Richard Lewis Robbins, 56, a lawyer and conservationist who, as executive director of the Lake Michigan Federation from 1975 to 1981, led efforts to clean the Great Lakes, died May 28 at his home in Chicago. He was trained in electrical engineering at Cornell University, law at the University of Pennsylvania and computer technology at Yale University. He worked in city planning and zoning in New York City for then-Mayor John V. Lindsay. He moved to Chica go in 1973 to work for American Society of Planning Officials. As director of the American Bar Association Technology Advisory Council, he evaluated software programs for lawyers and was editor and publisher of Computer Counsel, a monthly journal on law office automation.
William Mozart McVey, 89, whose 9-foot bronze statue of Winston Churchill stands outside the British Embassy in Washington, died Wednesday in Cleveland. His work includes sculptures of Jesse Owens in Cleveland, a stone frieze commemorating the battle of the Alamo near Houston, and bronze doors for the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington.
James Kennedy Cazalas, 56, longtime editor of the Delta Democrat Times, died Thursday of cancer in Greenville, Miss. As a reporter for United Press International, he covered the civil rights movement, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the shooting of James Meredith, the first black to attend the University of Mississippi.
Larry Ketchum, 49, an actor and newspaperman, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He bought the weekly Clyde Republican in Kansas in 1972, sold it four years later and spent the next nine years acting. His TV credits include "Archie Bunker's Place," "The Rockford Files" and "The New Maverick." He founded the Bisbee Observer, a weekly newspaper, in 1985.