James E. Beasley

Trial Lawyer

James E. Beasley, 78, a renowned Philadelphia trial lawyer who successfully sued Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein on behalf of Sept. 11, 2001, victims, died Sept. 18 at a hospital in Philadelphia of complications of lymphoma.

Mr. Beasley was known as one of the best litigators in the United States, trying more than 400 cases in a 48-year legal career and winning scores of million-dollar verdicts against doctors, hospitals, manufacturers, governments and newspapers.

In May 2003, he won a $104 million judgment -- still uncollected -- on behalf of the families of two men killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, after a federal judge agreed that Iraq had provided "material support" to bin Laden and al Qaeda.

Mr. Beasley also won a $907 million judgment against onetime Philadelphia hippie Ira Einhorn on behalf of the family of Holly Maddux, whom Einhorn beat to death in 1977.

He also represented survivors of the collapse in 2000 of Pier 34 on the Delaware River, in which three women died, and won two major libel suits against the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1990. One of those cases was later settled; the other is awaiting a new trial.

Skeeter Davis

Country Singer

Skeeter Davis, 72, who hit the top of the pop charts with "The End of the World" in 1963 and sang on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 40 years, died Sept. 19 at a hospice in Nashville. She had cancer.

Ms. Davis -- born Mary Frances Penick in Kentucky -- was nicknamed Skeeter by her grandfather, who said she was so active she buzzed around like a mosquito. She made concert tours with Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones early in her career.

She began a solo career after her early duet partner, Betty Jack Davis, was killed in a car wreck in 1953. Skeeter Davis was critically injured in the same accident. She became a regular performer on the Opry, a live radio show, in 1959.

In 1973, she was suspended from the Opry for more than a year for protesting the arrest of "Jesus freaks" in Nashville.

Judith E. Jacobsen

Population Expert

Judith E. Jacobsen, 51, an expert on population growth and environmental issues and a former official of Zero Population Growth, died Aug. 28 of ovarian cancer at her home in Boulder, Colo.

Dr. Jacobsen and her husband, John Firor, wrote "The Crowded Greenhouse" (2002), a book about world population growth and global warming. She was a delegate to the 1994 United Nations Conference on Population in Cairo.

Dr. Jacobsen was a graduate of the University of Maine and received a law degree from the College of William and Mary and a doctorate in geography from the University of Colorado. She worked in Washington in the early 1980s with environmental research groups before moving to Colorado in 1982. She was a consultant with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Geographic Society and the State Department in Nigeria. She was a professor of geography at the University of Wyoming from 1990 to 1992.

She was a member of the board of directors of Zero Population Growth and served two terms as board president in the late 1990s.

She is survived by her husband, her mother and a brother and sister.

Country singer Skeeter Davis