William Emmett Ryan III, 70, a former...


William Emmett Ryan III, 70, a former NBC reporter who covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday in Point Marion, Pa., after a long illness. Ryan worked for NBC and its New York City affiliate, WNBC-TV, for 26 years, covering the civil rights movement, early space flights and local news.

When Kennedy was shot in Dallas in 1963, Ryan was the network's first anchor to go on the air, eventually breaking the news that Kennedy had died.

Leo Rosten, 88, a Yiddish lexicographer and humorist whose works introduced mainstream America to "The Joys of Yiddish," died Wednesday in New York.

Geoffrey Swaebe Sr., 85, the former U.S. ambassador who helped persuade Belgium to accept cruise missiles as part of NATO and President Ronald Reagan's Cold War defense strategy, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles.

Antonio de Almeida, 69, music director of the Moscow Symphony and authority on French classical music, died of cancer Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Lee Chin, 115, believed to have been Boston's oldest resident, died Monday. Her passport said she was 121, but family members said she was 115 -- born in 1881 in Toisan, China, and raised on a farm. She came to the United States when she was 40.

John Grant, 78, one of the longest-lived insulin-dependent diabetics, died Tuesday in Brockton, Mass. Grant was 4 when he was first injected with insulin, which had been discovered two years earlier by Dr. Frederick Banting, a Canadian surgeon, and his assistant, Charles Best.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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