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George White, longtime Architect of the Capitol, dies at 90

George M. White, 90, the architect who oversaw myriad projects on Capitol Hill, including the construction of the Hart Senate Office Building and the restoration of the old Supreme Court and Senate chambers in the U.S. Capitol itself, died of Parkinson's disease on June 17 in Bethesda, Md. He was named Architect of the Capitol in 1971 by President Richard M. Nixon and served until 1995.

James P. Hosty, 86, the FBI agent who inherited Lee Harvey Oswald's file the year before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, died of prostate cancer on June 10 in Kansas City, Mo. He spent nearly five decades defending himself against accusations that he should have found Oswald, who was known to the FBI as a suspected communist agitator and possible spy. He tried to find Oswald during two trips into the field in early November, without any luck.

Frederick Chiluba, 68, the first democratically elected president of Zambia, a man whose image as a defender of civil liberties was later tarnished by his efforts to suppress political opposition and accusations that he used millions of dollars of public money on his wardrobe and other extravagances, died of heart disease on June 18 in Lusaka. He was president from 1991 to 2002.

E.M. Broner, 83, a writer who explored the double marginalization of being Jewish and female, producing a body of fiction and nonfiction that placed her in the vanguard of Jewish feminist letters, died of multiple organ failure on Tuesday in New York. One of her most influential books was The Women's Haggadah, written with Naomi Nimrod, in 1977. It reimagined the traditional Passover Seder from the point of view of women including Moses' sister, Miriam.

John Couric, 90, a United Press wire service editor who said he gave up the "high priesthood of journalism" for a public relations career, in part to support a growing family that included the future TV journalist Katie Couric, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Wednesday in Arlington, Va. "I encouraged her to go into broadcasting because I thought it was more promising than print, having been in print myself," he said in an interview in 1991.

Mike Waterson, 70, a founding member of the Watersons, the self-taught singing group that was long considered the royal family of British folk music, died of pancreatic cancer in England on Wednesday.

Jim Rodnunsky, 54, whose film work above the Canadian ski slopes resulted in the Cablecam, a rope-mounted, remote-control camera system that provides overhead and rapid-moving shots for televised sporting events and films, died of brain cancer on June 10 in Granada Hills, Calif.

A. Whitney Ellsworth, 75, who helped get the New York Review of Books up and running as its first publisher, a position he held for nearly 25 years, died of pancreatic cancer on June 18 in Salisbury, Conn. An experimental issue of the publication appeared in February 1963.

Brian Haw, 62, a veteran British peace activist best known for staging round-the-clock protests outside London's Parliament continuously from 2001 to this year, died of lung cancer on June 18 in Germany. He began his protests to draw attention to U.S. and British bombing raids on Iraq.

Vladislav Achalov, 65, a former Soviet general who supported two botched anti-Kremlin coups and recently organized a protest against the government's military reform, died on Thursday in Moscow. He supported the 1991 hard-line coup that briefly ousted Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and the 1993 rebellion against President Boris Yeltsin.

George White, longtime Architect of the Capitol, dies at 90 06/25/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 25, 2011 9:17pm]
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