Helene Johnson, 89, whose poetry about the life of blacks in America contributed to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s, died Friday in New York. In an essay published in 1972, Ronald Primeau wrote that Ms. Johnson helped establish the Harlem Renaissance's "validity as a movement."
Sir James Cameron Tudor, 75, a former deputy prime minister in Barbados, died Sunday after a heart attack in Bridgetown. He was one of the founders of the Democratic Labor Party in 1955. The party assumed power in 1961 and led the former British colony through independence in 1966.
Dr. Morton L. Levin, 91, one of the first epidemiologists to link cigarette smoking to lung cancer, died Friday at Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead, N.Y. In 1950, the resident of Port Jefferson, N.Y., was an author of a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that was one of the first two studies to show that people who smoked had a greater chance of developing lung cancer. He screened patients in Buffalo, N.Y., following their progress from 1938 to 1950. He found that lung cancer occurred more than twice as frequently among smokers as among nonsmokers.
Richard D. Valle, 64, who for several years ran the Valle's Steak House chain of restaurants started by his father, died Saturday after a long illness in Hyannis, Mass. The chain grew from a small restaurant in Portland, Maine, opened by his father in 1933 to 32 restaurants from Maine to Florida.