Leo Valiani, 90, an opponent of fascism who helped lead the resistance movement in Italy during World War II, died of cancer Saturday in Rome. An early opponent of dictator Benito Mussolini, Valiani spent five years in prison for anti-fascist activities during the 1920s and 1930s. He later took refuge in Mexico, returning in 1943 during World War II when he took over the resistance movement in northern Italy. In 1980, he was named a senator-for-life by then-President Sandro Pertini, a fellow member of the resistance.
William R. Melton, 78, a World War II pilot and member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died Sept. 2 of complications from heart disease and diabetes in Los Angeles. During World War II, he enlisted as a pilot in what was then the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the all-black unit. As a fighter pilot, Melton flew more than 108 missions over North Africa and Europe.
Irven H. Culver, 88, an aviation engineer who named Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works division and once worked with Albert Einstein, died Aug. 13 in Bakersfield, Calif.
Jerry Flemmons, 63, a veteran journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram who was on the team that covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died of cancer Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jim Lipscomb, 44, a veteran cameraman for KWTV in Oklahoma City, died Friday of a heart attack in Wynnewood, Okla.
Pub Date: 9/20/99