Marguerite Churchill

Film Actress

Marguerite Churchill, 90, an actress who was John Wayne's leading lady in his first major movie, the 1930 Raoul Walsh film "The Big Trail," died Jan. 9 at a nursing home in Broken Arrow, Okla. The cause of death was not reported.

She also appeared with Will Rogers in two films, "Ambassador Bill" and "They Had to See Paris." In 1932, she took a break from movies to appear in the original Broadway production of "Dinner at Eight."

She married actor George O'Brien, a star of many Hollywood Westerns, in 1933 after co-starring with him in Zane Grey's "Riders of the Purple Sage." She retired from movies a few years later, returning to the screen just once after that, for the film "Bunco Squad," made two years after her 1948 divorce from O'Brien.

Milton Krents

Broadcast Executive

Milton Krents, 88, a broadcast executive who produced the religious drama and discussion series "The Eternal Light" on NBC radio for the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, died Jan. 8 at a hospital in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

He received a lifetime achievement award in 1989 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for producing "Light" from its inception in 1944 until 1989. By 1979, "Light" was broadcasting's oldest continuous drama series. Its dramas ranged from biblical tales to the lives of renowned contemporaries.

Mr. Krents, who was director of radio and television at the American Jewish Committee, also received a Media Arts award and a medal from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Leon Radzinowicz


Sir Leon Radzinowicz, 93, a world-renowned criminologist who played a leading role in establishing the field as an academic discipline, died Dec. 29 in Haverford, Pa. The cause of death was not reported.

He founded the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University in 1959 and served as a consultant to several nations and to President Lyndon B. Johnson's Commission on Violence.

Sir Leon, who was born in Poland, received a law doctorate from the Law School and Institute of Criminology in Rome at age 22. He joined the Cambridge faculty in 1941, then founded the Institute of Criminology there 18 years later.

Janet Jeffery Harris

Goucher College Official

Janet Jeffery Harris, 90, who became the first woman to head Goucher College's board of trustees, a post she held from 1977 to 1979, died Jan. 7 at her home in Towson, Md. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Harris, a 1930 English graduate of Goucher, was director of the Goucher College Alumnae Association Board from 1937 to 1940 and a member of the college's board of trustees for 30 years.

In 1975, she received the John Franklin Goucher medal for service to the college. In 1982, she was elected a Goucher trustee emerita.

Thomas A. Roe Jr.

Political Activist

Thomas A. Roe Jr., 72, who helped build the Republican Party in South Carolina, co-founded a national network of state policy think tanks and once served as an adviser to President Ronald Reagan, died Jan. 9 in Greenville, S.C. The cause of death was not reported.

He was board chairman of Builder Marts of America Inc., but he is best known for starting the South Carolina Policy Education Council Foundation with a group of Greenville businessmen in the mid-1980s. He later served as chairman emeritus of the State Policy Network, which linked similar conservative think tanks in 42 states.

Roger Barr

California Sculptor

Roger Barr, 78, a sculptor whose work is in the collections of institutions ranging from the Smithsonian Insitution to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, died Jan. 7 in Santa Rosa, Calif. He had diabetes.

Mr. Barr, a Navy flier during World War II, studied and taught art in Wisconsin, New Mexico and California. He also illustrated several books, including "The Conversion of the Jews" and "Epstein," both by Philip Roth.

Valerio Volpini

Newspaper Editor

Valerio Volpini, 77, who was chosen by Pope Paul VI in the 1970s to be the top editor of the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, a post he held from 1978 to 1984, died Jan. 11 at a hospital in his native Fano, Italy. He died of complications of a broken leg he received in a fall last month.