Leon Stukelj

Olympic Gymnast

Leon Stukelj, 100, a six-time gymnastics Olympic medalist who had a trademark move still known as the Stukelj maneuver, died Nov. 8 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, after a heart attack.

He won Olympic gold medals in the horizontal bar and all-around competition at Paris in 1924. He won another gold in the rings at Amsterdam in 1928. He also won two bronze medals at Amsterdam, in the all-around and team exercises, and a silver in the rings at Berlin in 1936.

Mr. Stukelj went on to work as a judge and also wrote books on gymnastics. He remained involved in Slovenia's sports scene and kept up his health by working out on rings in his apartment and by taking hour-long walks in a nearby park.

James Goldstone

Film, TV Director

James Goldstone, 68, a longtime director of feature films and television shows, including the pilot episode for the NBC-TV series "Star Trek," died of cancer Nov. 5 in Shaftsbury, Vt.

He said he was hired for the "Star Trek" assignments because he had done a couple episodes of "Outer Limits" and knew "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry from working with him on the "Highway Patrol" series. Mr. Goldstone said he had never bothered viewing the pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," because he didn't enjoy watching television.

He directed such movies as "Red Sky at Morning," "Winning" and "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." He won a directing Emmy in 1981 for the TV movie "Kent State" and was nominated in 1970 for "Clear and Present Danger," another TV movie.

William M. Goodhart


William Malcolm Goodhart, 74, author of the hit 1965 Broadway comedy "Generation," which was directed by Gene Saks and starred Henry Fonda as a father coping with an unconventional daughter, died of heart disease Oct. 20 at his home on Shelter Island, N.Y.

He was a physics major at Yale University before enlisting in the Army during World War II. After the war, he returned to Yale to study drama. He later became a writer and producer for Warner Bros. His screen credits include "The Heretic," which was a sequel to "The Exorcist," and "Cloud Dancer." In 1969, he adapted "Generation" to the big screen.

Biagio DiLieto

New Haven Mayor

Biagio DiLieto, 76, a Democrat who served as mayor of New Haven, Conn., for 10 years and was credited with revitalizing the city's arts district, died Nov. 8 after battling lung and bladder cancer for years.

Mr. DiLieto, who was known as Ben, retired in 1989 after serving 10 years as mayor. He shied away from public life in his later years.

During his five terms, he worked to reopen the Shubert Theater and create Artspace, the surrounding Audubon Arts District and the New Haven Jazz Festival.

Perry Morgan


Perry Morgan, 72, retired publisher of the Virginian-Pilot and the Ledger-Star newspapers in Norfolk who once headed news operations at parent Landmark Communications Inc., died Nov. 7 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Mr. Morgan, a Georgia farm boy and World War II veteran, worked for the Associated Press in Atlanta for a time after graduating from the University of Georgia. He worked at several newspapers before becoming editor of the Charlotte News in North Carolina and the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. He came to Norfolk in 1973 as executive editor and, later, publisher. He retired in 1985 but continued to write a column.

Hank Messick

Journalist and Author

Hank Messick, 77, a journalist and author whose works included a biography of mobster Meyer Lansky, died Nov. 6 at his home near Cocoa in Central Florida. He had been suffering from Sjogren's syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disorder, for more than a decade.

Mr. Messick formed an alliance in the early 1960s with mob investigators working for the intelligence division of the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department's organized crime strike forces. He wrote 19 books, most of them about organized crime. The best known of these was "Lansky," a biography of the late mobster.

Joe Serna Jr.

Sacramento Mayor

Joe Serna Jr., 60, the mayor of Sacramento and a former college professor who spent nearly two decades as an elected city official, died Nov. 7 at home of kidney cancer and complications arising from diabetes.

President Clinton issued a statement saying that he and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton were "deeply saddened" to learn of Serna's death and that their thoughts and prayers were with Mr. Serna's family.

Mr. Serna was elected in 1981 to the Sacramento City Council, where he served 11 years. He was elected mayor in 1992 and reelected in 1996.