J. Howard Edgerton

S&L Executive

J. Howard Edgerton, 91, a past president of the U.S. Savings and Loan League who during the course of a half century built what is now California Federal Savings and Loan into the largest institution of its kind in the country, died Oct. 23 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not reported.

He joined the bank in 1931 as a lawyer for what was then Railway Mutual Building and Loan Association. Within five years, he was asked to take over management of the small company, and in 1937, he won a name change to the current "Cal Fed." In 1939, Mr. Edgerton became president and chief executive officer.

Under his tenure, the S&L grew from assets of $5 million in 1941 to more than $6 billion in the 1970s. With assets above the half-billion-dollar mark by 1959, Cal Fed earned the title as the largest S&L in the United States.

Ivo Hall Sparkman

Senator's Widow

Ivo Hall Sparkman, 100, the widow of Sen. John J. Sparkman (D-Ala.) who was the 1952 Democratic Party vice presidential nominee, died Oct. 20 in Huntsville, Ala. The cause of death was not reported.

In her later years, Mrs. Sparkman took up painting and wrote a book, "Over the Senator's Shoulder," about a trip the couple took to the Far East in the 1960s. When John Sparkman, who died in 1985, was the Democratic Party nominee for vice president, Mrs. Sparkman traveled with him to 38 states.

Huey Rich

Congressman's Son

Huey Rich, 29, a son of Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), died in a hospital in Oak Park, Ill., on Oct. 22, four days after he was shot outside his home in Chicago's South Side.

Police say Mr. Rich, who took his mother's last name, was talking with friends when they were approached by two gunmen pretending to be plainclothes police officers who shot Mr. Rich and fled in a car, police said.

Mr. Rich had been training to be a beautician.

Luciano Soprani

Fashion Designer

Luciano Soprani, 53, an Italian fashion designer, died of cancer Oct. 23 at a hospital in Milan.

He rose through the ranks of the Milan fashion world, working for houses such as Max Mara and Basile. He first presented fashions for men and women under his own name in 1984. Mr. Soprani also produced an extensive line of accessories.

Although he had been ill for several months, Mr. Soprani managed to complete the collection that previewed in September as well as a collection for the January fashion shows in Milan.

Joao Cabral de Melo Neto

Brazilian Poet

Joao Cabral de Melo Neto, 79, a former Brazilian ambassador to Spain and Senegal whose epic poetry chronicled his country's arid outback, died on Oct. 9 in Rio de Janeiro. The cause of death was not reported.

The outback, where he was born, was the theme of much of his poetry, especially in the 1954 epic "Morte e Vida Severina," or "Life and Death Severina," a tale of a poor woman from the outback. The epic is considered a classic of Brazilian literature and became an award-winning television musical.

Bobby Willis

Business Manager

Bobby Willis, 57, husband and manager of pop star Cilla Black, died Oct. 23 in a hospital in London. He had lung and liver cancer.

He met Black when she was a 15-year-old waitress in Liverpool who occasionally sang with local rock groups. She was signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1963, and her hits included "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World."

Mr. Willis became her manager after Epstein's suicide in 1967, and they married two years later. As her singing career faded, she and Mr. Willis turned their efforts to British television.

Albert Tucker

Australian Painter

Albert Tucker, 84, a highly acclaimed painter who in 1957 became the first Australian artist to have works purchased by New York's Museum of Modern Art, died of a heart ailment Oct. 23 in Melbourne.

His surreal wartime works of Melbourne's nightlife revealed a deep anger at the effect World War II had on the city. He was among a group of artists in the 1940s and 1950s who abandoned academic realism in favor of a more raw, internal imagery.