Lawrence Stone

Social Historian

Lawrence Stone, 79, a social historian and founding director of a historical studies center at Princeton University, where he had chaired the history department from 1967 to 1970, died June 16 in Princeton, N.J. He had Parkinson's disease.

His research interests spanned a broad period of England history, or, in his words, "from the War of the Roses through the Tudor regime to the Cromwellian Revolution and beyond into the 18th century."

Mr. Stone was a lecturer and fellow at Oxford University before joining the Princeton faculty in 1963.

He was named founding director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies in 1968 and retired as professor emeritus in 1990.

Herb Porter

Engine Builder

Herb Porter, 84, the engine builder whose turbocharged Offenhausers dominated Indy-car racing in the 1960s and 1970s, died June 16 in Indianapolis as a result of injuries he received in a car crash May 20.

Mr. Porter, who owned Speedway Engine Development, was a fixture in the open-wheel engine business for five decades. The company's engines power a half-dozen Indy Racing League cars.

A midget driver and motorcycle racer in the 1930s, he provided the power plants that the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. used for its testing program in the 1960s.

Hidesaburo Shoda

Father of Empress

Hidesaburo Shoda, 95, a retired Japanese corporate executive and the father of Japanese Empress Michiko, died June 18 in Tokyo. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Shoda first worked at Mitsubishi Corp., the nucleus of one of Japan's former pre-war conglomerates, before joining his father's company, Nissin Flour, in 1929.

He succeeded his father as president of the company in 1945. Nissin Flour is best known in Japan for its wheat flour and a popular pancake mix.

Duncan S. Somerville

Army Colonel

Duncan S. Somerville, 92, a retired Army colonel who had served in Europe and the Pacific in World War II and as assistant artillery officer of the IX Corps in Korea during the war there, died of cancer June 8 at the Fairfax retirement facility at Fort Belvoir.

Col. Somerville had served as chief of staff of the U.S. delegation at the Korean truce talks at Panmunjom and retired from active duty in 1958 as chief of the Connecticut military district. He lived in Connecticut and then Florida before moving to Fort Belvoir in 1992.

Colgate Salsbury


Colgate Salsbury, 63, a former stage and television actor who performed off-camera narration for documentaries, radio and TV programs, died of cancer June 16 at his home in Baltimore.

Mr. Salsbury starred as Father Berrigan in the 1960 Broadway production of "The Catonsville Nine." In the 1960s and 1970s, he appeared in such television soap operas as "Another World," "Search for Tomorrow" and "A Flame in the Wind."

His credits as a narrator included a Learning Channel documentary, "Submarine: Sharks of Steel."