Dr. Lester L. Luntz, 72, the first forensic dentist ever to use a search warrant to examine a suspect's mouth for evidence, died Tuesday in West Hartford, Conn.
Dr. Luntz developed the science of examining teeth, dental structures and bite marks so they could be submitted as legal evidence for murder and other cases. Forensic odontology is now routinely admitted in court.
In 1973, he executed a search warrant on a murder suspect's mouth. His comparison of plaster casts of the suspect's teeth to a bite mark on the victim's thigh led to a conviction.
For more than 20 years, he was director of the Connecticut State Dental Association's Dental Disaster Squad, a group of dentists who used dental records to help identify victims of mass disaster.
Russell S. Colley, 98, a retired B. F. Goodrich Co. development engineer known as the "Father of the Space Suit," died Sunday in Springfield, Ohio. He is credited with designing the space suit worn by astronaut Alan Shepard in America's first manned space flight on May 5, 1961. More than 30 years earlier, he had designed a high-altitude flying suit for aviation pioneer Wiley Post.
Guy Madison, 74, who found his niche in westerns in the 1940s and starred in the television series "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok," died of emphysema Tuesday in Palm Springs, Calif. With his rugged but boyish looks, he portrayed the handsome James Butler Hickok from 1951 to 1958.
John Philip Paynter, 67, who became a leading authority on marching and concert bands in 43 years as director of bands at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., died Sunday. The Glenview, Ill., resident had been admitted to a hospital Jan. 23 after suffering a stroke. Named for John Philip Sousa, he taught band music, arranging and conducting to thousands of students. He had intended to retire at the end of the year, the 70th anniversary of Northwestern's Wildcat Marching Band.
Ray McIntire, 77, who accidentally invented the material used for everything from disposable foam cups to insulation, died Friday in Midland, Mich. He said he was trying to make a new rubber-like polymer by combining styrene with isobutylene, a volatile liquid, under pressure. Instead, he got a foam polystyrene with bubbles in it. Dow Chemical named the product "Styrofoam," which remains its trademark and has become synonymous with all rigid plastic foam products.