Chinese Catholic Bishop
Zhang Bairen, 90, an underground Chinese Catholic bishop who served 24 years in jail for his loyalty to the Roman Catholic pontiff, died Oct. 12, it was reported in Beijing. He had heart disease.
Dr. Bairen, the Roman Catholic bishop of Hanyang, a city in China's northern Hubei province, was also known as Peter Chang. He received a doctorate in theology from the Pontificio Collegio Urbano in Rome and was ordained as a priest in 1942, according to a statement from a U.S.-based religious monitoring group, the Cardinal Kung Foundation.
Dr. Bairen wrote in 1997 that he told Chinese authorities in 1955 he would rather be shot dead than renounce the pope, the statement said. He was imprisoned from 1955 to 1979.
"I was not shot but spent 24 hard years in prison and slave labor camp," Dr. Bairen was quoted as writing.
China cut ties with the Vatican in 1951, shortly after the officially atheist Communist Party took power. The Cardinal Kung Foundation says the unofficial church of Chinese loyal to Rome has 12 million followers.
Richard Stone Reeves
Richard Stone Reeves, 85, one of the world's greatest painters of horses including Affirmed and Secretariat, died Oct. 7 in Greenport, N.Y. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Reeves, whose career began in the late 1940s, was commissioned by top equestrian owners and breeders and painted more than 1,000 thoroughbreds. Besides Affirmed and Secretariat, his subjects included Dark Star, Genuine Risk, Seattle Slew and Spectacular Bid. His list of patrons included Paul Mellon, Allaire duPont and Harry Guggenheim.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan gave Queen Elizabeth II a copy of Mr. Reeves's "Decade of Champions." The special-edition book included a commissioned watercolor by Mr. Reeves of Dunfermline, the queen's champion racehorse.
Mr. Reeves's works, often reproduced in newspapers and magazines, were done in oil on canvas and were neo-Romantic, showing the horses against pastoral backgrounds.
Wife of Boxer
Sonji Clay-Glover, 59, the first wife of boxing great Muhammad Ali, was found dead Oct. 11 at her home on Chicago's South Side, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The office said her death was reported to them as being of natural causes, so no autopsy would be performed. A nephew told the Chicago Sun-Times that she may have suffered a heart attack.
She was introduced to Ali by his manager, Herbert Muhammad, when the heavyweight champion still was known as Cassius Clay. They married 41 days later, Aug. 14, 1964. But the couple divorced by 1966 amid conflict over Ali's increasing devotion to the Nation of Islam.
Mrs. Clay-Glover, an aspiring singer, recorded a couple of singles for Aries Record Productions, including "I Can't Wait (Until I See My Baby's Face)" and the ballad "Here I Am and Here I'll Stay."
Tobin Armstrong, 82, a rancher with strong political ties who served for 48 years as director of a leading cattle industry association, died Oct. 7 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. No cause of death was reported.
He was the grandson of John Armstrong III, who made a career as an outlaw-hunting Texas Ranger. The family was one of the few to dominate the harsh, deep South Texas terrain, eventually establishing the roots of the American beef industry.
In 2001, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, a lobbying and law enforcement group, named Mr. Armstrong honorary vice president after 48 years as director of the association.
He was a White House guest of President George H.W. Bush's and had been a hunting buddy of Vice President Cheney's.