Gillette Chairman

Colman M. Mockler Jr., 61, the board chairman of Gillette Co., who helped the company tighten its grip on the world shaving products market, died Jan. 25 at his office in Boston after a heart attack.

He helped guide Gillette through two takeover battles and oversaw a major restructuring. His career was capped last year with the introduction of Gillette's Sensor razor, considered the company's most important new product in years.

Mr. Mockler, a native of St. Louis, was a graduate of Harvard University and its business school. He joined Gillette in 1957 as staff assistant to the controller and was named treasurer in 1965. He was elected chief executive officer in 1975 and had been board chairman since 1976.


Soviet Official

Nikolai Talyzin, 62, a former nonvoting member of the Communist Party Politburo and head of economic planning, died Jan. 23. The place and cause of his death were not reported.

A Tass obituary signed by President Mikhail Gorbachev and other Soviet leaders praised Talyzin for his contributions to Soviet communications and the country's defense industries.

Mr. Talyzin was head of the Gosplan, the State Planning Commission, from November 1985 until February 1988, and in that capacity helped introduce Gorbachev's program of economic restructuring. He also served for a time as a first deputy prime minister. He retired as a nonvoting member of the Politburo in September 1989.



Everett Freeman, 79, the screenwriter who wrote the script for W.C. Fields's classic film "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man," died of kidney failure Jan. 24 at his home in Westwood, Calif.

His other screenplays included "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Princess and the Pirate," "The Glass Bottom Boat," "Marjorie Morningstar" and "Jim Thorpe -- All American." Mr. Freeman also wrote for radio, creating the character Baby Snooks for comedian Fanny Brice. He created television's "Bachelor Father," the popular series starring John Forsythe.


Attorney General of Ireland

John Kelly, 59, a leading Irish constitutional lawyer who was a former attorney general of Ireland and was Fine Gael member of its parliament from 1973 to 1989, died Jan. 24 at a hospital in Dublin after a heart attack.

Mr. Kelly, who was a professor at University College in Dublin, served as attorney general in 1977 in a coalition government led by Liam Cosgrave. He also held ministerial posts, including foreign minister, in the 1981-82 coalition government led by Garret Fitzgerald.


Musician and Inventor

Harold Bradley "Shot" Jackson, 70, inventor of the Sho-Bud steel guitar and a Dobro musician who toured with country stars such as Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells, died Jan. 24 at a rehabilitation center in Nashville after a stroke. He also had a kidney ailment.

He invented the Sho-Bud pedal steel guitar in the 1950s and sold the name the following decade to Baldwin-Gretsch. He recorded about 10 instrumental albums, worked as a studio musician and traveled with various country stars during his career. A Dobro is an acoustic steel guitar with an aluminum resonator.