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Former Democratic Utah Congressman Bill Orton, 60, Killed in ATV Accident

Bill Orton was a House member in the 1990s.
Bill Orton was a House member in the 1990s. (Stuart Johnson - AP)
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bill Orton Utah Democrat

Bill Orton, 60, a Utah Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997, died April 18 in an all-terrain vehicle accident when his machine flipped over on a sand dune at Utah's Little Sahara Recreation Area.

Juab County Sheriff Alden Orme said Mr. Orton was riding alone when his all-terrain vehicle crested a sand dune and the machine crashed, flipping over on him.

William Orton was a native of North Ogden, Utah, a 1973 graduate of Brigham Young University and a 1979 graduate of BYU's law school. He spent his early career as an Internal Revenue Service lawyer before entering private practice. In the House, he served on the Banking and Financial Services Committee. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1996 and ran an unsuccessful campaign for Utah governor in 2000.

Benjamin Edwards III Brokerage Chief Executive

Benjamin Edwards III, 77, who presided over the brokerage A.G. Edwards as it grew from a St. Louis regional brokerage firm into one of the largest in the country, died April 20 in Naples, Fla. He had prostate cancer.

Mr. Edwards was the great-grandson of the company's founder, Albert Gallatin Edwards, a former assistant secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln who started the firm in 1887.

It was Benjamin Edwards III, who joined the firm in 1956, who presided over its greatest period of growth. He became managing partner a decade later and president in 1967.

Under Mr. Edwards's leadership, A.G. Edwards grew from 44 offices with 300 financial consultants in 1965 to nearly 700 offices and 7,000 financial consultants by the time he retired in 2001. Wachovia Corp. acquired A.G. Edwards for $6.8 billion in 2007. The combined brokerage unit, Wachovia Securities, became the second-largest American retail brokerage by number of brokers. Wells Fargo acquired Wachovia Corp. late last year.

During his career, Mr. Edwards was also a chairman of what is now known as the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and served on the board of the New York Stock Exchange.

In St. Louis, he was active in the United Way and other civic groups and helped lead the St. Louis Public School District through desegregation.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Literary Critic

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 58, an English professor and literary critic who focused on sexual identify in fiction and was an early leader in the academic discipline known as queer studies, died April 12 in New York. She had breast cancer.

In a 1983 essay on the Charles Dickens novel "Our Mutual Friend," Dr. Sedgwick drew attention to what she considered the book's homoerotic elements. She mainly wrote books on gay and lesbian issues, but in 1999 she wrote "Dialogue on Love," the first work to explore her own life and sexuality.

Eve Kosofsky was born in Dayton, Ohio, grew up in Bethesda and graduated from Walter Johnson High School in 1967. She received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1971 and a master's degree in philosophy in 1974 and a doctorate in 1975, both from Yale University.

During the 1970s and 1980s, she was an English professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., Boston University and Amherst College in Massachusetts. In the late 1980s and 1990s, she taught at Duke University.

In 1969, she married Hal Sedgwick, who survives her.

-- From staff and wire reports


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