The obituary of Stella Marie Mudd Kelley, which appeared in The Post Jan. 9, incorrectly reported the fate of Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd. It should have reported that he received a life prison sentence for giving medical treatment to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and in 1869 received a presidential pardon. (Published 01/10/2000)

W.E. Fleming


W.E. Fleming, 77, the man who received acclaim for making shoes so a footless goose could walk, died Dec. 31 in Grand Island, Neb. The cause of death was not reported.

He adopted Andy the Goose in 1988 after watching the bird struggle to walk. The goose had stumps instead of feet and moved by pushing itself along the ground on its chest. He fitted Andy with size 0 baby tennis shoes and, with a leash, taught it to walk.

Mr. Fleming and Andy made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He also was featured in People magazine and newspapers worldwide. But the story ended tragically in 1991 when Andy was found dead in a park, his neck broken.

Harald H. Rossi


Harald Hermann Rossi, 82, a biophysicist and professor emeritus of Columbia University medical school who had developed an innovative use of radiation to track its effects on living things, died Jan. 1 at his home in Upper Nyack, N.Y. The cause of death was not reported.

He developed what became known as microdosimetry, which measures the microscopic distributions of energy for different types of radiation. Those measurements are important factors in radiation therapy and radiation protection.

Dr. Rossi designed many instruments now used in radiation measurement, including the proportional counter, which measures the energy deposited by radiation in microscopic sites like cells.

William B. Decker

Writer and Editor

William Butterfield Decker, 73, a novelist and former editor with McGraw-Hill Books and the Viking Press in New York, died Jan. 6 in Ashland, Ore., after a stroke.

He had edited such authors as Earnest Gaines ("The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman"), Larry McMurtry ("The Last Picture Show") and Pulitzer prize-winner Wallace Stegner.

He wrote two novels: "To Be a Man" in 1967, which the New York Times named one of the 10 best novels of the year; and "Holdout" in 1979, which won the Western Writers Association's Golden Spur award for best Western novel.

Thomas J. MacBride

California Judge

Thomas J. MacBride, 85, the former California state assemblyman and federal judge who presided over the trial of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson who was convicted of attempting to kill President Ford in 1975, died Jan. 6 in Sacramento. The cause of death was not reported.

Judge MacBride had served in the Assembly from 1955 until 1960. He was appointed to the U.S. District Court in 1961 and later became chief judge of the Eastern District of California. He took senior judge status in 1979.

Stella Marie Mudd Kelley

Washington Native

Stella Marie Mudd Kelley, 100, a Washington native who was a granddaughter of Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, who was executed for his involvement in the assassination of President Lincoln, died of pneumonia Jan. 7 at a hospital in Sacramento. She lived in Sacramento.

Mrs. Kelley graduated from Visitation Academy and was a secretary with the U.S. Geological Survey before moving to California in the 1920s.