Dr. Aubre de Lambert Maynard,97, credited with saving the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. after he was stabbed in the chest in 1958, died Saturday in New York. On Sept. 20, 1958, during Dr. Maynard's tenure as chief of surgery at Harlem Hospital Medical Center, a woman plunged a steel blade into Reverend King's chest at a book-signing. The blade lodged in Reverend King's sternum. Dr. Maynard operated on Reverend King, saving his life in front of many public figures, including then-New York Gov. W. Averell Harriman. Reverend King recovered from the stabbing and left the hospital within two weeks.
James McMillan,82, who led the fight to integrate Las Vegas and its casino industry in 1960, died Saturday of cancer in Las Vegas. Mr. McMillan, who headed the Las Vegas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for many years, was best known for his battle with the city's white establishment at a time when top black entertainers headlined at hotels on the Strip, but could not stay in them.
Pub Date: 3/24/99