DAVID J. LAWSON, 77 Former Methodist bishop
David J. Lawson, the retired United Methodist bishop of Illinois and Wisconsin, died Thursday at his home in Franklin, Wis., after a lengthy illness, church officials announced.
Bishop Lawson, a Princeton, Wis., native, received degrees from the University of Evansville and Garrett Biblical Institute, now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in Evanston, Ill., among others.
He was bishop of the Wisconsin and Illinois areas of the United Methodist Church following his election to the episcopacy in 1984.
WILLIAM M. MEREDITH, 88 Prize-winning poet
William M. Meredith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, died Wednesday of cardiac and respiratory failure about a week after being admitted to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., hospital spokesman Kelly Anthony said.
Mr. Meredith, a Montville, Conn., resident, was a professor at Connecticut College for nearly 30 years.
He received more than 25 awards, grants and honorary degrees, including the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1988 for Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems and the National Book Award for Poetry in 1997 for Effort at Speech.