Stephen Jatras, 73, former president and chief executive officer of Telex Corp.--where he invented a "plug-compatible" terminal that worked with IBM computers--died Jan. 8 in Tulsa. The cause of death was not reported.
He joined Telex in 1966 as its president and became chief executive officer in 1981. In 1987, Telex joined Memorex with Mr. Jatras becoming vice chairman of Memorex Telex. In 1990, the company announced he had reduced his role at the company to a part-time basis, a move leading to his retirement.
In 1987, Forbes magazine had ranked Telex 55th on its list of the 1,000 fastest-growing computer companies. Also in 1987, Business Week magazine listed Mr. Jatras as one of "America's corporate elite," a list of chief executives of the 1,000 most valuable publicly owned companies in the United States.
Edward T. Hanley
Edward T. Hanley, 67, who led a national union for hotel and restaurant workers for 25 years before retiring during a federal corruption investigation, died Jan. 7 in a head-on collision on a country highway in Land O' Lakes, Wis. The accident is under investigation.
During his years as president of the 244,000-member Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, he became recognized for bringing young people back into the labor movement. He wielded power with strong political connections--he was a confidant of such figures as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.).
His tenure also was marked by federal investigations into alleged links with organized crime and improper expenditures, which the union denied. Hanley's retirement in 1998 was part of an agreement with a federal monitor who had been named to purge mob influence from the union.
Nigel Tranter, 90, a Scottish writer who over six decades published 130 volumes of fiction, children's stories and history, died Jan. 9 at his home in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. He had been bedridden with influenza for the last week of his life.
He published his first book entitled "The Fortalices and Early Mansions of Southern Scotland" in 1935. His first novel, "Trespass," was published in 1937 while he was working for an insurance company. Between 1962 and 1971, he published five volumes entitled "The Fortified House in Scotland."
In the 1960s, his research of the history of 663 Scottish castles and their occupants led him to writing historical books. His most recent book, "Sword of State," published in 1999, recounted the 13th-century story of Patrick, Master of Dunbar, and his friendship with Alexander II, who became King of Scots at the age of 16.