Leroy F. Aarons
, 70, a former national correspondent for The Washington Post and executive editor of the Oakland Tribune who founded the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, died Nov. 28 of bladder cancer.
As a founding member of both the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in the 1970s and then the NLGJA in 1990, he was at the forefront of efforts nationwide to combat ethnic and sexual discrimination in journalism.
He served as a national correspondent and editor at the Post for 14 years. In 1983, he joined the Oakland Tribune as features editor. In 1985, he was named executive editor, and in 1988 senior vice president for news.
The Rev. Billy James Hargis
, 79, a radio and television evangelist and fervent anti-Communist crusader, died Nov. 27 at a nursing home in Tulsa, Okla. He had suffered a series of heart attacks.
Mr. Hargis was ordained at age 17 in the Disciples of Christ denomination. In 1950, he founded the interdenominational Christian Crusade, with the message "for Christ and against communism."