FRANCIS KEPPEL, 73, a former U.S. commissioner of education, died Monday in Cambridge, Mass., of cancer. Mr. Keppel, a former sculptor who had only a bachelor's degree in a doctorate-conscious profession, was dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education for 14 years before his appointment to the country's highest educational post by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. For the next four years, into the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, he pursued a policy of encouraging schools to introduce programs aimed at improving the education of children most in need. THE REV. DR. JAMES ILEY McCORD, 70, president of Princeton Theological Seminary in 1959-83 and chancellor of its Center for Theological Inquiry in 1983-89, died Monday in Princeton, N.J., of complications of Parkinson's disease. The center, modeled on the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, seeks links between science and religion by inviting a handful of scholars to spend up to three years on theological research and discussion.
HENRY BRANDON, 77, a Hollywood character actor who ranged from Indian chieftains to the comic foil for Laurel and Hardy, died Feb. 15 in Los Angeles. Mr. Brandon worked up to the time of his death, primarily doing voice-overs for commercials. He was the animators' model for Captain Hook in Walt Disney's Peter Pan, Butcher said. He played Indian chiefs 26 times.