William C. Lowe, 72, who supervised the creation of IBM's first personal computer, a technological touchstone that expanded the company's reach beyond businesses and into people's homes, died of a heart attack Oct. 19 in Lake Forest, Ill. In 1981, the IBM 5150 personal computer was selling out at stores such as Sears and ComputerLand for $1,565, not including a monitor.
Lawrence G. Foster, 88, a former journalist who started the public relations department at Johnson & Johnson and helped lead the company out of a crisis when seven people died after taking Tylenol, died Oct. 17 in Westfield, N.J. In September 1982, police connected a string of mysterious deaths in and around Chicago to cyanide-laced capsules of Extra Strength Tylenol, throwing the public into a panic.
Ike Skelton, 81, a Missouri Democrat who became known during his 34 years in the U.S. House as one of the military's most forceful advocates on Capitol Hill, died Monday in Arlington, Va. He was ousted in the Republican sweep of 2010.
Vladimir Keilis-Borok, 92, an internationally known seismologist and geophysicist who never wavered in his dogged pursuit of what he called his profession's "holy grail" — a method to accurately predict earthquakes — died Oct. 19 in Culver City, Calif.
Arthur C. Danto, 89, a provocative and influential philosopher and critic who championed Andy Warhol and other avant-garde artists, died of heart failure Oct. 25 in New York.