Whitman Knapp

New York Judge

Whitman Knapp, 95, a judge who worked to eliminate corruption in New York City's police department before beginning a 30-year career on the federal bench, died June 14 at a hospice in New York.

He had pneumonia.

Mr. Knapp presided over the five-member commission that investigated widespread police corruption in the early 1970s. In 1970, Mayor John V. Lindsay appointed him to what became known as the Knapp Commission.

The commission earned a spot in a movie about Frank Serpico, a legendary whistle-blower who was labeled a traitor by other police officers for refusing payoffs and turning in crooked police officers.

In 1972, Mr. Knapp was appointed to the federal bench by President Richard M. Nixon. During the next three decades, he presided over several high-profile cases, including the 1986 prosecution of former Bronx Democratic leader Stanley Friedman.

Rosemary Breslin


Rosemary Breslin, 47, a New York-based writer who penned a critically acclaimed book about her bout with a rare blood disease that has no name, died of the chronic illness June 14 at a hospital in New York.

Ms. Breslin was the third of six children of Pulitzer Prize-winning Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin and his first wife, Rosemary. Ms. Breslin began her reporting career in the late 1970s at the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and then went to the New York Times and the New York Daily News, where she wrote feature stories.

Her mysterious illness set in during 1989, when she was 32. The headache that wouldn't go away, as she once described it, was determined to be life-threatening, and she underwent unremitting transfusions, treatments and doctor's visits.

While battling her illness, Ms. Breslin became fluent in Italian, crafted scripts for "NYPD Blue" and described her feelings about her condition in a series of essays published in New York Newsday and the Los Angeles Times.

She wrote a memoir in 1997, "Not Exactly What I Had in Mind: An Incurable Love Story."

Michael C. Hawley

Gillette Executive

Michael C. Hawley, 66, former chairman and chief executive of the Gillette Co. who was credited with helping expand the firm's international operations, died June 13 in Boston. No cause of death was reported.

Mr. Hawley worked at Gillette for 37 years. He became president of the Boston-based battery and toiletries maker in 1995 and served as chairman and chief executive from 1999 to 2000.

From 1976 to 1985, Mr. Hawley ran Asia operations for Gillette from Australia and later worked as president of Oral B Laboratories, a subsidiary of Gillette in Redwood City, Calif.

William W. Hunsberger

Newspaper Publisher

William W. Hunsberger, 55, president and publisher of Mississippi's most widely circulated newspaper, the Clarion-Ledger, died June 13 at a hospital in Jackson, Miss., after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Hunsberger, who accepted the position in August 1998, first worked at the Clarion-Ledger from 1985 to 1990 as circulation director. In 1991, he became president and publisher of the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American, and in 1995, he became vice president of circulation at the Cincinnati Enquirer.