State Rep. Willard Munger, 88, the oldest...


State Rep. Willard Munger, 88, the oldest lawmaker in Minnesota history and a man known as "Mr. Environment," died yesterday of liver cancer.

A member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, as the Democrats there are called, Mr. Munger left his imprint on the state's environmental laws. He was instrumental in restricting DDT in 1969, establishing an environmental trust fund backed by lottery proceeds in 1990 and passing a wetlands preservation law in 1994.

Mr. Munger was in his 43rd year in the Minnesota House of Representatives, making him its longest-serving member. When he celebrated his 87th birthday, he also broke the record for the oldest legislator in the state. He was ready to retire after his last term. But when his wife of 33 years died in 1997, he decided he didn't want to stay home.

Angus MacDonald, 60, whose verve and virtuosity made him one of the world's best and best-known bagpipe players, died of pancreatic cancer June 25 at a hospice in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he lived. Mr. MacDonald served in the Scots Guards, a military unit in the British army, for 30 years and held the rank of pipe major. He also spent several years as the personal piper to Queen Elizabeth and won many major piping awards.

Ronny Graham, 79, who wrote episodes of "M*A*S*H" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died July 4. Graham also collaborated with Mel Brooks on such films as "The Inquisition," "History of the World, Part I," "Spaceballs" and "To Be or Not to Be."

Robert Morrison, 90, a prosecutor and Arizona attorney general who helped rid Tucson of gambling and prostitution in the 1950s, died Thursday.

Pub Date: 7/12/99

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