Corporate Executive

William Howard Beasley, 44, the former chairman and chief executive of Lone Star Technologies Inc. who became known for making successes of troubled companies, died of lymphoma-related pneumonia Nov. 1 at a hospital in Dallas.

Beasley retired from Lone Star last year when his health began to fail. During the 1970s, he was Republican staff director of the Senate Banking Committee and was a special assistant to the former Treasury secretaries John Connally, George Shultz and William Simon.

In 1975, he became a special assistant to the president of Northwest Industries. Three years later, he was appointed vice chairman of the board of Velsicol Chemical Corp., a subsidiary of Northwest. He became Velsicol's chief executive in 1980. By 1984, he was chairman of Northwest Industries, a Chicago-based conglomerate. The next year, he became the head of Lone Star, a Dallas-based company that provides oil services and runs a steel mill.


Nature Photographer

Eliot Porter, 88, a color photography pioneer best known for his large-format books published by the Sierra Club, died Nov. 2 at a hospital in Santa Fe, N.M. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

He was first recognized for his photographs of birds, and perhaps best known for "Birds of North America -- A Personal Selection." Two books featuring his work, "Mexican Celebration" and "Nature's Chaos," were released last week.


Polish Official

Polish Army Maj. Gen. Franciszek Szlachcic, 70, a former interior minister and member of the Communist Party Politburo, died Nov. 3.

The official PAP news agency, which carried news of his death, did not say where he died or report the cause of his death.

Gen. Szlachcic, a member of the Communist People's Army during the Nazi occupation, joined the Communist Party when it was founded in 1948.

He reached the Politburo in the early 1970s.

He was interior minister in 1971 and deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers until his retirement in 1976.

In recent years, he served as president of the Polish Committee for Standardization, Measures and Quality Control, and joined other former members of the Communist leadership in writing memoirs.

The party was dissolved in January, after the transfer of power to a government led by the independent Solidarity movement.