Otto, Friedrich, 66, a writer for Time magazine and an award-winning author, died Tuesday of lung cancer in New York. His books include "Decline and Fall," published in 1970, which won the George Polk Award; "A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s;" "Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations;" "The Death of Alice B. Toklas" and "Paris in the Age of Manet."
Calvin Jackson, 91, an Army doctor who secretly recorded his experiences after he was captured by the Japanese in 1941 in World War II, died Wednesday in Kenton, Ohio. He and his wife turned the diary into a book called "Diary of Col. Calvin G. Jackson, M.D." Part of the diary tells of the infamous Bataan Death March in 1942 where about 10,000 people died. Mr. Jackson saw scores of U.S. and Filipino soldiers die as he trudged 80 miles through stretches of the Philippines jungle. He described how they suffered from dysentery and malaria, thirst and starvation.
Corliss Lamont, 93, a writer, teacher and philosopher whose support for Soviet-American friendship earned him a subpoena from Sen. Joseph McCarthy, died Wednesday in New York. In the 1930s, he headed the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, which prompted a subpoena by Mr. McCarthy in 1953. He testified that he never had been a Communist, but refused to answer questions about his political beliefs and associations. He was cited for contempt of Congress and fought back in federal court. The district court dismissed the charge, and a Circuit Court unanimously upheld the dismissal in 1955.
Melanie Elaine Rainey, 32, the first Miss Black USA, died Monday cancer in Chicago. She was a senior majoring in performance at Chicago State University when she won the first Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant and the $3,000 scholarship in Atlanta in 1988.