Robert L. Mills
Physicist and Mathematician
Robert L. Mills, an Ohio State University professor emeritus and co-author of the 1954 Yang-Mills theory in mathematical physics, died of prostate cancer Oct. 27 at his vacation home in East Charleston, Vt. He lived in Columbus, Ohio.
He and physicist Chen Ning Yang received the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Rumford Prize in 1980 for their theory. This work was hailed by The Scientist magazine as providing the foundation for our understanding of the actions of subatomic particles.
Dr. Mills, a New Jersey native, was a 1948 honors graduate in mathematics from Columbia University. He received a master's degree from Cambridge University in England and a doctorate from Columbia. He taught theoretical physics at Ohio State for 39 years before retiring in 1995.
The Rev. Noel Taylor, 75, the first black mayor and longest serving mayor of Roanoke who is credited with leading downtown redevelopment projects and in organizing city fair housing plans, died Oct. 29 in Roanoke after a heart attack. He had prostate cancer.
He also served as pastor of High Street Baptist Church in Roanoke for 37 years before he retired from preaching in December.
Mr. Taylor, a Republican, joined the Roanoke City Council in 1970 before being elected mayor in 1975. The Baptist minister served an unprecedented 17 years as mayor before retiring in 1992 due to ill health.
Kamal Adham, 71, an adviser to the late Saudi kings Faisal and Khaled, died Oct. 29 in Egypt after a heart attack.
Mr. Adham, a brother-in-law of Faisal, was in charge of Saudi intelligence in the early 1970s. The staunchly anti-communist Faisal dispatched Mr. Adham to Egypt in 1970 to convince then-President Anwar Sadat to lessen his dependence on the Soviets. Mr. Adham's secret mediation is believed to have led Sadat to expel 16,000 Soviet military advisers from Egypt in 1972.
From 1975 to 1982, Mr. Adham was an adviser to King Khaled before leaving government to become a businessman.
Victor Van Bourg
Victor Van Bourg, 68, a California lawyer who was founder of one of the country's largest union-side labor law firms, died Oct. 26 at San Francisco International Airport after a heart attack. He was stricken while trying to rush to the bedside of a daughter dying of cancer.
He rose from picket lines to establish one of the nation's top labor law firms, Oakland-based Van Bourg, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld. The firm employs 35 lawyers representing more than 400 unions nationwide.
Mr. Van Bourg represented Cesar Chavez's National Farm Workers Union in its 1966 merger with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee.
Two years ago, his firm was one of the first to sue tobacco companies on behalf of health and welfare trust funds.
Wes Berggren, 28, a guitarist and pianist for the psychedelic rock group Tripping Daisy, was found dead Oct. 27 at his home in Dallas. Investigators, who say that foul play was not suspected, are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine the cause of death.
Tripping Daisy blossomed onto the pop charts in 1995 with "I Got a Girl," a quirky single that propelled the group's second album, "I Am an Elastic Firecracker," to sales of nearly 300,000.
Sales of the band's third album, "Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb," were sluggish, though. Island Records dropped them in 1998 as part of its merger between Universal and PolyGram Records.
Gerald H. Trautman
Gerald H. Trautman, 87, a retired president, chief executive officer and board chairman of Greyhound Corp., the predecessor of current-day Viad Corp., died Oct. 25 in Phoenix, Ariz. The cause of death was not reported.
He became president of Greyhound in 1966 and shepherded the company's move from Chicago to Phoenix, retiring in 1982. During his tenure, Greyhound purchased Armour/Dial, a company twice its size.