George W. DeFranceaux II,83, a retired mortgage...


George W. DeFranceaux II,83, a retired mortgage banker and developer who helped establish a corporation that encouraged private investment in housing for people with low and moderate incomes, died Jan. 27 in Lafayette, La., his home in recent years.

From 1969 to 1983, Mr. DeFranceaux played a leading role at the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships, a private, for-profit company created by Congress. He later owned and managed Waterfront Homes, a real estate business on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and was chief executive of First Mortgage Services of Easton.

Survivors include a daughter, Kaye Ann Leonard of Woodbine.

Dorothy Fosdick,83, who as a State Department aide was involved in creation of the United Nations and the Marshall Plan, then became defense and foreign policy adviser to the late Sen. Henry M. Jackson, died Feb. 5 in Washington. She had suffered from colitis.

G. Stockton Strawbridge,83, who turned a small family business named Strawbridge & Clothier into a regional department store giant, died Saturday in Newtown Square, Pa. Mr. Strawbridge died a little more than six months after the family-named business he spent 55 years building was sold for $600 million to St. Louis-based May Department Stores Co., a deal he said he could "never forgive."

Simone DeCavalcante,84, a retired New Jersey mob boss known as "Sam the Plumber," died Friday in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospital. Mr. DeCavalcante, who earned his nickname from his work with a plumbing company, moved to Florida in 1976 after serving two years of a five-year sentence for operating an illegal lottery. He first made it into the news in 1969, when the FBI released transcripts of wiretaps detailing the nationwide practices of organized crime.

Dr. Larry L. Webster,59, who pioneered chiropractic medicine for children, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Friday in Lithonia, Ga. He founded the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in 1987.

Lew King,82, whose musical talent show helped give rise to numerous stars, died Feb. 5 in Phoenix after several strokes in recent years. Among those whose careers he helped spark are Tanya Tucker, Marty Robbins, Lynda Carter, Linda Day George, guitarist Duane Eddy and Vonda Kay Van Dyke, 1965's Miss America.

Jerome Namias,86, a weather forecaster who developed long-range seasonal forecasts as chief of the National Weather Service's extended-forecast division, died of pneumonia Monday in San Diego. His prediction of warmer than normal weather during the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s encouraged the government to forego implementing gas rationing.

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