AIDS Rights Winner

Vincent Chalk, 45, the teacher who won a landmark ruling guaranteeing job security for public employees with AIDS, died Oct. 2 at the Saint Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. He had AIDS.

Mr. Chalk, a teacher of hearing-impaired students, sued the Orange County Board of Education because he was removed from the classroom and given an office job after he told his superiors he had AIDS. In November, 1987, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals directed that he be returned to the classroom. The ruling has been hailed as an important victory for people with AIDS.


FBI Society Official

Frances M. Keogh, 71, the executive director of the 8,000-member Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, died of cancer Sept. 22 at a hospital in Manhassett, N.Y. She lived in New York City.

Miss Keogh began working for the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI in 1946 as a secretary. As its executive director since 1985, her duties included organizing and directing the society's annual convention and its six annual regional conferences.


Broadway, TV Producer

Lawrence Kasha, 57, who produced such Tony-winning Broadway hits as "Applause" and "Woman of the Year" and television's "Knots Landing," died of cancer Sept. 29 at a hospital in Los Angeles.

He produced his first Broadway musical, "She Loves Me," in 1964 with partner Hal Prince. Mr. Kasha later directed Barbra Streisand in the London production of "Funny Girl" and garnered a best-musical Tony in 1970 as producer of the Broadway production of "Applause," starring Lauren Bacall. In 1981, he produced "Woman of the Year," which won four Tonys.


Interior Decorator

Ruben de Saavedra, 57, an internationally known interior decorator best known for his designs of luxurious residential rooms that seemed both bursting with artistic antiques and eminently comfortable, died of kidney failure Sept. 21 at a hospital in Manhattan.

For the last 30 years, he was head of Ruben de Saavedra Inc., a New York interior design firm. His work has been highlighted in such publications as Architectural Digest and Interior Design.



Charles William Thomas Jr., 64, a psychology professor at the University of California at San Diego who was the founding chairman of the National Association of Black Psychologists, died Sept. 29 at a hospital in San Diego after emergency surgery.

He was found stabbed in the chest and abdomen Sept. 28 at the wheel of his car, police said. No arrests were made.


Country Guitarist, Songwriter

Murry Kellum, 47, a country guitarist and songwriter, died Sept. 30 in a plane crash near Gallatin, Tenn. Authorities said he and the pilot of the single-engine plane were killed when they may have tried to land in a cornfield in heavy fog.

Mr. Kellum had the 1963 hit "Long Tall Texan." He co-wrote a hit song for the country group Alabama called "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You've Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)."