Brendan O'Rourke, 7, a boy embraced by Pope John Paul II in 1987 in a symbolic gesture of compassion and acceptance of people with AIDS, died of an AIDS-related illness Aug. 17 in a hospital in San Francisco. Brendan had contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion when he was 2 months old.
A photograph of the pope reaching through a crowd to embrace the boy during his 1987 visit to the United States was printed in newspapers around the world. He reached up and clutched the Pope's ears -- a gesture of friendship that touched and stunned onlookers. Brendan met with the pope again during a 1988 visit to the Vatican.
The picture of his 1987 encounter with the pope turned Brendan into a celebrity. He made public service announcements about AIDS, and his family openly discussed his plight.
DAVID A. BURCHINAL
Air Force General
David Arthur Burchinal, 75, a combat veteran of World War II and former Air Force deputy chief of staff who was deputy chief of the U.S. European Command when he retired as a four-star general in 1973, died of cancer Aug. 17 at a hospital in Langhorne, Pa.
Other assignments during his career of nearly 35 years included teaching at the Air War College and the post of chief of staff of the Eighth Air Force. He also had been a wing commander with the Strategic Air Command. Since retiring from active duty, he had worked for the Northop Corp.
His military decorations included two Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and three Army Commendation medals.
GEORGE S. WING
George Seabrook Wing, 74, an aeronautical engineer and inventor who began working for Glenn Martin Aviation in Baltimore when he was 16 and joined North American Aviation as a design engineer in 1938, died of cancer Aug. 14 in a hospital in Torrance, Calif.
He invented the "Hi-Shear Rivet," which was first used in the P-51 Mustang fighter. Cutting the weight of fasteners by one-third, his rivet became the single most important fastener in aviation and aerospace from World War II through man's landing on the moon.
In 1943, Mr. Wing was one of the founders of the Hi-Shear Rivet Tool Co. It became the nation's leading producer of rivet-making tools, as well as other fasteners, explosive separation devices, igniters, boosters and electronic interface units for the aerospace industry.
JAMES T. FOLEY
James T. Foley, 80, the longest-serving federal judge in the country, died Aug. 17 in Albany, N.Y., after a stroke.
President Harry S. Truman appointed him to the U.S. District Court for northern New York in 1949. He served as its chief judge in Albany from 1963 to 1980.