* Michael Clarke, 49, the original drummer for influential rock band The Byrds, died of liver failure Sunday in Treasure Island, Fla. The Byrds, who formed in 1964, consisted of Mr. Clarke, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Gene Clark. Mr. Clarke performed with the band until 1968. The group broke up in 1972 after producing 11 albums and some of the 1960s' most well-known recordings, including "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Eight Miles High" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
* Joseph Ball, 89, a former Republican senator from Minnesota who lost his seat to Hubert Humphrey in 1948, died of a stroke Saturday in Washington. He was appointed to the Senate in 1940 by Minnesota Gov. Harold Stassen. After losing to Mr. Humphrey, he published a newsletter and then became a shipping executive in New York. He retired in 1962.
* Wallace F. Bennett, 95, a former conservative Republican senator who represented Utah for 24 years in Washington, died Sunday in Salt Lake City. He was the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance and Banking and Currency committees, a senior member of the Joint Committee of Atomic Energy and vice chairman of the special Senate ethics committee. He was elected in 1950 and retired in 1974.
* John W. Eckman, 74, former chief executive of the maker of Maalox antacid and other medical products, died Friday of cancer in Devon, Pa. He took over as chief executive of the Rorer Group Inc. in 1976. He retired in 1985. He was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia from 1977 to 1981.
* Jerome R. Watson, 55, chief of the Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau and an award-winning reporter, died Sunday Chicago. He had undergone two operations for a brain tumor. He won the 1982 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi for his series of stories analyzing President Ronald Reagan's first year in the White House. He also received awards for coverage of the 1981 assassination attempt on Mr. Reagan, an expose of conditions at schools for the retarded and a series on Chicago's Hispanic community. He started his career as a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago in 1960, and from 1961 to 1964 he was a reporter and editor for the suburban Hollister Newspapers. He joined the Sun-Times in 1964, moved to Washington in 1977 and was named bureau chief in 1987.
* Phyllis Van Buren Richard Gerrity, 74, a philanthropist and sportswoman who was prominent in nonprofit institutions involving children and young people in the Albany, N.Y., area, died Saturday after a long illness at her home in Loudonville, outside Albany. She was a great-great-great niece of President Martin Van Buren and was a former president of St. Margaret's Center for Children in Albany.