July 16, 1999
Victoria Buckley,51, Colorado's secretary of state, who rose from the welfare rolls to become the nation's highest-ranking black female Republican in a statewide office, died Wednesday in Denver of cardiac arrest.She was a deputy in the secretary of state's elections division for 20 years before taking the top post in 1994, becoming the first black woman in Colorado to hold a statewide office. At the time, she was a single mother on welfare.Her two terms were not without controversy. She won re-election in November after a bitter battle over complaints that her office was in disarray because of ballot disputes.
December 22, 1999
Ken Clawson, 63, one of President Richard M. Nixon's staunch defenders as director of White House communications during the Watergate era, died Dec. 17 at a hospital in New Orleans after suffering a heart attack.A former newspaper reporter, Mr. Clawson joined the White House in February 1972 as deputy director of communications for the executive branch. He became White House communications director on Jan. 30, 1974, as the Watergate scandals were consuming the Nixon presidency.Mr. Clawson's name was associated with the "Canuck letter" that was sent to the Manchester Union-Leader in New Hampshire early in 1972 and claimed that Democratic Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine had spoken disparagingly of French-Canadians.
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...
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.
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.
July 21, 1999
Viktor Liberman,68, a Russian-born violinist who gained fame in the former Soviet Union before moving to the Netherlands, died in Amsterdam on Saturday of liver cancer.John R. Steelman,99, who served as assistant to President Harry S. Truman, died July 14 in Naples, Fla. He was named to the post of assistant to the president on Dec. 12, 1946, after serving as director of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion.ObituariesBecause of limited space and the large number of requests for obituaries, The Sun regrets that it cannot publish all the obituaries it receives.