Hugh Carter

Presidential Cousin

Hugh Carter, 78, a worm farmer, retired Army colonel, former Georgia state senator, and the author of a book about his cousin, former president Jimmy Carter, died of pneumonia June 24 in Americus, Ga.

Hugh Carter was an avid fisherman who started a bait farm in Plains, about 150 miles south of Atlanta, after returning from the Army in World War II. He sold fishing worms and crickets to fishermen throughout the United States, becoming one of the largest worm farmers in the country, the Americas Times-Recorder reported.

He also played a key role as campaign manager in Jimmy Carter's early political career. In 1978, while his cousin was president, he wrote a book, "Cousin Beedie (Hugh) and Cousin Hot (Jimmy)," which chronicled their relationship.

George E. Keck

United Airlines President

George E. Keck, 87, who joined United Airlines in 1946 as an industrial engineer and retired after serving as its president and chief executive, died June 22 in Portland, Ore. The cause of death was not reported.

He also was an associate in Kuhn, Loeb and Co., a Chicago investment banking firm, and later president of Columbia Corp., a diversified Portland-area company that was liquidated in 1977.

Keck was a member of numerous corporate and community boards, including Sears, Roebuck and Co., International Harvester, Liberty Communications Inc., Grantree Corp. and American Red Cross-Oregon Trail Chapter. He also was a trustee of Northwestern University.

Julius Tobias

Painter and Sculptor

Julius Tobias, 83, a painter and sculptor known for abstract minimalist environments he created in the 1970s, died June 16 at a hospital in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

He explored abstract expressionist and constructivist styles, and produced wall-size all-white paintings in the 1960s. These evolved into cubicle structures that often held geometric sculptural forms, beams and curblike bars. Over time, the weight and size of the forms increased and came to incorporate crosses and church pews.

In the 1980s, Mr. Tobias returned to figurative painting reflecting memories of war, the Holocaust and his perception of escalating violence. In the 1990s, he began a series of abstract geometric black paintings.

Norman B. Hirsh

Aerospace Engineer

Norman B. Hirsh, 64, an engineer and vice president and general manager of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. who oversaw development and production of the Army's Apache attack helicopter, died June 8 in Coto de Caza, Calif., after a heart attack.

During the 1980s, he supervised production and sale of hundreds of AH-64A Apaches to U.S. and European forces. The tank-killing Apache, first flown in 1983, was developed to counter the Warsaw Pact's numerical advantage in armored forces.

Mr. Hirsh worked in the aircraft division of Hughes Tool Co. in Culver City, Calif., rising from mechanical engineer to deputy program director for Hughes Helicopters. The company later became part of McDonnell Douglas.

Joe Redington

Iditarod Organizer

Joe Redington, 82, a plainspoken Alaskan homesteader who was the chief organizer of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in its early days, died of cancer of the esophagus June 24 in Anchorage.

He teamed with Dorothy Page to promote a race in 1967 called the Centennial Iditarod Sled Dog Race, a two-day event covering about 50 miles around Big Lake near Wasilla.

He got more ambitious in 1973, announcing a race from Anchorage to Nome and promising a purse of $50,000. Mr. Redington didn't run in the first race but missed only one from 1974 until 1992 and was on the Iditarod Trail Committee, the race's governing board.