Joseph Driscoll Jr., 48, a reporter who turned his passion for the police beat into a career as a North Providence patrolman, died of cancer Friday in Foster, R.I. Mr. Driscoll was a reporter for the Boston Record American (later the Boston Herald American) before joining the Providence Journal-Bulletin in 1979. He left the newspaper in 1993 to attend the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy, where he graduated among the top 10 in his class and was hired as the oldest rookie in the North Providence Police Department just four weeks before being diagnosed with cancer.
Carl John Eckhardt, 92, a University of Texas professor who wrote several books about the campus and was responsible for several of its most interesting landmarks, died Thursday in Austin. Mr. Eckhardt came to the university in 1920 as a student and joined the faculty in 1936 after earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering. He retired in 1973.
Joseph Ferstl, 66, a retired executive of Pulitzer-Lerner Newspapers and former president of the Illinois Press Association, died Tuesday in Deerfield, Ill., of cancer. Mr. Ferstl joined the company as a newsboy more than 50 years ago, going on to work in every department.
Charles Irwin Schottland, 88, a former Brandeis University president and commissioner of Social Security during the Eisenhower administration, died Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz. An expert on social welfare, Mr. Schottland was a former chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging and was invited to last month's meeting of the White House Commission on Aging. President Eisenhower appointed him to the Social Security post in 1954, and he held the job until 1958.