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Alvin P. Adams

October 6, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Alvin P. Adams, a retired executive of the former Western Air Express airlines and Pan Am, died Wednesday. He was 90.

Adams was president of the company, later named Western Airlines, from 1934 to 1941. Under his leadership, the airline launched stewardess service and uniformed pilots.

He later became president of Seaboard Airways and then was named president of the Duramold Division of the Fairchild Aircraft Corp. during World War II.

After the war, Adams founded Alvin P. Adams & Associates, an airline consulting firm, whose clients included Northwest Airlines and California-Eastern Airlines.

In 1951, he was named senior vice president of the Pacific Division of Pan Am. After 18 years at Pan Am, Adams became chairman of the U.S. subsidiary of Airbus Industries and served there until 1977.

Charles P. Bean

NEW YORK (AP) _ Charles P. Bean, a physicist known for his analyses of superconductivity and magnetism, died of a heart attack Monday in Fairfax, Va. He was 72.

Bean, a professor emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was best known for a theory of superconductivity, the flow of electricity through a material with no resistance, said colleague Ivar Giaever.

Bean’s model explains a type of superconductor used in medical instruments like magnetic resonance imaging machines.

Bean, of Niskayuna, N.Y., spent 34 years at the General Electric Research and Development Center in Schenectady, leaving in 1985 to teach at Rensselaer in Troy, N.Y.. He retired in 1993, but continued to teach.

Seymour Cray

DENVER (AP) _ Computer wizard Seymour Cray, who pioneered the use of transistors in computers and later developed massive supercomputers to run business and government information networks, died Saturday at age 71.

Cray died of complications from severe head and neck injuries suffered in a three-car traffic crash. His Jeep was hit by another car Sept. 22 and rolled three times.

In a world where time is measured in increments faster than the blink of an eye, Cray’s benchmark achievements were accompanied by painful setbacks.

Still, Cray spent 40 relentless years searching for a scientific Holy Grail, the world’s fastest supercomputer.

For many years, Cray Research was the U.S. leader in supercomputers, multimillion-dollar machines used for sophisticated tasks like forecasting weather or building bombs.

Cray’s work was used in physics research and weapons development. One computer he developed was used to simulate nuclear experiments, which helped eliminate the need for physical tests.

The end of the Cold War, however, diminished the demand for the massive machines. Also, advances in computer technology were allowing smaller computers to reach the processing speeds of supercomputers.

That meant tough times for Cray. In 1995 he was forced to close the doors of his 6-year-old Cray Computer Corp. after the Cray-4, which cost about $360 million to build, failed to entice a single buyer.

Undaunted, in August he opened SRC Computer Inc., a Colorado Springs-based company, to ``build computers.″

Cray began his career at Control Data Corp. in the late 1950s, developing one of the first computers to use radio transistors instead of vacuum tubes, which weighed tons and sapped huge amounts of electricity. The transistors allowed for the miniaturization of components.

Cray also invented RISC, Reduced Instruction Set Computing, a technology that allows desktop computers to process tasks more quickly.

In 1972, Cray left CDC and founded Cray Research Inc. in Eagan, Minn., where, four years later, he unveiled the Cray-1 supercomputer. It was 10 times faster and more powerful than any machine on the market. He topped that with the Cray-2 in 1985, which was 10 times faster than the Cray-1.

Richard Kroell

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Austrian skier Richard Kroell was killed Saturday when his car collided head-on with a bus, the Austria Press Agency reported. He was 28.

Ten people in the bus were injured in the accident, which happened in the western province of Tirol, police said.

Kroell won the World Cup giant slalom at Alta Badia and Veysonnaz in 1990 and the Super G in 1995 in Bormio.

M.K. McCutcheon

NEW YORK (AP) _ Michael K. McCutcheon, executive director of labor relations at The New York Times, died Friday at his parents’ home in Manhattan. He was 40.

Police said McCutcheon committed suicide.

McCutcheon began working at The Times in 1990 as confidential assistant director of labor relations. He became director of labor relations in November that year and executive in 1994. Before he joined The Times, McCutcheon worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

McCutcheon is survived by his parents, William and Virginia; his wife, Collette; a son, a daughter, a brother and two sisters.

Haydn Proctor

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Former state Supreme Court Justice Haydn Proctor, who served on the high court from 1957-73, died Wednesday at age 93.

As a state assemblyman in 1937, Proctor introduced legislation that forced New Jersey to make good on a $25,000 reward it had offered that led to a conviction in the Lindbergh kidnapping case.

He served in the state Assembly from 1936-37; and in the state Senate from 1939-47. He filled in as acting governor four times. In 1947, he was a delegate to the state constitutional convention.

In August 1957, Gov. Robert Meyner appointed him to the state Supreme Court.

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