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William Slater Brown

June 28, 1997

ROCKPORT, Mass. (AP) _ William Slater Brown, one of the last of a generation of writers shaped by World War I and the experience of living as an expatriate in Europe, died Sunday of lung failure. He was 100.

Brown was friends with novelist John Dos Passos, poet Hart Crane and critic Malcolm Cowley and wrote 10 books of his own.

While he was serving in an American Red Cross ambulance corps in France during World War I, Brown was imprisoned with poet e.e. cummings for writing about the existence of French defectors. Cummings’ account of their imprisonment, ``The Enormous Room,″ referred to Brown as ``B.″

Brown returned to the United States in 1918.

His books include ``The Burning Wheel,″ a novel; ``Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys,″ a children’s biography and ``The Heyday of Spiritualism,″ a study of the 19th-century interest in parapsychology and the occult.

Joan Daves

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) _ Joan Daves, a prominent literary agent who represented six Nobel Prize winners, died Wednesday from an asthma attack. She was 77.

Ms. Daves had been regarded as one of the top agents in the world for writers of serious fiction and nonfiction. Her clients included six Nobel Prize winners, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Herman Hesse among them.

She also represented renowned authors such as Vaclav Havel, Frank O’Connor and the environmentalist Rachel Carson.

Ms. Daves was born in prewar Berlin as Liselotte Davidson. Her father, a Jewish banker, died in Auschwitz after sending her to Paris in the mid-1930s. She later moved to Britain and emigrated to the United States in 1940.

Rev. Joseph Houser

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Rev. Joseph Houser, the last surviving founder of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 89.

Houser was in a group of eight priests who came to Wilkes-Barre after World War II to found King’s as a college for returning servicemen.

Before coming to King’s, Houser taught at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and at the University of Portland in Oregon. After King’s was established, he returned to work with Mexican-American families in Texas and with Mexican migrants in Florida’s orange groves.

Albert L. Latter

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Albert L. Latter, a nuclear physicist who was an expert in nuclear weapons systems, died June 8. He was 76.

Latter joined Rand Corp., the Santa Monica think tank, in 1951 and was named chief of its physics department nine years later.

Latter was the first American scientist to put forth the theory that high-yield nuclear devices will emit a large fraction of their energy as high temperature X-rays, which demonstrated the vulnerability of offensive and defensive strategic missiles.

In 1971, he left Rand to found R&D Associates, a Marina del Rey-based defense research company that now is part of Northrop Grumman Corp. He served as president and chief executive officer until he retired in 1985.

With physicist Edward Teller, Latter co-wrote the controversial 1958 book ``Our Nuclear Future,″ in which they predicted that banning nuclear testing would not work and that an all-out war between major powers was possible.

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