Margaret Louise Coit Elwell
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian
Margaret Louise Coit Elwell, 83, whose book about the South Carolina senator, Cabinet officer and vice president, "John C. Calhoun: American Portrait," won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for biography, died March 15 in Amesbury, Mass. The cause of death was not reported.
She grew up in Greensboro, N.C. and came to venerate Calhoun. From university archives, letters from Calhoun, his wife and colleagues and interviews with Calhoun's last surviving grandson, Mrs. Elwell, writing as Margaret Coit, won rave reviews. Her later books included "Sweep Westward, 1829-1849," "Andrew Jackson" and "Mr. Baruch," a biography of financier Bernard Baruch.
George Bayer, 77, a former University of Washington and Washington Redskins lineman who won three PGA Tour events, died March 16 at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., after a heart attack.
As a college senior, he played in the 1949 East-West Shrine Game. Drafted by the Redskins in the 20th round, he quit after six games because of a dispute with team owner George Preston Marshall.
Mr. Bayer won the 1957 Canadian Open, 1958 Mayfair Inn Open and 1960 St. Petersburg Open. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds in his prime, in a time of wooden clubs and low-technology golf balls, he set a record with a tournament drive of 436 yards that has since been broken.
Richard Carroll, 80, a Hollywood clothier who dressed such film stars such as Cary Grant, Clark Gable and Fred Astaire, as well as director Billy Wilder, studio mogul Lew Wasserman and future president Ronald Reagan, died March 15 in Beverly Hills after a heart attack.
Mr. Carroll founded Carroll & Co. in 1949 after getting laid off as a Warner Bros. publicist. His store, a cornerstone of fabled Rodeo Drive for 44 years, clothed performers in more than 300 motion pictures and TV shows. He built a client base of celebrities and public figures by adhering to meticulous service, impeccable tailoring, European fabrics and discretion.
Robert M. Shelton
Alabama Klan Leader
Robert M. Shelton, 73, the longtime head of a powerful Ku Klux Klan faction that spread violence and terror across Alabama in the 1960s and 1970s, died March 17 at a hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. No cause of death was listed, but he had a history of heart problems.
Mr. Shelton was once imperial wizard of the United Klans of America Inc., considered the largest Klan faction in its heyday.
He briefly went to federal prison in 1969 for refusing to release Klan membership rolls to the House Committee on Un-American Activities. But it was a string of later legal defeats that spelled the end of the group, which once claimed 40,000 dues-paying members.