September 17, 1999
John F. White Sr.,75, considered the dean of African-American politics in Philadelphia and a strategist in the former mayoral campaign of his son, John F. White Jr., died Wednesday in Philadelphia. He played a key role in the Philadelphia political scene for more than three decades and founded the Black Political Forum in 1968.Frederick P. Rose,75, a second-generation builder and philanthropist, died Tuesday at his home in Rye, N.Y. His company, Rose Associates, owns or manages 12,000 apartments in New York and 4 million square feet of commercial space.
July 20, 1999
Ed Long,83, who held the world record for the most flying hours as a pilot in the history of aviation, spending a total of nearly seven years in the air, died Sunday in Montgomery, Ala.In September 1989, he broke the world record for flying hours, with 53,290 hours.ObituariesBecause of limited space and the large number of requests for obituaries, The Sun regrets that it cannot publish all the obituaries it receives. Because The Sun regards obituaries as news, we give a preference to those submitted within 48 hours of a person's death.
May 3, 1999
Francis Gherini,84, who won a battle with the federal government after it seized his Santa Cruz Island ranchland for a park, died Tuesday in Ventura, Calif., of injuries he suffered the previous week when he collapsed and struck his head on a driveway.He was patriarch of a family that had owned thousands of acres since 1880 on Santa Cruz Island, 20 miles off the Ventura County coast. In 1980, the island was designated to become part of a five-island national park chain.In the early 1990s, the National Park Service bought out his three siblings.
September 28, 1999
Oseola McCarty, 91, a one-time washerwoman who earned widespread recognition after she donated her life savings to the University of Southern Mississippi, died Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss., of complications of liver cancer.In donating the $150,000 in July 1995, she said she wanted to give others the chance to get an education she never had.ObituariesBecause of limited space and the large number of requests for obituaries, The Sun regrets that it cannot publish all the obituaries it receives.
May 4, 1999
Roderick Thorp,62, a master of suspense fiction whose best-selling novels "Die Hard" and "The Detective" became popular movies, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Oxnard, Calif.Joseph Rosenblatt,96, a Utah philanthropist who was decorated by the French government for promoting trade relations between France and the United States, died Sunday in Salt Lake City.Joyce Anderson Valdez,70, a supporter and fund-raiser for the Republican Party who organized events that raised more than $100 million for GOP candidates, died Wednesday in Los Angeles after a long illness.
June 13, 1999
John Calhoun Baker,103, president emeritus of Ohio University, who guided it through the burgeoning enrollment when the veterans of World War II surged in under the GI Bill, died June 9 at a retirement community in Hightstown, N.J.Eugene Kalbacher,47, the publisher and editor of Hot House, a small monthly magazine covering the jazz world, died of cancer on May 25 at his home in Rockaway Township, N.J.ObituariesBecause of limited space and the large number...