August 4, 1999
Robert S. Gawthrop III,56, a U.S. District Court judge whose rulings included a key decision involving AIDS victims, died of cancer Sunday in Philadelphia.In 1994, Judge Gawthrop heard the case of a law firm accused of firing an associate with AIDS. The case ended in a settlement, but he wrote the first opinion that people with no symptoms of AIDS can be considered disabled under the Americans With Disabilities Act.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 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.
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.
June 3, 1999
Manuel Chavez,73, a United Farm Workers activist, died in San Diego Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was a farm worker who went on to become a key organizer for the union, which successfully sought to represent tens of thousands of farm workers across the nation during the 1960s and 1970s.He was a cousin and confidant of labor leader Cesar Chavez, who died in 1993.Mary Allen Rowlands,94, artist-actress and mother of actress Gena Rowlands, died Friday in Los Angeles.Ed Peterson,78, inventor of the alarm that beeps to warn people when trucks and heavy machinery are backing up, died May 26 in Boise, Idaho.
September 1, 1999
Joan R. Braden,77, a hostess to and confidante of Washington's political heavyweights and senior government officials for more than three decades, died of a heart attack Monday in Washington.Mrs. Braden performed those roles as she raised eight children, a story her husband, columnist Tom Braden, chronicled in the book "Eight is Enough," which became an ABC television series from 1977 to 1981.Evelyn Shrifte,98, a longtime president of Vanguard Press, which published the first books of Saul Bellow and Dr. Seuss, died Aug. 8 in New York.
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.