Anne Sheafe Miller, 90, the first patient saved by penicillin while it was an experimental drug, died Monday in Salisbury, Conn.
Mrs. Miller made medical history in 1942 as she lay near death from a streptococcal infection, her temperature spiking to nearly 107 degrees. Her doctors tried a small amount of penicillin; overnight, her fever dropped sharply and she began a rapid recovery.
Wayne Chastain, 69, one of the defense lawyers who tried to free convicted murderer James Earl Ray from prison, died in Memphis on Monday of cancer. He assisted defense lawyer William Pepper in efforts to win a trial for Ray, who pleaded guilty to murdering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Giles S. Rich, 95, the oldest active federal judge in the nation's history and an authority on intellectual property rights and patent law, died in Washington on Wednesday of lymphoma. Judge Rich, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, had served on the appellate bench since 1956.
Pub Date: 6/12/99