Anne Dean Truitt,

83, a sculptor who reflected on her life as an artist, wife and mother in three gracefully written published journals, died Dec. 23 at a hospital in Washington, D.C., of complications after abdominal surgery.

She was among the first artists to have the term "minimalist" applied to three-dimensional work. But because her austere squared wooden columns were carefully built and hand-painted, rather than industrially manufactured in the Minimalist manner, many commentators described her work as non-Minimalist and more three-dimensional painting than sculpture.

Her works are included in the permanent collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art and of Washington's National Museum of American Art and National Gallery of Art.

A native of Baltimore, she studied psychology at Bryn Mawr College and worked briefly in a Boston hospital. But she turned to art after her marriage to journalist James Truitt, studying sculpture at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Washington. She taught art for many years at the University of Maryland.

William Boyett,

77, a veteran stage, screen and television character actor best known for playing Sgt. "Mac" MacDonald on the TV series Adam-12, died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia and kidney failure in Mission Hills, Calif.

His early television credits in the 1950s included Playhouse 90, Four Star Playhouse, Perry Mason and Sea Hunt. He had two recurring roles - as Officer Johnson and Sgt. Ken Williams - on the 1955-1959 police-drama Highway Patrol, starring Broderick Crawford. He also played the father of Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) on General Hospital.

His work with actor-producer Jack Webb on both the 1950s and 1960s versions of Dragnet led Mr. Webb to cast the barrel-chested actor with the gravelly voice to play the role of the low-key but authoritative MacDonald on Adam-12, the 1968-1975 police drama that starred Martin Milner and Kent McCord.

Wai-kam Ho,

89, an art historian and curator considered one of the world's leading authorities on Chinese art, died Tuesday in Shanghai of complications from diabetes.

At the time of his death, Mr. Ho, a resident of Pittsburgh, was a guest curator at the Shanghai Museum.

Trained in history and literature in China and in art at Harvard, he was one of the first to apply the tools of traditional Chinese scholarship to the Western study of Chinese painting. He was an expert on Chinese painting as well as on Chinese Buddhist art, which includes painting and sculpture.

In 1950, he was secretly sent to the United States to study art history and received a joint master's degree in Chinese history and Asian art from Harvard in 1953. From 1959 to 1983, he was curator of Oriental and Chinese art at the Cleveland Museum; from 1984 to 1994 he was Laurence Sickman Curator of Chinese Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

Dwight Spaulding Strong,

98, the last director of the New England Watch and Ward Society, an organization formed in Boston in the 19th century to ban books, fight pornography, and ''watch and ward off evildoers," died Tuesday at his Boston home.

A self-described country boy from Amherst, Mass., he was executive secretary of the Watch and Ward Society from 1948 until 1950 and remained in the position from 1950 to 1967 after the organization's name was changed to the New England Citizens Crime Commission.

In the Watch and Ward Society's heyday, the Boston Public Library kept books the society considered objectionable in a locked room, the Museum of Fine Arts kept parts of its Asian collection behind closed doors, and the label ''banned in Boston" became a selling point for salacious books from New York to San Francisco.

He was director of activities at the Hyde Park branch of the YMCA and executive director of the Dorchester Settlement House in Fields Corner before becoming administrator of the Watch and Ward Society. From 1968 until 1986, he and his wife owned and operated Stronghold Real Estate Co. in Boston.

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