Joseph Gold, 107, a World War I veteran who was believed to be the nation's oldest living Marine Corps veteran, died of pneumonia Aug. 25 at a nursing home in Tenafly, N.J.
Mr. Gold, who served in the Battle of Belleau Wood, was stabbed in the hand by a German bayonet but remained in Europe with the corps until 1919.
Recently, interviewers from the U.S. Marine Corps Research Center interviewed him on the war he fought and his service in the Marines. Mr. Gold was one of only a few who remembered fighting during World War I, according to Marine records.
George T. Harrell
Medical School Dean
George T. Harrell, 91, a Duke University medical school graduate who went on to become the founding dean of medical schools at the University of Florida and Pennsylvania State University, died Aug. 26 at a hospital in Durham, N.C. The cause of death was not reported.
He advocated training students in small groups to prepare them for work in health teams and created the first medical school programs in humanities, family and community medicine, and behavioral science.
Dr. Harrell was recruited by the University of Florida in 1954 to develop its medical school. He left Florida for Pennsylvania in 1964 after chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey pledged $50 million for a hospital and medical school to be affiliated with Penn State.
B.F. `Sandy' Coggan
General Dynamics Executive
B.F. "Sandy" Coggan, 81, who led the Convair division of General Dynamics during the aerospace boom of the 1950s and went on to advise the Defense Department and United Nations, died Aug. 22 in San Diego. He had Alzheimer's disease.
In 1952, he became vice president-general manager of Convair, which had 45,000 employees designing and manufacturing aircraft and missiles.
As a consultant to the Pentagon in 1961, he conducted worldwide audits of military hospitals and radar installations. As a U.N. adviser in 1966, he was part of a team assigned to audit a five-year economic plan of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.