Pharmaceutical Executive

Walter Ames Compton, 79, a former chairman of Miles Inc. whose research into nutrition led to the introduction of One-A-Day vitamin supplements and Chocks and Flintstones chewable vitamins for children, died Oct. 11 at his home in Elkhart, Ind. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Compton's career at Elkhart-based Miles Inc., formerly known as Miles Laboratories, spanned more than 45 years and culminated in his appointment as president in 1964 and chairman in 1973. He retired in 1981.

He began working at Miles while in medical school as a summer assistant to J. Maurice Treneer, the creator of Alka-Seltzer. In 1938, he was named the company's first medical and research director. Two years later, his research paid off with the introduction of One-A-Day vitamin supplements. Chocks, the first chewable vitamin for children, appeared in 1960.


'Princess of Hoofers'

Julia Rooney Clinton, 102, a former vaudeville singer and dancer once known as the "princess of hoofers," died Oct. 6 at a hospital in Burbank, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

She made her debut in an 1895 production of "Rip Van Winkle," and her first vaudeville appearance came in 1902 at Keith's Union Square in New York. In 1904, she toured in Ziegfeld's production of "Mam'selle Napoleon."

She married Walter Clinton, a singer, in 1915. With a 10-piece band, the couple performed for several years as Clinton and Rooney. They moved to the Los Angeles area in 1930. She returned to the stage in 1942 in "Ken Murray's Blackouts," which ran for eight years.


Arts Patron

J.W. Fisher, 76, retired chairman of Fisher Controls and a nationally known patron of the arts, died of a respiratory ailment Oct. 11 at his home in Marshalltown, Iowa.

He received the National Medal of Arts award from President Reagan in 1987 for his support of the arts, including the Gramma Fisher Foundation. The foundation, named for Mr. Fisher's mother, donates money to dance, theater and opera productions throughout the country.


Athletic Trainer

John P. Fadden, 91, longtime trainer for Harvard University and the Boston Red Sox baseball team who also had treated President John F. Kennedy, Babe Ruth and other notables, died of cancer Oct. 10 in Cambridge, Mass.

He had been a trainer at Harvard for more than 50 years, for the now-defunct Boston Yanks football team and for the Red Sox from 1950 to 1965. In addition to Kennedy and Ruth, other notables he treated included Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Carl Yastrzemski, Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. He also treated brothers Robert F. and Edward M. Kennedy, and the late Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler.


Brazilian Finance Minister

Otavio Gouveia de Bulhoes, 84, a finance minister during Brazil's 21-year military regime and a major force in national economic planning for a half century, died of respiratory failure Oct. 13 at his home in Rio de Janeiro. He was 84.

In 1964, after a military coup ousted leftist President Joao Goulart, Mr. Bulhoes was named finance minister by Brazil's new leader, Gen. Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco. Mr. Bulhoes was a proponent of deregulation and free-market economics.