Congressman and Mayor
Charles Farnsley, 83, who served as mayor of Louisville from 1948 to 1953 and as a Democratic member of the House of Representatives from 1965 to 1967, died June 19 in Louisville. The cause of death was not reported.
As mayor, Mr. Farnsley became known for promoting changes in municipal tax policies and as a leader in generating private funding for the arts. In the House of Representatives, he became an unwavering backer of President Johnson's "Great Society," including the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts.
He did not seek a second term.
DAVID EARLE CUPPETT JR.
David Earle Cuppett Jr., 77, a former judge and prosecutor, died June 18 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Cuppett was elected a prosecutor in Grant County in 1936. He became a circuit judge in 1960 and served until retiring in 1976.
Eliahu Elath, 86, an Israeli diplomat who served from 1948 to 1950 as Israel's first ambassador in Washington, died June 21 in Jerusalem. The cause of death was not reported.
Born in the Ukraine, Mr. Elath immigrated to Palestine in 1925. In 1934, he became head of the Jewish Agency Political Department, a precursor to the Israeli government. He was sent as the agency's envoy to Washington in 1945 and became the Israeli ambassador with the founding of Israel in 1948. He was replaced as Washington ambassador in 1950 by Abba Eban, later Israel's foreign minister.