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Published Oct. 6, 2005

LAURENCE C. "BILL" CRAIGIE, 92, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who was America's first military jet pilot and an air command veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was involved in developing many types of military aircraft in the 1930s and '40s, including the stubby Bell XP-59A Airacomet more than half a century ago. In 1944, he was Allied air commander on Corsica, jumping off site for the invasion of southern France. During the Korean War he was vice commander and chief of staff for Far East air forces and was the Air Force delegate to the truce talks. He commanded NATO's air forces in southern Europe in the 1950s.

WILLIAM M. HICKS, 32, a comedian who appeared on Late Night With David Letterman and in clubs and theaters around the world, died Saturday in Little Rock, Ark., of pancreatic cancer. He produced two comedy albums and starred in two specials for cable television's Home Box Office, One Night Stand and Bill Hicks: Revelations, Live from the Dominion Theater in London.

LEOPOLD KOHR, 84, an Austrian philosopher and economist who argued that "small is beautiful," died Saturday in Gloucester, England. Mr. Kohr is best known for his studies of national economies, which led him to conclude that people thrived best with institutions on a smaller scale and under basic democracy. He favored small countries and opposed broad unification projects like the European Union.

GRACE ROOSEVELT McMILLAN, 82, a photographer who was the eldest grandchild of President Theodore Roosevelt, died Feb. 22 in Baltimore after a stroke.

REVERE "REEVE" LITTLE, 49, a singer-songwriter and descendant of American patriot Paul Revere, died Friday in Cambridge, Mass., of leukemia.

RUSSELL BUFALINO, 91, a reputed Pennsylvania crime boss, died Friday in Kingston, Pa. He was released from prison in 1989 after serving 7{ years of a 10-year term for conspiring to have a federal witness killed. From the 1940s to the 1970s, Mr. Bufalino's crime family was one of most powerful in the United States, according to James Kanavy, an agent with the Pennsylvania Crime Commission.

SIR HAROLD ACTON, 89, a writer, art collector and contemporary of some of the century's leading creative and political figures, died Sunday in Florence, Italy. An heir to a British family with deep ties to Italian nobility, he wrote more than 25 books, many poking fun at the pretenses of wealthy expatriates. At his Florence villa, he was host to some of the world's most famous people, including Winston Churchill and Prince Charles.