Lynton Keith Caldwell, 92, who helped shape the nation's policy requiring environmental impact studies for major projects, died Tuesday at his home in Bloomington, Ind.

Dr. Caldwell, a professor emeritus at Indiana University, helped write the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. His draft resolution, much of which was incorporated into the act, required environmental impact studies for all major federal projects that would significantly affect the environment.

He helped create Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

John Haase, 82, a dentist turned author whose 1966 novel was turned into the offbeat movie Petulia starring George C. Scott and Julie Christie, died of complications from emphysema Aug. 3 in Montecito, Calif.

He wrote 11 books, including Noon Balloon to Rangoon and Me and the Arch Kook Petulia, which was made into the 1968 movie Petulia. His novel Erasmus With Freckles also became a movie, Dear Brigitte.

He was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He and his parents immigrated to San Francisco in 1936 during Hitler's rise to power. Dr. Haase practiced dentistry in the Westwood section of Los Angeles for 40 years -- his celebrity clients included Conrad Hilton.

Shamsur Rahman, 77, a leading Bangladeshi poet who wrote about liberty and human dignity, died of heart and kidney failure Thursday at a hospital in Dhaka.

A graduate of English literature from Dhaka University, he had a long career as a journalist.

He started writing poetry at 18, after graduating from high school. His most famous poem, arguably, is "Shadhinota Tumi" or "My Liberation, " which as written in 1971 during Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan.

Walter Sullivan, 82, a Vanderbilt University professor emeritus who was an authority on Southern literature, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

The author of criticism, novels and short stories, he had taught at Vanderbilt for 51 years.

He wrote the novels Sojourn of a Stranger, The Long, Long Love and A Time to Dance; the memoir Allen Tate: A Recollection; and numerous short stories. He was a founding member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Umberto Baldini, 84, the influential Italian art expert who led efforts to restore Florence's treasures after the Arno River flooded the city in 1966, died Wednesday in his home in Tuscany after a long illness.

He was head of the restoration department in Florence when the Arno swamped the city's museums and churches on Nov. 4, 1966, damaging paintings, frescoes and rare books.

Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the queen of New Zealand's indigenous Maori population, died Tuesday at her home on central North Island.

Queen Te Ata was the sixth Maori sovereign, a direct descendant of a royal line that began in 1858.

The Rt. Rev. Herbert Thompson Jr., 72, the former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, died Wednesday after collapsing while swimming on a vacation in Italy.

Bishop Thompson led the diocese for 17 years and was praised as a healing force in 2001 after three days of race riots in Cincinnati sparked by an unarmed black man's fatal shooting by a white police officer trying to arrest him.

He became the eighth bishop of the diocese in 1992 and stepped down last year after he reached the church's mandatory retirement age of 72.

Victoria Gray Adams, 73, who helped open Freedom Schools that pushed for civil rights in Mississippi in 1964 and became a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, died Aug. 12 at her home in Petersburg, Va.

She was a native of Hattiesburg, along with Fannie Lou Hamer and others, she attempted to unseat the all-white Mississippi Democratic Party delegation during the 1964 Democratic National Convention at Atlantic City.

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