvester lost millions of dollars during the strike. Combined with the effects of a recession, the company started selling off units. The firm took the name Navistar in 1986.

Mr. McCardell resigned from International Harvester in May 1982.

Mr. McCardell worked for Ford Motor Co. and Xerox, where he was president and chief operating officer, before joining International Harvester.


National Park Service director

George B. Hartzog Jr., whose political skills as director of the National Park Service in the 1960s and early 1970s led to the addition of nearly 50 million acres to the park system, more than doubling its size, died on June 27 in Arlington, Va. He lived in McLean, Va.

The cause was kidney disease, his wife, Helen, said.

In his nine years as parks director, Mr. Hartzog was attuned to President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society aspirations and the environmental advocacy of Stewart L. Udall, then secretary of the interior. But Mr. Hartzog ruffled feathers during President Richard M. Nixon's administration, and was fired when a Nixon friend was slighted by a parks official.

During his tenure Mr. Hartzog oversaw the acquisition of 72 sites, amounting to 2.7 million acres. The list went beyond national parks to include recreation areas, seashores, river ways and historical monuments.

Mr. Hartzog directed, among other projects, the creation of the Gateway National Recreation Area, with its 26,607 acres of dunes, marsh islands and beaches by the bays of New York's metropolitan area, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area on San Francisco Bay. They were the first urban national parklands outside Washington.


Oil developer

Roy M. Huffington, an independent oilman who defied oil industry precedent by signing an unusually generous deal with Indonesia, made a fortune on natural gas there, then became U.S. ambassador to Austria, died last Friday in Venice.

His death was confirmed by Ralph Dittman, his son-in-law. Mr. Huffington, who lived in Houston, was vacationing when he died.

Mr. Huffington was something of a legend in the world's oil patches and boardrooms. His father, an oilman, died in an accident when he was 14, so Roy had to get up at 4:30 a.m. to deliver papers to help pay family bills.

He earned a doctorate in geology at Harvard, then hit oil in 17 of the first 18 wells he drilled. He suspected that there might be natural gas in Indonesia, he once said, because its geology seemed to resemble that of the Gulf Coast.

He gave to hundreds of charities and Republican campaigns, including those of his son, Michael, who won a congressional seat in California but lost a senatorial bid there.

The political commentator and blogger Arianna Huffington is an ex-wife of Michael's. In an essay on her Web site, the Huffington Post, she called Roy Huffington "an oilman when oil exploration was still a romantic endeavor."

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