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James A. Hood, fought segregation at the University of Alabama, dies at 70

James A. Hood and Vivian Malone defied George Wallace and his segregation stance.

Associated Press (1963)

James A. Hood and Vivian Malone defied George Wallace and his segregation stance.

James A. Hood, 70, who integrated the University of Alabama in 1963 together with his fellow student Vivian Malone after Gov. George Wallace capitulated to the federal government in a signature moment of the civil rights movement, died on Jan. 17 in Gadsden, Ala.

Donald F. Hornig, 92, a scientist who helped develop the firing mechanism for the first atomic bomb and served as an adviser to three U.S. presidents and as president of Brown University, died of Alzheimer's disease on Monday in Providence, R.I.

Jozef Glemp, 83, the cardinal and spiritual leader of Poland's Roman Catholics for 25 years, who helped steer his nation through a historic and relatively peaceful transition from communism to democracy in 1989, but who was dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism, died of lung cancer on Wednesday in Warsaw.

Clara Jane Nixon, 93, former President Richard Nixon's sister-in-law who maintained the history of the Nixon family in Southern California, died of natural causes on Jan. 17 in Irvine.

Andree Putman, 87, the Parisian who rediscovered and reissued early Modernist French furniture and then went on to a renowned global career as a designer of interiors, died on Jan. 19 in Paris. Her reach extended from Europe to the Far East, from North to South America.

Yang Baibing, 93, a military strongman who carried out the violent suppression of student-led protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and was later purged because of fears that he was accruing too much power, died on Jan. 15 in Beijing. He also was a strong proponent of China's economic liberalization.

James A. Hood, fought segregation at the University of Alabama, dies at 70

01/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:21am]
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