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William Dean Fausett, 85, who painted portraits of President Ronald Reagan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, died Sunday in Dorset, Vt.

William Gaddis, 75, an author whose work earned him comparisons to Herman Melville and James Joyce, died in New York on Wednesday of prostate cancer. He published four novels, "The Recognitions," "JR," "Carpenter's Gothic," and "A Frolic of His Own."

Clair L. Peck Jr., 78, a building contractor responsible for many Southern California landmarks, died in Los Angeles on Monday of a stroke.

C. L. Peck Contractor, founded by Peck's father in 1918, constructed more than 1,200 buildings in the city and surrounding area, including the Capitol Records Building, Bonaventure Hotel and Library Tower -- whose 73 stories make it the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

Louis Delgado Jr., 55, a playwright who wove his experiences with drug addiction and life on the street into his work, died Dec. 1 at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn. The cause was diabetes-related liver failure, said Ed Vega, president of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in Manhattan, where Mr. Delgado's latest play, "Juanita's Trip," recently completed a three-week run.

Yosef Kazen, 44, a Hasidic rabbi who pioneered the use of the Internet as a recruiting and educational tool for the Lubavitch movement, died Dec. 1 at New York Hospital of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, said Moshe Kotlarski, his brother-in-law.

Hilda Hensley, 82, the mother of country music singer Patsy Cline, died Dec. 10 in Winchester, Va.

Max Streibl, 66, who led the southern German state of Bavaria from 1988-1993, died Dec. 11 in Munich of a heart attack.

Pub Date: 12/18/98

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