Notable Deaths

NOTABLE DEATHS

January 09, 2009

Charles Morgan Jr.

Civil rights-era lawyer

Charles Morgan Jr., a civil rights-era lawyer from Alabama who represented Julian Bond and Muhammad Ali and argued for the "one man, one vote" principle that redrew political maps, died yesterday. He was 78.

Family members said Mr. Morgan, known as Chuck, died at his home in Destin, Fla., of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

In a reapportionment case known as Reynolds v. Sims, he won a 1964 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that required voting districts to be equal in population, a blow to the political power of rural legislators who until then dominated the Alabama State House.

Richard John Neuhaus

Influential Catholic conservative

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a leading intellectual of the Christian right who helped build a new coalition of conservative Protestants and Roman Catholics and informally advised President George W. Bush, died yesterday. He was 72.

Father Neuhaus died from side effects of cancer treatment, said Joseph Bottum, editor of First Things, a journal of religion and public policy that Father Neuhaus founded.

He worked to break down the historic mistrust between evangelicals and Catholics over their theological differences, helping build the coalition of churchgoers across faith traditions who became key to Republican electoral victories in recent years.

Father Neuhaus laid out his argument in the influential book Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Toward a Common Mission, which he edited with Chuck Colson, the Watergate figure turned born-again Christian.

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