Barbara Durham

Chief Justice

Barbara Durham, 60, former chief justice of the Washington state Supreme Court, died of a neurodegenerative disorder Dec. 30 at a care facility in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Ms. Durham was the second woman to serve on the state Supreme Court. She was chief justice from 1995 to December 1998 and resigned in January 1999, continuing to serve on the bench for several months.

Gov. John Spellman appointed Ms. Durham to the state Supreme Court in 1985. One of her first acts as chief justice was to establish the Walsh Commission to study how judges are selected.

President Bill Clinton nominated her for a federal judgeship in January 1999, but she withdrew her name, saying serious heart problems had recently been diagnosed in her husband.

Champ Clark

Journalist and Instructor

Champ Clark, 79, a former Time magazine writer and editor who lectured in newswriting at the University of Virginia from the mid-1970s to 1996 and then was on the school's Board of Visitors until 2000, died Dec. 21 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He had cancer.

Mr. Clark was the son of Sen. Joel Bennett "Champ" Clark (D-Mo.), whose father was U.S. House Speaker James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark (D-Mo.). Mr. Clark was active in Virginia Republican activities and was an early mentor to Sen. George Allen (R-Va.).

He worked for Time from 1951 to the early 1970s, writing several Man of the Year cover stories and retiring as a senior editor and correspondent. He later wrote five books and edited dozens of others for Time Life Books.

Ian Hornak

Representational Artist

Ian Hornak, 58, a representational artist whose paintings of flowers, food and tablecloths were infused with a hyper-real look and whose works have been displayed by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, died of an aneurysm Dec. 9 in Southampton, N.Y.

Mr. Hornak, who was born in Philadelphia, received bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts from Wayne State University. He later moved to New York, where he met fellow artists Willem de Kooning and Lowell Nesbitt. He had exhibited his work frequently at New York art galleries since the early 1970s.

Edward J. Kulik

Chrysler Building Rejuvenator

Edward J. Kulik, 76, an executive whose insurance company took over New York's Chrysler Building in the 1970s and restored it to elegance, died of a brain tumor Dec. 26 at a hospital in Springfield, Mass.

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. took over the famed New York City skyscraper in foreclosure in 1985. Mr. Kulik, the company's senior vice president, led a dramatic $23 million rejuvenation of the building. Over the next four years, the building was outfitted with modern heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems, its elevators were retooled and murals inside the lobby were restored.

Regine Orfinger Karlin

Human Rights Campaigner

Regine Orfinger Karlin, 92, a human rights campaigner and heroine of Belgium's resistance to Nazi occupation, died Dec. 28, it was reported in Brussels. The cause of death was not given.

Mrs. Orfinger Karlin, a lawyer, served in the resistance as a partisan commander in southern Belgium during World War II. She restored the Belgian Human Rights League after its wartime suspension and was a prominent campaigner for the rights of minorities and for equality between the sexes.

Glen Seator

Sculptor

Glen Seator, 46, a sculptor whose works were exhibited internationally, died Dec. 21 in a fall while working on the roof of his house in Brooklyn, N.Y.

One of his best-known pieces was "B.D.O.," which replicated an office inside a large wooden box and was displayed in the 1997 Whitney Biennial. The box was placed at a 45-degree angle, causing viewers to feel temporarily disoriented.

Mr. Seator, an Illinois native, had his first solo exhibitions in New York at the Sculpture Center and at Art in General in 1991. His works were also exhibited in European cities including London, Warsaw and Vienna.