Ann Gay Dodson, 87, who made sure...


Ann Gay Dodson, 87, who made sure seven rooms at the White House were filled with flowers from Jimmy Carter's hometown when he was sworn in as president, died Thursday in Atlanta of cancer.

Mrs. Dodson, a horticulturist and national flower show judge, made sure that familiar plants and flowers from Plains, Ga., surrounded the First Family on Inauguration Day 1977.

Sigrid de Lima, 77, who burst upon the New York literary scene in 1950 but withdrew from public life in midcareer, died Sept. 19 in Nyack, N.Y.

Her 1950 book "Captain's Beach" was met with mixed reviews that proclaimed Ms. de Lima the next Hemingway, Dostoyevsky or Woolf, or called her writing "painfully studied and windy." In 1952, she published "The Swift Cloud," about the murder of a disabled boy in a California town, and received the Prix de Rome in 1953.

After writing "Praise a Fine Day" (1959) and "Oriane" (1968), she stopped writing for publication to spend time with her family.

Stanley Fleishman, 79, a lawyer who championed the rights of disabled people, died Thursday in Los Angeles of pneumonia and complications from surgery.

Mr. Fleishman, who was disabled by polio when he was 1, was a familiar sight in court with his crutches when he stood to argue his cases on such divergent subjects as public access rights for the disabled and free-speech rights for the makers of adult films.

Ruth Ray Hunt, 82, the second wife of Texas oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, died Saturday in Dallas.

Karl H. Menges, 91, who gained international recognition as an expert in Central Asian and Turkic languages, died Monday in Vienna, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Herbert V. Shuster, 75, a pioneer in establishing quality controls for the food and drug industries, died Monday in Brookline, Mass., of complications from a stroke.

Charles Trinkaus, 87, a leading scholar of the Renaissance and a longtime history professor, died Sept. 15 in New York.

Mignon Garland, 91, a dancer who carried on the legacy of Isadora Duncan in the United States, died Sept. 15 in San Pablo, Calif. In the 1930s and 40s, she toured with the Minneapolis Symphony, danced in Moscow and New York, founded several dance companies and was dance editor of New Theater magazine.

Pub Date: 9/27/99

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