Nita Barrow, 79, governor-general of Barbados and an international leader in women's rights, died Tuesday in Bridgetown. A nurse and public health expert, Dame Nita was awarded her title by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in 1980 and was appointed Barbados' ambassador to the United Nations in 1986. She was appointed governor-general in 1990, serving as the queen's representative to Barbados, an independent member of the Commonwealth.In 1985, she convened a series of workshops attended by 11,000 delegates in Nairobi, Kenya, to mark the end of the United Nations' Women's Decade.
William Marchant, 72, author of the Broadway comedy "The Desk Set," died Nov. 5 in Paramus, N.J. He wrote screenplays, novels and a memoir about his friendship with Noel Coward, but he was best known as the author of "The Desk Set," which later became a Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy film. His other Broadway plays included "To Be Continued."
Joseph B. Vasquez, 33, whose independent film "Hangin' with ** the Homeboys" won the 1991 Sundance Film Festival screenwriting award, died Saturday of AIDS in San Diego. The $2 million film, which he wrote in three days and shot in 30 days, depicted an all-night adventure of four friends from New York's Bronx borough.