Swimming Champion

Charlotte Boyle Clune, 91, who set 21 world records in swimming and won 60 national championships in a six-year span early in this century, died Oct. 3 in Scottsville, N.Y. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Clune swam for the United States in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, and was named all-round American swimming champion in 1919 and 1920. Two years ago, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Marine General

John Groff, 100, a retired Marine brigadier general who was awarded the Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart at the battle of Belleau Wood in World War I, died Oct. 2 at Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside, Calif., after a heart attack.

Gen. Groff enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1912, and he was commissioned after his exploits at Belleau Wood. He was stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif., during World War II. He was promoted to brigadier general when he retired in 1946 in recognition of his combat record.


Ballet Director

Norbert Vesak, 53, Canadian-born choreographer and former director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, died of a brain aneurysm Oct. 2 at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C., where he was attending a program of the North Carolina Dance Theater.

Mr. Vesak directed the Metropolitan Opera Ballet from 1976 to 1980. He also worked in Canada, Europe and Brazil, and he won ballet competitions in Japan and Bulgaria.


Soviet Diplomat and Journalist

Sergei G. Lapin, 78, a former diplomat and journalist who said the Watergate scandal was an "internal problem" of the United States and was not worth reporting in the Soviet Union, died Oct. 2 in Moscow. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Lapin was Soviet ambassador to Austria from 1956 to 1960 and to China from 1965 to 1967. He headed Gostelradio from 1970 to 1985 and before that was general director of Tass for three years. In 1974, he told U.S. reporters that Soviet television viewers had been kept in the dark about President Nixon's Watergate troubles because the Soviet media did not report "rumors."