December 8, 1999
Lucile Petry Leone, 97, who founded the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps and helped avoid the need to draft nurses for World War II, died in San Francisco Nov. 25. Ms. Leone, who helped recruit more than 100,000 young women to study nursing, founded and directed the Cadet Nurse Corps after the United States was fighting both in Europe and the Pacific.The program, authorized by Congress in 1943, covered a candidate's tuition, fees, room and board, books, monthly stipends and uniforms. In return, candidates promised to take part in military or civilian nursing until the war ended.
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.
August 11, 1999
John Dortch "Booty" Lewis Sr.,84, a Goldsboro, N.C., insurance executive whose World War II exploits were chronicled in part in the movie "The Great Escape," died Sunday in Goldsboro of pancreatic cancer.He spent almost two years in Germany's Stalag Luft III. That was the prison camp from which prisoners of war tunneled to freedom in an escape later to be made into "The Great Escape," starring Steve McQueen. Many of the exploits portrayed by Mr. McQueen were based on escape attempts and other activities by Mr. Lewis.
October 15, 1999
Frank A. DeCosta Jr.,63, an attorney who practiced law in Baltimore and served as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, died of a heart attack Sept. 29 at his Albuquerque, N.M., home. The native of Florence, Ala., graduated from Howard University Law School and was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1964.He served as an assistant state attorney general and joined the firm of Weinberg and Green in the 1970s, and was a trustee of Goucher and Villa Julie colleges. He founded D&H in the 1970s, a firm that offered investment planning, public relations and import-export sales.
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...