Alphonse Boudard

Writer and Criminal

Alphonse Boudard, 74, a French writer who brought the world of his rough youth to his novels, died Jan. 14 at a clinic in Nice, France. He had heart and respiratory ailments.

He made his debut on the literary scene with the novel "The Metamorphosis of the Woodlice," which he wrote in 1962 after spending four years in jail for burglary.

His 1963 novel, "The Cherry," won the Sainte-Beuve prize and "The Fighters for Small Happiness" won the Renaudot prize in 1977. The prestigious Academie Francaise awarded his "To Die From Childhood" a great novel prize in 1995.

In a statement Jan. 15, French President Jacques Chirac hailed Mr. Boudard as a real character with a sense of friendship who was "one of these authors who give our language rhythm, color and vigor."

Timothy P. Forte

Aviation Commentator

Timothy P. Forte, 49, a former government official who was the aviation safety director of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a commentator on airplane crashes, was killed Jan. 12 in a traffic accident on Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach, Fla.

He worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board from 1970 to 1995. He then joined Embry-Riddle as an executive consultant, director of the Office of Aviation Safety and chairman of the University Safety Council.

As the flight safety officer, Mr. Forte often commented on airline crashes and National Transportation Safety Board investigations for national news media organizations.