Charles L. Ward

Capitol Hill Aide

Charles L. Ward, 81, who had served as chief of staff to former House speaker Carl Albert (D-Okla.) and as administrative assistant to former senator David Boren (D-Okla.), died Dec. 11 in Tulsa. The cause of death was not reported.

He came to Washington and worked for Albert from 1959 until Albert retired in 1976. After failing to win a congressional seat in Oklahoma himself, Mr. Ward returned to Washington and worked for the National Association of Retail Druggists until joining the staff of the newly elected Boren. He retired from Boren's staff and returned to Oklahoma in 1988.

Mr. Ward, who was born in Texas, was a journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Before joining Albert's staff, he had served as managing editor of a newspaper in Durant, Okla.

William Eldred Jackson

New York Lawyer

William Eldred Jackson, 80, a New York lawyer with an international clientele that included Nelson A. Rockefeller, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the king of Morocco, died Dec. 4 in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Jackson, a son of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, was an honors graduate of Yale University and a 1944 graduate of Harvard University Law School. He joined the Wall Street law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in 1947 and became a partner in 1954.

He was Rockefeller's personal lawyer in 1974, when President Gerald Ford picked the governor to replace him as vice president, and also represented Mrs. Onassis after the death of her second husband, Aristotle Onassis. In the 1970s, Jackson won two landmark Supreme Court cases for the New York Stock Exchange that established guidelines for class-action cases in the securities industry.

Shirley Hemphill

Actress

Shirley Hemphill, 52, who played a wisecracking waitress on the 1970s sitcom "What's Happening," was found dead Dec. 10 at her home in West Covina, Calif. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner said that the death appeared to be the result of natural causes.

Ms. Hemphill played waitress Shirley Wilson on "What's Happening." The comedy, which ran from 1976 to 1979, centered on three high school students who hung out together.

She also appeared on the series "One in a Million" in 1980, followed by a remake of the 1970s show called "What's Happening Now" from 1985 to 1988.

Everett Carll Ladd Jr.

Polling Authority

Everett Carll Ladd Jr., 62, a polling authority who wrote and edited more than 20 books on the subject, died Dec. 8 in Storrs, Conn. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Ladd was a professor of political science at the University of Connecticut for 35 years. He also headed the Roper Center at the university, which is among the world's largest archives of polling data with records on more than 14,000 national and international surveys.

He wrote the textbook "The American Polity," now in its sixth edition, and was a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other periodicals. He also spent 10 years as senior editor of Public Opinion magazine and six years as opinion sampling editor at the American Enterprise magazine.

Peter Baida

Writer

Peter Baida, 49, a Baltimore native and New York resident who was a prize-winning author, died of liver failure Dec. 10 at a hospital. He had cancer and hemophilia.

His writing included the short story, "A Nurse's Story," which appeared in the Gettysburg Review in 1998 and won an O. Henry Award the next year. He also was the author of nonfiction works, such as his 1990 book, "Poor Richard's Legacy: American Business Values from Benjamin Franklin to Donald Trump."

Mr. Baida was a 1972 magna cum laude graduate graduate of Harvard University, where he received a degree in English. In 1973, he received a master's degree in creative writing from Boston University. He taught English at the Boys Latin School in Baltimore from 1973 to 1976, then spent 20 years on the communications staff of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.