George W. Hill

Baptist Minister

The Rev. George W. Hill, 86, a Los Angeles Baptist minister and advocate for peace and social justice who headed churches across the country, died March 3 in a retirement community in Claremont, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

During his 62-year ministry, he traveled to 84 countries and, in his seventies, drove trucks filled with relief supplies to Nicaragua and accompanied Pastors for Peace mercy missions to Cuba. He moderated such television and radio programs as "Talk Back," "Sunday," "Interaction" and "What's Your Answer?"

The Los Angeles native was ordained in 1940 and came to Washington in 1971 as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. During his 15 years in Washington, he led efforts to create the U.S. Institute for Peace and made his church a haven for the poor and homeless. Under his direction, Calvary housed 35 homeless women in its basement each night, provided daily free lunches and hosted Thanksgiving dinners for as many as 800 needy people.

Jim Donald

Advocate for the Disabled

Jim Donald, 57, a quadriplegic lawyer and advocate for the disabled who served as deputy director for legal and legislative affairs of the California Rehabilitation Department, died Feb. 24 in Sacramento, apparently as a result of falling from his wheelchair.

Mr. Donald, who practiced law from his Sacramento home, was disabled in an accident at age 19. He became one of the first quadriplegic students in the mid-1960s at the University of California at Berkeley, where he began a lifelong involvement in activism for the disabled.

Over the years, he waged battles that eliminated the prohibition against disabled jurors and made it easier for disabled drivers to obtain auto insurance. He championed a law that gave wheelchair users the same right as the legally blind to have guide dogs accompany them in public places, a law often referred to as the "Gus Law" after Mr. Donald's golden retriever.

John Sanford


John Sanford, 98, a prolific writer who was blacklisted in the 1950s for his membership in the Communist Party, died of an aortic aneurysm March 6 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Mr. Sanford, a communist for most of his life who never renounced his party membership, wrote about such dark passages in American history as slavery and the execution of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in 1927. He published 24 books and was compared to William Carlos Williams and John Dos Passos.

He was perhaps best known for "A More Goodly Country," a 1975 book written in the vignette style. He continued using the vignette style in his five autobiographical works, beginning with "The Color of the Air: Scenes From the Life of an American Jew."

Zoltan Buki

Museum Curator

Zoltan Buki, 73, curator of fine arts at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton from 1969 to 1999, during which time he helped build the collection of 20th-century American art, died March 9 at his home in Frederick. He had lung cancer.

Mr. Buki was a native of Hungary, and his earliest positions included curator of fine arts at the Arkansas Arts Center and chairman of fine arts at Humboldt State University in California. He moved to the Washington area in 2001.

He wrote articles on such subjects as painter Thomas Eakins's bronze sculptures. Mr. Buki considered his own paintings of still lifes, exhibited in February at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, to be a statement against the inaccessibility of abstract paintings.