Robert Vinton, 58, a business executive who was held in Iraq for nearly four months as a "human shield" after the invasion of Kuwait, was found dead Jan. 26 at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. A coroner's spokesman said he died of heart disease and emphysema.
He was an executive with a climate control company in Iraq and was taken captive Aug. 28, 3 1/2 weeks after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He had moved to Baghdad in November 1989 after 14 years in Saudi Arabia.
Since returning from Iraq in December, he had been lecturing about his experience. He said he was never beaten or treated like a prisoner.
HERBERT G. LANGFORD
Physician and Professor
Herbert Gaines Langford, 68, a University of Mississippi medical school professor and director of its endocrinology and hypertension division who was a noted authority on high blood pressure, died Jan. 26 at a hospital in Jackson, Miss. He had an aneurysm.
He was among the first to point to differences in potassium intake as a possible explanation for variations in high blood pressure incidence among ethnic groups in the United States.
Dr. Langford was chairman of the Hypertension Detection and Follow-Up Program, a major clinical study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Frank Mitchell, 85, who teamed with dancer Jack Durant to create one of vaudeville's most successful comedy acts, died Jan. 21 in a nursing home in North Hollywood, Calif., after a heart attack.
He launched his career with Durant in the 1920s, developing a comedy act that featured acrobatics and dance. Their act appeared in the show "Hit the Deck," which ran on Broadway, in George White's "Scandals" and Earl Carroll's "Vanities." They also appeared in the Shirley Temple film "Stand Up and Cheer" in 1934 and Al Jolson's "The Singing Kid" in 1936.
Lillian Bond, 83, a British-born actress who starred in many films during the 1930s, died Jan. 25 at a hospital in Reseda, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.
Her motion picture credits include "Hot Saturday" with Cary Grant in 1932 and "China Seas" with Clark Gable in 1935. In all, she appeared in more than 30 films, ending her screen career with "Pirates of Tripoli" in 1955.
Walter Terry, 66, a journalist and former political editor of three British newspapers, died Jan. 25 at his vacation home in Newhaven Harbor, England, after a heart attack.
He became a journalist in 1943 and worked at several British regional newspapers before joining the Daily Mail, where he rose to become the newspaper's Washington correspondent and deputy editor. He later joined the Daily Express and The Sun, where he was political editor before retiring in 1983.
Glenn Langan, 73, who acted in 1940s movies for Paramount and 20th Century-Fox studios, died Jan. 26 at a hospital in Camarillo, Calif. He had cancer.
He got his break in the movies with Paramount when he played opposite Dorothy Lamour in "Riding High" in 1943. He later signed with 20th Century-Fox where he appeared in 1944 in "Four Jills in a Jeep," "In the Meantime, Darling," "Something for the Boys," and "Wing and a Prayer."