Unocal Chairman

Fred L. Hartley, 73, whose push for innovation and alternative energy boosted Unocal Corp. from a small oil company to an international conglomerate with $11.4 billion in revenue in 1989, died Oct. 19 at his home in Palos Verdes, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

He joined Unocal in 1939 as a trainee chemical engineer. He was the company's president from 1964 to 1988 and was its chairman emeritus at the time of his death. In 1964 he presided over what was at the time the largest takeover in U.S. history: the $900,000 acquisition of Pure Oil. In 1985 he won a bitter takeover battle with T. Boone Pickens, after taking on $4.4 billion in debt as part of the takeover defense.

Mr. Hartley is best known for worldwide licensing of Unicracking, a process that converts heavy, sulfur-filled crude oil components into high-grade transportation fuels. He also was in the news when an offshore platform in the Santa Barbara Channel spilled crude oil onto 150 miles of California beaches. In 1974, Unocal and its partners paid $15.3 million to settle lawsuits from the spill.


Golf Champion

Louis E. "Lew" Worsham Jr., 73, who won the 1947 U.S. Open by defeating Sam Snead 69 to 70 in an 18-hole playoff, died Oct. 19 at a hospital in Poquoson, Va. The cause of death was not reported.

He had been a member of the 1947 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He won the Tam O' Shanter World Championship in 1953 in Chicago, winning golf's first $100,000 tournament with his eagle 2 on the 18th hole.

Mr. Worsham, who lived in Poquoson, was a native of Pittsylvania County, Va. He had been involved in golf for 55 years before retiring in 1982. He played on the PGA tour from 1946 to 1955. He played in the Masters tournament for 16 years, tying for third in 1953.