Bruno W. Augenstein

Space and Missile Scientist

Bruno W. Augenstein, 82, a Rand Corp. physicist who was a central figure in the development of space and missile programs, died of cancer July 6 at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Mr. Augenstein was chief scientist at Rand in the 1970s. But he began to make his mark in the 1950s, when he was the project leader on intercontinental ballistic missiles and chief scientist for satellite programs. He moved on to Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., where he was director of planning. In the 1960s, he worked as a Defense Department special assistant for reconnaissance and intelligence, and was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award.

He returned to Rand in 1967, and in 1972 became its chief scientist. He took emeritus status in 1995.

Mr. Augenstein, who was a German immigrant as a child, graduated from Brown University and received a master's degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1945. He was a past regent of the National Library of Medicine and a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington.

Little Milton

Bluesman

Little Milton, 71, the Mississippi bluesman known for his supple guitar skills, booming voice and the affirming civil rights-era song "We're Gonna Make It," died of complications from a brain aneurysm Aug. 4 at Delta Medical Center in Memphis.

The Blues Hall of Fame member, whose name was Milton Campbell, had a five-decade career that took him from small Mississippi Delta towns to a Grammy nomination in 2000 for his album "Welcome to Little Milton."

Little Milton belted out blues and R&B classics in a rough, soul-oriented style that was most often compared to the vocals of Bobby "Blue" Bland. Little Milton won six W.C. Handy Awards, including the 1988 trophy for Entertainer of the Year.

"They started calling me the master of the chitlin' circuit, but I love the chitlin' circuit," he told the Los Angeles Times in 1987. "It keeps me eating and living the type of lifestyle I enjoy. It's been good to me."