Union Carbide and Choir President

Isaac Mitton Stewart, 85, a former Washington lawyer and Capitol Hill aide who served as president of the Union Carbide Corp. from 1949 to 1967 and was president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1962 to 1975, died Dec. 14 at his home in Indian Wells, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

After graduating from George Washington University's law school in 1928, he spent four years as an assistant to Sen. Reed Smoot (R-Utah). He then practiced law in Washington before becoming Union Carbide president.


Newspaper Editor

Dorothy Rouse Bottom, 94, editor of the Daily Press and Times-Herald newspapers of Newport News, Va., from 1953 until 1981, died Dec. 15 at a nursing home in Hampton, Va. She had a stroke in October 1989.

She assumed the editorship of the papers after the death of her husband, Raymond B. Bottom. The Daily Press Inc., which was owned by members of the Bottom family and the family of William R. Van Buren Jr. of Hampton, was sold in 1986 to its present owner, the Tribune Co., for $200 million.


Opera Conductor

Rudolf Kruger, 74, a German-born conductor who managed and led the Fort Worth Opera from 1955 to 1983, died of unreported causes Dec. 13 in Ixtapa, Mexico. He was stricken while on vacation.

He nurtured such stars as soprano Beverly Sills and tenor Placido Domingo. Mr. Kruger graduated from the Vienna State Academy in 1938. He fled Austria after the Nazi invasion, arriving in the United States in 1939.


Baltimore Businessman

Morton K. Blaustein, 64, the chairman and chief executive officer of the American Trading and Production Corp. in Baltimore and one of Maryland's richest men, died Dec. 17 at a hospital in Richmond after choking on food during dinner at a hotel.

Mr. Blaustein, who lived in Baltimore, had been chief executive officer of American Trading and Production, which was started by his grandfather, since 1970. The company owns oil and gas properties and has interests in several other industries.

Listed by Forbes magazine as one of the 400 richest Americans in 1990 with a fortune of $700 million, Mr. Blaustein was a past chairman of the executive council of the American Jewish Committee.