THE REV. JOHN L. THOMAS, 81, a Jesuit sociologist, author and former writer in residence at Marquette University in Milwaukee, died of cancer Tuesday at St. Camillus Health Center in Milwaukee. His primary concern was the well-being of the family as the basic unit of society, and he wrote and lectured widely on that subject. Rev. Thomas became associated with Marquette in 1986 and continued his writings until 1988, when he became too ill to work. CATHERINE T. WALLACE, 74, the first woman director of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, died Thursday after a brief illness. Ms. Wallace taught at various levels on both coasts of Canada and in the United States. In 1968, she became the first woman director of the board of the universities and colleges association and in 1973 was elected president. She received honorary degrees from 13 Canadian universities in recognition of her contribution to education, was awarded the Order of Canada's medal of service in 1972 and the Vanier Award from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in 1977.
TIMOTHY J. MURPHY, 81, former national commander in chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, died Thursday after a brief illness in Hanover, N.H. Mr. Murphy was a former Massachusetts state representative, and, as the state's assistant attorney general, he investigated the Brink's armored car robbery in Boston. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Murphy advanced to the rank of commander by the war's end. He headed the national VFW in 1955 and 1956.
SISTER MARY ALBAN KENNEDY, 102, a missionary to China who spent two years in a concentration camp during the Communist Revolution, died Wednesday. Ms. Kennedy had been a Sister of Charity since 1906. In 1928, she went to Wuchang, China, to teach English. During the next 21 years, she helped establish a school and build a hospital. She was imprisoned two years and left China in 1949 when the government expelled all Catholic priests and nuns.
CHARLES J. AMICK, 39, a professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago, died of cancer Monday at his home in Chicago. He was an expert in applied mathematics. His work centered on mathematical problems in fluid dynamics, particularly the behavior of waves in water.
DR. ANTONIO ROTTINO, 88, director of laboratories and chief pathologist at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City for more than three decades, died of a heart attack Tuesday at the hospital. He joined the medical staff of St. Vincent's in 1934 and was head of the hospital's Hodgkin's Disease Research Foundation. He formally retired in 1968 but continued to conduct research at the hospital until five years ago.
WILLIAM MICHAEL BERTA, 56, senior vice president and director of advertising and sales promotion for Saks Fifth Avenue, died of lung cancer Thursday at his home in New York. Mr. Berta joined Saks in 1977 and remained with it until he became too ill to work. Before that he worked for Grey Advertising, Revlon and Bloomingdale's. He was a founder of Berta, Grant & Winkler, a New York advertising agency.
ROBERT B. MASSON, 75, a radio, television and public relations executive, died of lung cancer Tuesday at his home in Studio City, Calif. In the early 1940s, Mr. Masson produced and directed The Gloomdodgers, a daily variety show, on WMGM radio in New York, and then served as television program manager for Young and Rubicam, the advertising agency. He joined the program department of NBC Television in 1949 and helped conceive _ and then produced _ Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.