Of note: Ralph Kercheval, Richard Rosettie, Milka Planinc, Andy Albeck
Ralph Kercheval, 98, a former University of Kentucky football star and prominent member of the thoroughbred industry who was the oldest living former National Football League player, died Oct. 6 in Lexington, Ky. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Kercheval earned a degree in animal husbandry from the University of Kentucky, where he played basketball, track and football.
According to a news release from Kentucky, Mr. Kercheval was the first Wildcat player to be named first-team all-SEC when the Southeastern Conference began in 1933. He played quarterback, defensive back and kicker, but was best known for his punting for the Wildcats and later for the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL.
He still holds several SEC records, including most punts in a season (101), according to the University of Kentucky. During his time as a Wildcat, Mr. Kercheval punted 234 times for an average of 44.8 yards per kick. He was a running back and punter in the NFL for seven years.
Mr. Kercheval loved horses and worked part time on the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney farm during the off-season. He went on to train and breed horses at farms across the country. When he was general manager at Sagamore Farm in Baltimore County, he bred Native Dancer.
Customs Service Official
Richard Rosettie, 70, who spent three decades working for the U.S. Customs Service and rose to become the No. 3 official at the agency, died Sept. 22 at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz. He had pneumonia.
Mr. Rosettie, a member of the Senior Executive Service, retired in 1996 as deputy assistant commissioner of the Customs Service, then part of the Treasury Department. He then became a trade consultant in Scottsdale. Mr. Rosettie was born in Corning, N.Y., and graduated in 1962 from St. Bonaventure University in western New York. He received a master's degree in history from Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y.
Yugoslav Prime Minister
Milka Planinc, 85, who was prime minister in the 1980s in what was then communist Yugoslavia, died Oct. 7 at a clinic in Zagreb, Croatia. No cause of death was reported.
Ms. Planinc was a high-level communist official in Yugoslavia, a close associate of its longtime president Josip Broz Tito and the first female premier of a communist country. From 1982 to 1986, she headed the Federal Executive Council, the federal cabinet.
Movie Studio Executive
Andy Albeck, 89, a former longtime United Artists executive whose tenure as president and chief executive in the late 1970s and early '80s was clouded by the high-profile failure of the epic western "Heaven's Gate," died of a heart ailment Sept. 29 at a hospital in New York City.
In a 30-year career at United Artists that included serving as president of UA's broadcasting division and senior vice president of operations, Mr. Albeck was appointed the company's president and chief executive in 1978.