93, who won the Medal of Honor while serving in the Army in World War I and who also served in the Marine Corps in World War II, died June 9 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Roseburg, Ore.

Mr. Van Iersel, who was born in Holland, was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, for reconnoitering a damaged bridge across the River Seine in France in the face of machine gun and rifle fire, thereby gaining valuable information for his unit. He also won 14 other American and French military honors.

In World War II, he tried to enlist in the Army. Turned down because of his age, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific.


62, who led several unsuccessful attempts in the House of Delegates to introduce parimutuel betting to Virginia, died of a heart ailment June 16 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he recently had undergone treatment for throat cancer and pneumonia.

Mr. Van Clief, a Democrat who raised thoroughbred racehorses at his farm at Esmont in Albemarle County, represented the state's 26th House District from 1968 to 1974. He served on the House Finance and Roads committees and as the chairman of the assembly's parimutuel betting commission from 1971 to 1973.


87, a writer best known for two films, "Laura" and "Les Girls," and for works incorporating themes about women's independence, died June 13 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City after a stroke.

Miss Caspary wrote 18 novels, 10 screenplays and four stage plays. In her 1979 autobiography, "The Secrets of Grown-Ups," she wrote: "This has been the century of the woman, and I know myself to have been part of the revolution . . . . Those who come after us may find it easier to assert independence, but will miss the grand adventure of having been born in this century of change."


90, a former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves, died of an apparent heart attack June 13 in Millsboro, Del.

Sent to the minor leagues in 1925, Mr. Betts was drafted in 1932 by the Boston Braves. At age 35 in 1932, he won 13 games for the Braves. In 1933, his best year, he won 17 games. He finished his career in 1935 with a 61-68 record.


91, a "rough-house" trumpet player and longtime leader of the Preservation Hall jazz band, died June 16 in New Orleans. The cause of death was not reported.

A legend among New Orleans jazz musicians, Kid Thomas -- he didn't use his last name -- played all over the world. It was his Algiers Stompers that used an old art gallery in New Orleans' French Quarter for night rehearsals, began drawing crowds and, in effect, made Preservation Hall happen.