Jean O'Leary, 57, a former nun who became a gay activist and organized the first White House meeting of homosexual leaders and helped create National Coming Out Day, died June 4 at the home of her partner in San Clemente, Calif. She had complications from lung cancer.
For three decades, Ms. O'Leary was active in feminist, lesbian and Democratic circles, working for laws prohibiting discrimination against gays and those with AIDS. She joined the Gay Activists Alliance but believed women were deprived of a voice in the male-dominated group and left with others to found a group called Lesbian Feminist Liberation.
Later, she and the alliance's former leader, Bruce Voeller, became co-executive directors of what became the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. They tackled such issues as repealing anti-sodomy laws.
Ms. O'Leary also was active in Democratic politics. In 1976, she was one of three gay delegates to the national convention. She chaired the Democratic National Committee's Gay and Lesbian Caucus from 1992 to 2002. She organized the first White House meeting of gay and lesbian leaders in 1977.
In 1988, she and Rob Eichberg established the first National Coming Out Day, designed for gay people to publicly declare their sexuality. Ms. O'Leary also had served as executive director of a public law firm. In later years, she lived in Palm Springs, Calif., and ran a political consulting firm.
June Edmondson, 85, wife of a former Oklahoma representative Ed Edmondson (D) and mother of the state's attorney general and a state Supreme Court justice, died June 3 in Oklahoma City. She had complications from pneumonia.
June Edmondson met and married her husband when both were serving in the Navy during World War II.
They moved to Muskogee, Okla., his home town, after the war and raised their children. Among them: state Supreme Court Justice James E. Edmondson and state Attorney General W.A. Drew Edmondson.
From 1953 to 1973, Ed Edmondson served as congressman from Oklahoma's 2nd District, and June Edmondson managed households in Oklahoma and Washington. The congressman ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1972, 1974 and 1978. He died in 1990.
Athlete, Banking Official
Paul Amen, 89, a former University of Nebraska sports star and Olympic baseball player who was fired as state banking director following one of Nebraska's biggest financial scandals, died June 4 at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Amen was a native of Lincoln and won letter letters for three years in the 1930s at the University of Nebraska in baseball, basketball and football. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team in 1938.
He coached football at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and at Wake Forest University in North Carolina in the 1950s before returning to Nebraska to begin his banking career. In 1979, he was appointed state banking director by Gov. Charles Thone.
Mr. Amen was fired from that position by Gov. Bob Kerrey in 1983 after the $68 million collapse of Lincoln's Commonwealth Savings Co. More than 6,700 depositors lost money in the failed industrial loan and investment company.