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Charles Scott

March 6, 1989

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Charles S. Scott Sr., an attorney who helped integrate public schools nationwide by bringing suit in the landmark Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education case, died Friday. He was 67.

In 1951, Scott, his brother, the late John J. Scott, and the late Charles Bledsoe sued the Topeka Board of Education in federal district court on behalf of Linda Brown, a black elementary school student.

The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which declared on May 17, 1954, that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Scott also had a role in many other civil rights suits involving public accommodations in Kansas. Richard Morris

NEW YORK (AP) - Richard B. Morris, an American history scholar, professor emeritus and editor of the ″Papers of John Jay″ at Columbia University, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 84.

Morris’ career spanned more than 60 years, half of them teaching at Columbia. His more than 40 books included ″The Peacemakers: The Great Powers and American Independence″ and ″The Forging of the Union: 1781-1789.″

He also wrote seven children’s books on historical subjects.

At the time of his death, Morris was at work on the seventh edition of ″The Encyclopedia of American History,″ of which he was editor. He was also working on the last two volumes of the four-volume ″Papers of John Jay.″

Morris was an adviser to Presidents Johnson and Nixon on historical matters. He became a professor emeritus at Columbia in 1973. Ding Xiangqi

BEIJING (AP) - Ding Xiangqi, vice president of China’s official Xinhua News Agency, died Saturday of lung cancer at age 58, the agency reported Sunday.

Ding began his Xinhua career in the 1950s in the international news department and later reported from Moscow and was chief correspondent in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

The journalist joined the Communist Party in 1951. Membership remains a key to advancement in China’s state-controlled media. Eli Danko

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Eli D. Danko, son of rock musician Rick Danko, died Friday from asphyxiation after choking on his own vomit, the Albany County coroner’s office said Sunday. He was 18.

Danko’s body was found in his dormitory room at the State University of New York at Albany.

Born in Rhinebeck, Danko had lived in the Ulster County town of Bearsville since 1982. His father was a member of the rock group ″The Band″ and still tours as a solo act. Elwin Thompson

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Elwin B. ″Tommy″ Thompson, a newsman who began his career as a teen-age reporter and went on to work for major U.S. dailies and syndicates, died Friday at age 87.

He was born May 7, 1901, in Denison, Texas, and began working as a reporter at The Denison Herald while a teen-ager.

He later worked for The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Record, and was an editor or manager at the New York American, Universal Service, Kay Features, the New York Morning Telegraph, the Miami Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer and King Features Syndicate. Royal Riley

NEW YORK (AP) - Royal Riley, a former Daily News reporter who later served as an assistant district attorney in Queens, died Friday at the age of 82 of complications from emphysema.

Riley worked for the Queens Evening News, the Long Island Press and the Daily News, which he left in 1955 after more than 25 years of service.

He earned a law degree from St. John’s University in 1927 and served in the Queens district attorney’s office under three administrations from 1955 to 1979.

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