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ROBERT BERNSTEIN, 87 Headed Walter Reed

Dr. Robert Bernstein, an Army physician who served as commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as Texas' commissioner of health, died Monday at an Austin hospital after a battle with leukemia and other health problems, said friend and colleague Camille D. Miller, president and chief executive of the Texas Health Institute.

After retiring as Texas commissioner of health in 1991, Dr. Bernstein continued to work with educational, medical, public health, and veterans organizations. During the past week, Bernstein had worked on a fundraiser from his hospital bed, Ms. Miller said.

He served as an Army surgeon in Japan and Korea. He was promoted to major general and named commander of Walter Reed in July 1973. He served there until his retirement from the Army in February 1978.

RON MILLER, 74 Motown songwriter

Songwriter Ron Miller, whose tunes included pop classics "Touch Me in the Morning" and "For Once in My Life," died of cardiac arrest Monday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with emphysema and cancer, daughter Lisa Dawn Miller said.

He got his professional start in the music business in the 1960s, when Motown founder Berry Gordy saw him perform at a piano bar and invited him to Detroit as one of the label's first songwriters and record producers.

His songs were recorded by many leading artists, including Judy Garland, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Ray Charles.

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