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Henry P. Bowman, 74, who flew missions...


Henry P. Bowman, 74, who flew missions over North Africa and Italy during World War II as one of the Tuskegee airmen and who broke racial barriers as a black sports official in the Big 10 after the war, died of heart disease Sept. 16 at his home in Los Angeles.

Besides his achievements as a fighter pilot and sports official, which led to appearances in three films, he had a long career as a personnel executive. He retired in 1962 as a captain in the Air Force, and he held positions with the University of Illinois and Hilton Corp.

When Mr. Bowman moved to Illinois in the early 1960s, he began officiating in the Big 10. For many years, he officiated at college football, basketball, baseball, tennis and swimming competitions.

During that period, his work with the short-lived World Football League led to roles as a referee in the motion pictures "Two Minute Warning" (1976) "North Dallas Forty" (1979) and "Semi-Tough" (1977).

Willis N. Mills, 88, an architect who designed churches, a library, housing for veterans and college buildings in New England, died Thursday at Liberty Commons Nursing Home in Chatham, Mass.

He was a founding partner of Sherwood, Mills & Smith, an architectural firm in Stamford, Conn., and designed the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Conn., the Burndy Library in Norwalk, Conn., an addition to St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Chatham and college buildings.

A native of Menominee, Mich., he received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1929. He then worked for several architecture firms in New York City.

Donald Davie, 73, a poet, professor and literary critic who was a major influence on British poetry in the 1950s, died Monday of cancer in Exeter, England. He wrote 18 books of literary criticism and scores of poems, articles and book reviews.

Robert G. Dunlop, 86, a retired chairman of the Sun Co. Inc. whose 23-year tenure as president led to a rapid growth of the Philadelphia-based energy company and its expansion overseas, died Wednesday of complications of a stroke at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was was named president of the company in 1947 at the age of 37. He had started as an accountant.

Howard C. Miller, 90, founder of Howard Miller, the nation's largest clock manufacturer, died Thursday at his home in Holland, Mich. For 69 years, Miller's business, based in Zeeland, Mich., designed and manufactured an eclectic array of grandfather, wall and mantel clocks and collectors' cabinets. Many of the early designs have become collectors' items.

Melvin N. A. Peterson, 66, who led a deep-sea drilling program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography that advanced understanding of the ocean floors and the slow waltz of the continents, died Wednesday of a heart attack while on a fishing trip in Mexico.

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