David Davies, 108, Britain's oldest man, a former grocery salesman who as a soldier survived some of the bloodiest battles of World War I, died Monday in Aberdare, Wales.
Peter Wright, 78, a former British intelligence officer whose best-selling autobiography, "Spycatcher," accused British security services of trying to topple Harold Wilson's 1974-1976 Labor Party government, eavesdropping on foreign embassies, bungling cases, stealing documents and plotting to assassinate Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, died Thursday in Sydney, Australia. Britain banned the book, and the government waged a lengthy, costly and unsuccessful battle to prevent its publication in Australia. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said that if he ever went back to England he would be prosecuted for breaching the country's Official Secrets Act.
Joseph M. Bryan, 99, a philanthropist who started the first TV station in the Carolinas, died Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. He made his fortune largely through the Jefferson-Pilot Corp. He bought radio station WBT in Charlotte in 1945 and put WBTV on the air in 1950, giving North and South Carolina their first television station. In 1985, he gave Duke University $10 million for an Alzheimer's disease research center.
Gaston J. Sigur Jr., 70, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs in the final years of the Reagan administration, died of cardiac arrest Wednesday in Washington. He joined the administration in 1982, and was a special assistant to the president for national security affairs and as senior director of Asian policy for the National Security Council.