Morrison Knudsen President

Frank Adams, 64, president and chief operating officer since 1988 of Morrison Knudsen Corp., a Boise, Idaho-based engineering and construction company, was killed May 27 in a Missouri plane crash. Also killed in the crash was his wife, Novella, 64.

Mr. Adams was at the controls of a single-engine plane when it crashed in woods near Naylor, Mo. Mrs. Adams was the only passenger.

Mr. Adams served in the Navy and retired as a captain in 1969, when he went to work for the Bendix division of Allied-Signal Corp. He retired as president of the company's aircraft systems unit in 1988, coming out of retirement to take the top post at Morrison Knudsen.



Emil J. Konopinski, 78, a physics professor emeritus at Indiana University who worked on the project to build the atomic bomb during World War II, died May 26 at a hospital in Bloomington, Ind. The cause of death was not reported.

After working on the construction of the first nuclear fission reactor with Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago, he went to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Los Alamos, he did safety calculations for the plants where the bombs would be manufactured.

He later worked on the hydrogen bomb. In 1955, Edward Teller, popularly known as the "father of the H-Bomb," said that Dr. Konopinski's calculations proved theoretically that a thermonuclear explosion would not destroy the earth, thus enabling scientists to proceed with explosive tests.


New York Transportation Figure

Vincent A. Carson, 90, a key figure in the development of the New York City area's three major airports, died of cancer May 25 at his home in Livingston, N.J.

He began his engineering career in the late 1920s, supervising construction of the first hangars and runways at Newark International Airport. In 1948, he joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the metropolitan airports.

He was general manager of La Guardia Airport until 1956, when he transferred to Idlewild Airport, now John F. Kennedy International. From 1963 until retiring in 1972, he was general manager of the Newark airport in New Jersey.


Children's Author

Lucy Boston, 97, the author of 18 children's books, died May 25 in Hemingford Grey, England, at her home in the 12th century manor that was the setting and inspiration for her stories. She died after a stroke.

Mrs. Boston's best-known book, "The Children of Green Knowe," was made into a series for British Broadcasting Corp. television in 1984. She wrote a series of Green Knowe books. Others included "The Castle of Yew," "The Sea Egg," "Nothing Said," "The Guardians of the House" and "The Fossil Snake."

Many of her books were translated into Japanese, Swedish, German and Afrikaans. In 1960, she was awarded the Carnegie Medal for children's books.