Adm. David L. McDonald, 91, a former chief of naval operations credited with building the Navy combat air force that flew in Vietnam, died Tuesday of kidney failure at Baptist Medical Center-Beaches, said his daughter, Mary Lou Thornton, of Atlantic Beach, Fla.
A native of Maysville, Ga., and a Naval Academy graduate, he became a naval aviator in 1931 and rose to the rank of four-star admiral by April 1, 1963. He was the nation's 17th chief of naval operations serving from 1963 to 1967.
Catherine McDonald, his wife of 67 years, died in November. He also is survived by a son, the Rev. Thomas McDonald of Orange, Calif.
Newbold Noyes Jr., 79, retired editor of the Washington (D.C.) Evening Star, died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in Sorrento, Maine.
His family, part owners of the Star, had been associated with the newspaper since its founding in 1852, when his great-grandfather began work there. Mr. Noyes came to the paper as a cub reporter in 1941, serving in a succession of news and editorial assignments before being named editor in 1963.
He retired in 1975, when the Star changed ownership. The newspaper ceased publication in 1981.
Francis Paudras, 62, an advertising executive and jazz aficionado whose friendship with the pianist Bud Powell inspired the 1986 film "Round Midnight," committed suicide on Nov. 27 in Paris, French media reported. He wrote the jazz histories "The Dance of the Infidels" and, with Chan Parker, Charlie Parker's widow, "To Bird with Love."
Paul Andrew Stackhouse, 90, a pioneer member of the United Steelworkers of America and a prominent regional labor leader, died Wednesday in Pittsburgh. He joined the Steelworkers when the union formed in 1942.
Maj. Gen. Uzi Narkiss, 72, who led Israeli troops in the 1967 battle for Jerusalem's Old City, died in Jerusalem on Wednesday after a long illness.
Pub Date: 12/19/97