GREY FERRIS, 62
Grey Ferris, a two-term Mississippi state senator who devoted his energy to improving the state's public schools and strengthening race relations, died of cancer Friday, said his wife, Jann Ferris.
Mr. Ferris, a Democrat, served in the Mississippi Senate from 1992 to 2000. He ran for lieutenant governor in 1999, losing in the Democratic primary. As chairman of the state Senate Education Committee, he worked to reform education in rural and underfunded areas of the state.
Mr. Ferris and Sen. Hob Bryan were lead authors of the Mississippi Adequate Education Act of 1997, which changed the way money was allocated for public schools, moving more resources to the poorest parts of the state.
ROBERT STAMPS, 58
Student wounded at Kent State
Robert Stamps, one of nine Kent State students wounded in the Ohio National Guard shootings that killed four other students 38 years ago, died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia in Tallahassee, Fla., his wife, Teresa Sumrall, said in an e-mail to friends, according to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. His death was confirmed by the Beggs Funeral Home in Tallahassee.
Mr. Stamps was shot May 4, 1970, while fleeing tear gas and gunfire during a protest against the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. He rode in the same ambulance as Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller, both of whom died of their wounds.
He continued his studies at Kent State after the shootings, earning a master's degree in sociology in 1975 and a master's in journalism and mass communication in 1999.