Michael Dorris,52, an adoptive parent of children...


Michael Dorris,52, an adoptive parent of children with fetal alcohol syndrome and author of a prize-winning book on the subject, died Thursday or Friday in Concord, N.H., a family friend said.

The Concord Monitor reported that Mr. Dorris was found Friday in a Concord motel room. Police said the death appeared to have been a suicide. The newspaper said he apparently suffocated himself using a plastic bag.

Mr. Dorris won a National Book Critics Circle award in 1989 in the nonfiction category for "The Broken Cord," a first-person account of how fetal alcohol syndrome affected his eldest son, Abel, who died.

Mr. Dorris, of Native American descent, had been on leave as an English professor at Dartmouth College, where he founded the Native American studies department in 1972 and headed it until 1985.

Watkins Reynolds "Matt" Matthews,98, the last surviving member of a family that controlled one of the oldest and most prominent West Texas cattle dynasties, died of pneumonia xTC Sunday in Albany, Texas. He died on the 45,000-acre Lambshead Ranch to which he devoted his entire life.

David McCord,99, a noted poet and author, died Sunday in Boston. He received the first honorary doctorate of humane letters granted by Harvard University. He taught advanced writing courses at Harvard from 1963 to 1966.

Dorothy Norman,92, a photographer, arts patron, writer and civil rights activist, died Saturday in East Hampton, N.Y. In the art world, Mrs. Norman was best known for her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz, a photographer and advocate of Modernism who was her lover and mentor. She was the subject of many of his photographs and became an important force in shaping his gallery, An American Place. She wrote a book, "Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer," published in 1973.

Sheik Ali Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah,49, a member of Kuwait's royal family who was defense minister after the Persian Gulf war, died Sunday of a heart attack in London, Kuwait radio reported.

Adina Wrobleski,63, who founded a suicide survivor network after her stepdaughter shot herself in 1979, died Thursday of brain cancer in Minneapolis. In 1984, she founded SA/VE (Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education) and four suicide support groups. She also published a newsletter for suicide survivors and lectured at universities around the nation.

Gerald Piaget,79, a Swiss watchmaker credited by experts with launching women's jeweled wristwatches after World War II, died at Areuse, in the Neuchatel canton of Switzerland, Saturday, according to the Swiss news agency ATS, which gave no cause of death.

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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