Aviation Executive, Author
Jack Real, 90, who helped develop the Apache helicopter and wrote a book on his friendship with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, died Sept. 6 at a hospital in Mission Hills, Calif. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Real was a vice president for Lockheed Martin Corp. and headed Hughes's helicopter division before becoming president and chief executive of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co.
His 2003 book, "The Asylum of Howard Hughes," detailed his 20-year friendship with Hughes, including his efforts to arrange a flight to carry an ailing Hughes from Mexico to a Houston hospital in 1976. Hughes died en route.
At Lockheed, Mr. Real helped design, develop and test the B-14 Hudson Bomber and the Cheyenne helicopter, among other aircraft.
Mayor of Selma
Joe Smitherman, 75, the former mayor of Selma, Ala., who held office for decades during the civil rights era, died Sept. 11 at a hospital in Montgomery, Ala. He had a heart condition and had undergone hip surgery after a fall at his home.
A former appliance salesman, Mr. Smitherman was a 34-year-old city council member when first elected mayor in 1964 as a segregationist. At the time, only about 150 blacks were registered to vote in Selma. Six months later, marchers seeking equal voting rights were beaten by police on a Selma bridge; the event came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."
Like his friend and mentor, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace (D), Mr. Smitherman eventually apologized for his segregationist past and in later years openly campaigned for black votes. He bragged that he appointed nine black department heads, including a black police chief.
He was defeated in 2000 by James Perkins Jr., an information technology consultant who became the city's first black mayor. By that time, black voters made up at least 65 percent of Selma's electorate.
Eugene D. O'Kelly
KPMG Chief Executive
Eugene D. O'Kelly, 53, the former chairman and chief executive of the accounting firm KPMG LLP, died of cancer Sept. 10 at his home in New York City, the company said.
Mr. O'Kelly resigned his executive roles at KPMG in June. He led KPMG from 2002 to this year and is recognized for changing the company's structure, culture and governance after it was badly stung by a government probe into tax shelters it devised for wealthy clients from 1997 through 2000.
Mr. O'Kelly, a native New Yorker, joined KPMG in 1972 in San Francisco and was made a partner a decade later.