Born Nov. 3, 1925, in Fresno, Veron earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 and a law degree in 1950, both from USC. Veron and Armstrong, who had been USC law school classmates, formed a law firm in 1952.

Frank Bare

Gymnastics figure

Frank Bare, 80, a champion gymnast who became the first executive director of what is now USA Gymnastics, died of pneumonia Friday at the V.A. San Diego Medical Center in La Jolla, said his wife, Linda.

Bare won an NCAA gymnastics title competing for the University of Illinois and was a gymnastics coach and judge. He was asked to lead the newly formed U.S. Gymnastics Federation when it was founded in 1963 and was the federation's executive director until 1980.

In addition to organizing the first U.S. Gymnastics Federation national championships, Bare started the American Cup, which has become one of the sport's most prestigious international events.

Bare was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Kennett, Mo., and grew up in Arkansas. He won the NCAA title in the pommel horse in 1952 and also won two Big Ten Conference championships. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1954 and a master's in 1959.

Bare was inducted into the USA Gymnastics and International Gymnastics halls of fame.

Jack D. Forbes

American Indian activist and scholar

Jack D. Forbes, 77, a prominent American Indian activist, author and scholar at UC Davis who co-founded the first tribal college in California, died Feb. 23 at Sutter Davis Hospital, family spokeswoman Melissa Johnson said. No cause was given.

In 1971, Forbes joined other American Indian activists to start Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University at a former Army facility several miles west of UC Davis.

He served on the board and taught as a volunteer for more than 25 years. The college lost its accreditation and closed in 2005.

Forbes was born Jan. 7, 1934, in Long Beach of Powhatan-Renapé and Delaware-Lenápe heritage. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy, a master's in history and a doctorate in history and anthropology from USC. He joined UC Davis in 1969 as one of the founding professors of its Native American studies program and retired in 1994.

Necmettin Erbakan

Leader of Turkish Islamic political movement

Necmettin Erbakan, 84, a longtime leader of Turkey's Islamic political movement and briefly the country's prime minister in the first Islamic-led coalition in its modern history, died Sunday of heart failure at a hospital in Ankara, Turkey, doctors said.

Erbakan served only a year as prime minister before he was pressured by the secular military to step down in 1997. His Welfare Party was shut down by the Constitutional Court for undermining secularism, which led to the birth of the country's now ruling Justice and Development Party as well as several small pro-Islamic parties.

Erbakan was born in 1926 in Sinop on the Black Sea and taught engineering at Istanbul Technical University before entering politics. He was elected to parliament as an independent in 1969 and planted the seeds of the country's political Islamic movement.

Erbakan, who was deputy prime minister in several coalitions in the 1970s, resigned as prime minister in June 1997 to appease the military, which has staged three coups since 1960.

Later he was barred from politics for five years and convicted of falsifying party records and hiding millions in cash reserves that were ordered seized after his party's closure in 1998. He was elected head of the Felicity Party as soon as his political ban ended in 2003.

-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports

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