Tushar Kanti Ghosh, 96, a newspaper baron and crusader for independence from British colonialists, died of heart failure on Monday in New Delhi, India. He was often called the dean of Indian journalism and was in his 60th year as editor of the Amrita Bazar Patrika newspaper when he died. He founded three newspapers and a magazine that campaigned with Mohandas K. Gandhi against British rule in India. He wrote children's books and headed many journalism organizations, including the International Press Institute and the Commonwealth Press Union.
Joseph Di Leo, 91, a pediatrician recognized for his studies on the interpretations of children's drawings, died of Parkinson's disease on Aug. 16 in New York. As director of the New York Foundation Hospital's Developmental Clinic for 33 years, he tested thousands of children, assessing their maturity and physical development and spotting dysfunctions and handicaps. He published four books detailing his analyses of sketches of 3- and 5-year-olds.
Avon Williams, 72, a lawyer and former state senator who fought for desegregation and against racial discrimination, died Monday of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease in Nashville, Tenn. Four years before the Brown vs. Board of Education that outlawed segregation, he sued to integrate schools in Anderson County, Tenn. He went before the U.S. Supreme Court seven times to argue public schools, public accommodation and teacher discharge cases.
Israel M Augustine Jr., 69, a civil rights leader and judge who paved the way for blacks in politics and the judiciary, died Monday of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease in New Orleans.