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.
October 9, 1999
John Franklin Kiser Jr., a Baltimore native and retired cinematographer whose film career included work on "The Godfather," died Oct. 2 of cancer at his Accomac, Va. farm. He was 64.Reared in Roland Park, Mr. Kiser attended St. Paul's School for Boys and West Nottingham Academy in Rising Sun. He later attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art.His career as a cameraman began with the 1966 Joanne Woodward and Sean Connery film, "A Fine Madness." He later worked on "Paint Your Wagon," "Camelot," "Ice Station Zebra" and "The Fisher King," as well as "The Godfather."
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.
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.