World War I Ace
Douglas Campbell, 94, a retired airline vice president who served as an Army pilot in World War I and shot down six German planes, died of respiratory failure Oct. 16 at his home in Greenwich, Conn.
Mr. Campbell's exploits are recounted in the 1984 book "Let's Go Where The Action Is: The Wartime Experiences of Douglas Campbell" by Jack Eder. He flew the first American mission over enemy lines on March 6, 1918, with Eddie Rickenbacker, the leading American fighter pilot ace with 26 kills. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross with four oak-leaf clusters.
PAUL W. BELL
Miami School Superintendent
Paul W. Bell, 57, the superintendent of Dade County, Fla., public schools, died of heart ailments Oct. 16 at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He was hospitalized the previous day after collapsing while driving his car.
Mr. Bell was named superintendent seven months ago to succeed Joseph Fernandez, who became chancellor of New York City's public schools. The Dade County school system, with 282,000 students, is the fourth largest in the nation.
Delphine Seyrig, 58, an actress who starred in "Last Year at Marienbad" and other films by some of Europe's foremost directors, died Oct. 15 in a hospital in Paris. The cause of death was not reported.
"Last Year at Marienbad," the acclaimed 1961 work by Alain Resnais, was one of the first of Miss Seyrig's more than 30 films. She went on to star in Joseph Losey's "Accident" (1967), Francois Truffaut's "Stolen Kisses" (1968) and two films by Spanish director Luis Bunuel, "The Milky Way" (1969) and "The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie" (1972).
Thomas Murton, 62, the controversial, reform-minded Arkansas prisons chief who was the inspiration for the Robert Redford movie "Brubaker," died of cancer Oct. 10 at the Veterans Administration hospital in Oklahoma City.
When the bodies of three prisoners allegedly killed by guards were dug up on the grounds of an Arkansas prison in 1968, Mr. Murton claimed as many as 200 inmates may have met similar deaths over the years. But no other bodies were found, and then-Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller accused the prisons chief of turning the investigation into a "sideshow." Mr. Murton, an opponent of capital punishment, later taught criminology at the University of Minnesota.
Seth Morgan, 41, a former convict whose first novel, "Homeboy," won national acclaim last spring, and a companion, Diane Levin, 37, were killed Oct. 17 when their motorcycle crashed into a bridge abutment in New Orleans, police said.
"Homeboy" is about the Tenderloin side of San Francisco, and a reviewer in The Washington Post described it as "the tragic-comic telling of a well-constructed tale." Mr. Morgan served three years in a California prison for armed robbery in the late 1970s. He lived with singer Janis Joplin before her death in 1970.
Robert Tessier, 56, the actor whose baleful looks helped him portray tough guys and villains in such movies as "The Deep" and "The Longest Yard," died of cancer Oct. 11 in his hometown of Lowell, Mass.
Known for his shaved head, Mr. Tessier's first prominent role came in 1970 with "Cry Blood, Apache." Other film credits included "Hooper" and "Hard Times." His last picture was "Night-wish," released this year. He also worked in television, playing Rude Water in the acclaimed miniseries "Centennial." Other TV appearances included "Charlie's Angels," "Vegas" and "The Fall Guy."
Paul Seabury, 67, a scholar of U.S. foreign policy and international politics who had served on President Reagan's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1982 to 1985, died of renal failure Oct. 17 in Berkeley, Calif.
He had been a professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley and was the author of more than a dozen books.
LLOYD H. BAILER
Lloyd H. Bailer, 76, an arbitrator who served on federal advisory boards during the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Johnson administrations, died Oct. 16 in Los Angeles after a series of strokes. He was 76.
He had taught at Columbia, Howard, Rutgers and New York universities. He was the first chairman of the Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission.