David Platt Rall, 73, died Tuesday from...


David Platt Rall, 73, died Tuesday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Bordeaux, France.

A Washingtonian, he headed the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences until his retirement in 1990. At one time, he also directed the National Toxicology Program and was assistant attorney general in the Public Health Service. In 1954, Mr. Rall joined the National Cancer Institute, where his research resulted in methods for preventing the spread of leukemia to the brain.

Eva Israelsen, 104, who had 271 great-grandchildren, died Thursday, five days before her 105th birthday, in Logan, Utah.

Mrs. Israelsen appeared in Life magazine in October 1993 in an article noting the birth of her 200th and 201st great-grandchildren. Since then, her progeny has grown to 271 great-grandchildren and 40 great-great-grandchildren. She had 11 children, and they had 67 children.

The Rev. Cotesworth Pinckney Lewis, 86, who once told President Lyndon Johnson that Americans needed a "straightforward explanation" about the Vietnam War, died Wednesday in Williamsburg, Va. His sermon in 1967 to the visiting Mr. Johnson at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church prompted the church's vestry and the governor of Virginia to apologize to the president.

Pub Date: 10/02/99

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