William J. WilkinsJudge at NurembergWilliam J. Wilkins,...


William J. Wilkins

Judge at Nuremberg

William J. Wilkins, a member of the panel of judges that convicted leading Nazi industrialists during the Nuremberg war crimes trials, died Saturday at his home in Bellevue, Wash. He was 98.

Mr. Wilkins, a Superior Court judge in Washington state's King County for more than three decades, is believed to have been the last survivor of the 32 judges appointed to the Nuremberg trials by President Harry S. Truman, said Brig. Gen. Telford Taylor, the chief prosecutor at the trials.

Mr. Wilkins was a member of the four-judge panel that convicted several leading German industrialists who had helped finance and arm the Nazis, the most known of whom was Alfred Krupp. Krupp was found guilty of plunder, but his sentence was cut short in 1951, along with those of many Nazis, because of American interest in shoring up Germany in the face of the threat posed by the former Soviet Union.

Malvin R. Goode, 87, the first black correspondent on network television news, died Tuesday at St. Margaret's Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Goode lived in Pittsburgh, where he got his start in print and television reporting. He was hired by ABC News in 1962, at age 54, on the recommendation of his friend, baseball player Jackie Robinson. He was almost immediately assigned to ABC's bureau at the United Nations.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Goode was a grandson of slaves. He worked in the steel mills to pay his way through the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1931.

Maj. Gen. Yosef Avidar, 89, a street peddler who rose to become deputy army chief and Israeli ambassador to the former Soviet Union, died Wednesday of a lung infection in Jerusalem.

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