U.S. District Judge

Earl Vernon, 68, a U.S. district judge in New Orleans who presided over a highly publicized trial in 1979 in which former U.S. representative Otto Passman (D-La.) was found innocent of bribery, conspiracy and tax evasion, died of heart ailments Aug. 28 in New Orleans.

Judge Vernon was appointed to the federal bench in August 1977 by President Carter. Two other federal judges refused to take the Passman case, which arose from the congressman's dealings with South Korean businessman Tongsun Park, before it was assigned to Judge Vernon.


Pamunkey Chief

William Miles, 73, chief emeritus of the Pamunkey Indian tribe in Virginia, died Aug. 27 in a hospital in Richmond. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Miles, whose Indian name was Swift Eagle, was born on Staten Island, N.Y. He was the mayor and postmaster of Colts Neck, N.J., before moving to King William, Va., in 1977. As elected chief of the Pamunkey tribe, he took part in annual ceremonies in which a tax of wild game is paid to the governor in exchange for the right to live on reservations.


Md. Public Safety Chief

Robert J. Lally, 78, former Maryland State Police superintendent and the state's first secretary of public safety and corrections, died Aug. 27 at the Charlestown Retirement Community Nursing Center in Catonsville, Md. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Lally was an FBI agent and Baltimore County police chief before being named superintendent of the Maryland State Police in 1968. Two years later, he became secretary of the newly created public safety cabinet post, in which he oversaw the State Police and the prison system. He retired in 1979.


National League Pitcher

Larry Jackson, 59, who pitched for three National League teams and was named to three all-star teams and who later served in the Idaho legislature, died of cancer Aug. 28 in Boise, Idaho.

Mr. Jackson pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies in a 14-year Major League career and had a lifetime record of 194-183. A businessman, he was a member of the Idaho state industrial commission at the time of his death.



Edmund North, 79, the Academy Award-winning co-author of the film script for "Patton" and a longtime official of the Writers Guild of America, died Aug. 28 at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., where he had undergone surgery for an undisclosed ailment.

Mr. North wrote "Patton" with Francis Ford Coppola. The 1970 film won Oscars for best picture, best actor for George C. Scott, best director for Franklin Schaffner and best script. Mr. North's other credits included "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Sink the Bismarck," "Cowboy," "Young Man With a Horn" and "Damn the Defiant."


Artist and Designer

Gilbert Lesser, 55, one of the country's most prolific theater poster creators and former promotion director of Life, Time and Money magazines, died of cancer Aug. 28 in New York City.

Mr. Lesser did posters for shows including "Equus," "The Elephant Man," "Frankenstein" and "Mornings at Seven," and he designed costumes and stage sets for "Threepenny Opera," "Zoo Story" and "The American Dream" at the Berkshire Playhouse. Some of his works are on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the City of New York.