Eric Ambler, 89, a pioneering author of...

Eric Ambler, 89, a pioneering author of modern thrillers and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, died Thursday at his London apartment. Among the best-known of his 21 published books are "Epitaph for a Spy" in 1938, "The Mask of Dimitrios" in 1939, "Journey into Fear" in 1940, and "The Schirmer Inheritance" in 1953.

"He took the spy thriller out of the gentility of the drawing room and into the back streets of Istanbul and where it all really happened," said Frederick Forsyth, author of "The Day of the Jackal."


Collins Seitz, 94, former chief justice of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia and the first judge in the nation to order an all-white school to admit blacks, died Friday in Delaware. A 1952 case heard by Seitz, then on Delaware's Chancery Court, was one of the four that the Supreme Court combined into Brown vs. Board of Education. His work was quoted by Chief Justice Earl Warren when the Supreme Court struck down segregation in 1954.

Albert A. Hutler, 89, whose book "Agony of Survival," about his work in 1945 with Holocaust survivors, won accolades from readers and Jewish scholars, died in San Diego Sunday of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was chief of the Displaced Persons Section of the 7th Army Military Government unit in Germany.


Burton Cross, 95, a former Republican governor of Maine who emphasized fiscal conservatism, died Thursday in Augusta. He was elected governor in 1952 but lost his re-election bid two years later to Edmund Muskie.

Francis W. Sargent,83, a Republican who won a reputation as an environmental activist while he was governor of Massachusetts from 1969 to 1975 -- when he was defeated by Democrat Michael S. Dukakis -- died Thursday at his home in Dover, Mass.

Charles I. Bennett Jr., 75, a retired Air Force major general whose career included an assignment as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's personal pilot, died Oct. 16 in Jacksonville, Fla. President Eisenhower later offered him the job of Air Force One pilot, which

he declined.

ZTC John L. Sweeney, 70, a rail industry executive and appointee of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, died of cancer Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. He headed a planning commission under Mr. Kennedy that addressed economic problems in 13 Appalachian states and later helped develop Conrail.

Arnold Auerbach, 86, a comedy writer for Milton Berle and Al Jolson, died Monday in New York. He contributed sketches to the Broadway revues "Call Me Mister" and "Inside USA." His books include "Funny Men Don't Laugh" (1965), about his comedy writing for radio.

Pub Date: 10/24/98