Notable deaths: Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, Howard ‘Bo’ Callaway Sr.

March 18
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
Sierra Leone president

Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former president of Sierra Leone who oversaw the end of the country’s brutal civil war, died March 13 at his home in the capital city of Freetown. He was 82.

His family confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause.

Mr. Kabbah, who became president in 1996, was briefly ousted in a military coup before returning to power. He stepped down in 2007 after serving two terms in office.

Sierra Leoneans credit Mr. Kabbah with resisting the rebels during the insurgents’ decade-long terror campaign.

His supporters also credit him with helping bring in the U.N. and British forces that crushed the rebels, leading to the official end of the war in 2002.

Howard ‘Bo’ Callaway Sr.
Secretary of the Army

Howard “Bo” Callaway Sr., a one-term congressman from Georgia who served as secretary of the Army from 1973 to 1975, died March 15 at an assisted-living facility in Columbus, Ga. He was 86.

The cause was complications from a brain hemorrhage he suffered about two years ago, said Rachel Crumbley, a spokeswoman for Callaway Gardens, a 6,500-acre garden and resort in Pine Mountain, Ga. Mr. Callaway helped start the gardens.

Mr. Callaway, a Republican, was elected to the U.S. House in 1964. He ran for governor in 1966 and received 3,000 more votes than the Democratic nominee, segregationist Lester Maddox. But because former governor Ellis Arnall mounted a write-in campaign, no candidate received the majority needed to win.

State law at the time did not allow for a general election runoff; instead, the legislature was allowed to choose the next governor, and the Democratic-controlled body backed Maddox.

From 1970 until 2003, Mr. Callaway was the principal owner and chief executive of Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. In 1980, he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, and he was chairman of that state’s Republican Party from 1981 until 1987.

Mr. Callaway, a native of LaGrange, Ga., was a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

— From wire reports

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