Brokerage President

Ned Barclay Ball, 81, who was president of the world's largest investment house, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., from 1970 to 1975, died July 7 at a hospital in Portland, Ore., after a heart attack.

He was a native of Raleigh, N.C. He dropped out of North Carolina State University to join his family's cotton brokerage concern, Barbee & Co. It was acquired in 1932 by E.A. Pierce & Co., which merged in 1941 with Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Ball stayed with the newly formed company, working in Charlotte, N.C., and Portland before moving to the head office in New York City in 1965 to head international operations. In 1970, he was elected president and chief operating officer.


Boxing Champ

Dick Turpin, 69, the first black fighter to win a British boxing title, died Saturday in his hometown of Leamington Spa, England. The cause of death was not reported.

He was the eldest of three boxing brothers but did not achieve the fame of Randolph Turpin, who beat Sugar Ray Robinson in 1951 for the world middleweight title. The other brother, Jackie, was a successful featherweight.

In 1948, Mr. Turpin beat Vince Hawkins on points to take the British middleweight title. He lost the title in March 1950 to Albert Finch, and then retired to help his brothers in their careers.


Heart Recipient

Michael Drummond, 30, who received two artificial hearts and one human heart, died of multiple organ failure July 7 at a hospital in Phoenix.

On Aug. 29, 1985, he became the youngest of six Jarvik-7 artificial heart recipients and the first to undergo an implant as a bridge to human transplant. After 9 1/2 days on the Jarvik heart, he received a human heart transplant.

He recovered and led a normal life for 4 1/2 years. But after gallbladder surgery, his condition deteriorated. His failing transplanted heart was replaced May 21 with a Symbion J-7-70 artificial heart. Within two days of the second implant, other complications developed.