THE REV. BLAHOSLAV S. HRUBY, 78, a Presbyterian minister who directed a human-rights organization that monitors Eastern European countries, died on Monday in New York City of congestive heart failure. He was executive director of the Research Center for Religion and Human Rights in Closed Societies. The center monitors Eastern European countries and helps persecuted Christians and Jews get visas to leave. THOMAS WILLIAMS, 63, an award-winning novelist and an English professor at the University of New Hampshire, died Tuesday in Dover, N.H., of lung cancer. Beginning in 1955, Mr. Williams published eight novels and a collection of short stories over three decades. In 1975 he won a National Book Award for The Hair of Harold Roux, published by Random House.
WILLIAM E. MINSHALL, 78, an Ohio Republican who represented Cleveland's western suburbs in the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years before retiring in 1973, died Oct. 15 in Cleveland of a stroke.
THOMAS FRANKLIN BRIGANCE, 77, a sportswear and swim wear designer for four decades, died Oct. 14 in New York City. In recent years he reportedly suffered strokes. Initially he won acclaim for his beach outfits, which he adorned with ruffles and frills and made sophisticated with fabrics such as gray flannel and black velvet. The duchess of Windsor was one of his earliest admirers, buying half a dozen outfits from his first beach wear collection in 1939.
FLOYD R. NEWMAN, 99, an industrialist who gave millions of dollars to Cornell University, died Oct. 10 in Medina, Ohio, of pneumonia. He was a founder of Allied Oil Co., which merged with Ashland Oil Refining Co. in 1948. He was a 1912 graduate of Cornell.
CLAUDE ARPELS, 79, who directed the U.S. operations of the Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry firm, died Oct. 15 in Switzerland. He and his two brothers, Pierre and Jacques, were the heirs of the business founded in Paris by their parents and in-laws. Pierre died 10 years ago; Jacques remains chief executive.