Clyde Hirt, 73, a longtime sports columnist and a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, died at the home of his daughter in Mount Laurel, N.J., yesterday. Hirt, editorial director and executive columnist for Sports Eye, began his career with the New York Daily Mirror after graduating from New York University. Following a stint as a publicist for Roosevelt Raceway, he joined The Racing Form and was with Sports Eye for the past 20 years.
Iain Hamilton, 78, the Scottish composer who turned Tolstoy's Anna Karenina into an opera, died July 21 in London. Born in Glasgow in 1922, Mr. Hamilton apprenticed as an engineer before attending the Royal Academy of Music in London.
William Russell Mote, 93, a millionaire businessman who turned the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., into a major research center, died July 18 at his home on Longboat Key.