Ralph Moody

Race Car Builder

Ralph Moody, 86, a racing pioneer and Hall of Fame member who won 93 races as a car owner on NASCAR's top circuit, died June 9 at his home in Mooresville, N.C. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Between 1958 and 1972, Mr. Moody was a partner with John Holman in Holman-Moody Racing, which consistently put drivers in the winner's circle. David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti and Bobby Allison won races in Holman-Moody cars. Mr. Moody also won five races as a driver in 1956-57.

As a teenager in Massachusetts, he built a Model T Ford race car. He drove a tank in the Army during World War II and resumed racing after the war. After selling his shares in Holman-Moody in 1971, Mr. Moody built race cars and engines and researched high-mileage automobiles. He was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1990 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Leonard H. McRoskey

Former Navy Official

Leonard H. McRoskey, 84, a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy who ran an unsuccessful campaign for California state senator against former Chicago Seven radical Tom Hayden, died June 9 at his home in Los Angeles. No cause of death was announced.

A Republican, Mr. McRoskey was deputy assistant secretary of the Navy from 1986 to 1988. He launched a write-in campaign in 1992 and wound up on the ballot against Hayden, a Democrat, who won the race with 57 percent of the vote.

Barbara Whiting Smith


Barbara Whiting Smith, 73, an actress who performed in films in the 1940s and 1950s and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died June 9 of cancer at a hospital in Pontiac, Mich. She lived in Bloomfield Village, Mich. She was the sister of singer Margaret Whiting and the daughter of composer Richard A. Whiting, who wrote hundreds of songs, including "Hooray for Hollywood."

Born in Los Angeles, Mrs. Smith got her break in movies when she was 13, playing the role of Fuffy Adams in the 1945 film "Junior Miss." With that, 20th Century Fox signed her to a contract. Some of her other films include "Home, Sweet Homicide," "Carnival in Costa Rica," "Beware, My Lovely" and "Dangerous When Wet."

She also performed in a "Junior Miss" radio series from 1952 to 1954 and starred with her sister in "Those Whiting Girls," a TV show that ran for two years. In 1959, after marrying Gail Smith, an executive with General Motors, she moved to Michigan and retired from acting.

Gulshair El Shukrijumah

Islamic Scholar

Gulshair El Shukrijumah, 74, an internationally known Islamic scholar whose son was named a terrorism suspect by the FBI, died June 11 at his home in Miramar, Fla. He had had a series of strokes since his son, 28-year-old Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, was labeled in March as a serious threat to U.S. interests at home and abroad.

Family members have denied that the son has any connection to terrorism. The family tried to keep the news from the elder Mr. El Shukrijumah, but he saw his son's picture on television. After suffering the strokes, he went into a coma and never recovered.

A native of Guyana, Mr. El Shukrijumah retired to Florida after leading a New York City mosque that was attended by at least one suspect from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.