Carl W. Sharsmith, 81, the oldest ranger in the National Park Service and Alpine botanist in the Sierra Nevada, died of cancer in Fresno, Calif., on Friday after 63 years in Yosemite National Park. Mr. Sharsmith, whose high Sierra nature walks and discussions attracted thousands of visitors since the 1930s, died in San Jose. Mr. Sharsmith was professor emeritus at San Jose State University, where he taught and tended the botany collection in winters from 1950 to 1972.
Dr. Paul V. Trad, 41, a child psychiatrist, teacher and prodigious writer, died of a brain tumor on Oct. 5 in Berkeley, Calif. He was a New Yorker, however, and had worked at the White Plains unit of New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center for the past 11 years. He was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College. He was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and was editor of the Child and Adolescent Multi-Disciplinary Book Series, published by Jason Aronson Inc., and of several periodicals.
Marcia Lawrence, 71, who retired in January after 25 years as the director of communications for Planned Parenthood of New York City, died of colon cancer Thursday in Manhattan.