Obituaries in the News
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Warren A. McNeill, who worked for The Associated Press in New York, Tennessee and Washington and later worked for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, died Saturday. He was 95.
McNeill began his career as a journalist at newspapers in Lynchburg, Va. After a stint at the Richmond Times Dispatch in Virginia, he joined the AP.
During his AP career, he worked as an editor in New York, chief of bureau for the state of Tennessee in Nashville and as a reporter in Washington.
McNeill moved from Washington to Louisville after working for U.S. Sen. A. Willis Robertson of Virginia.
In 1960, McNeill established the public relations department for railroad, and remained as the department’s director until his retirement in 1970.
Survivors include his wife, Martine Wright McNeill,; a daughter, Sandra McNeill Burditt of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and two grandchildren.
PARIS (AP) _ Roger Quilliot, a former French government minister and expert on the writings of Albert Camus, committed suicide on Friday. He was 73.
His wife, Claire, also tried to kill herself but was unsuccessful and was hospitalized, the daily Le Monde newspaper reported Sunday.
Quilliot studied literature in Paris and was named professor at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in 1963. He edited the complete works of Camus in the prestigious Pleiade edition.
A lifelong socialist, Quilliot became mayor of his adopted city of Clermont-Ferrand, in 1973. President Francois Mitterrand appointed him Minister of Urban Affairs in 1981, a position he held for two years.
Quilliot, who suffered from heart and lung problems, resigned as mayor of Clermont-Ferrand in 1997. He was increasingly preoccupied with his declining health and had long contemplated suicide, Le Monde reported.
LONDON (AP) _ Martin Seymour-Smith, British literary critic, editor, biographer and poet, has died. He was 70.
Seymour-Smith died of a heart attack at his home in Bexhill-on-Sea, southern England, on July 1, said a friend, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Seymour-Smith produced more than 40 books, including an annotated compilation of Shakespeare’s sonnets in the original spelling and biographies of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Graves.
He probably was best known for his 1973 ``Guide to Modern World Literature,″ revised and expanded in 1986 as ``The Macmillan Guide to Modern World Literature,″ a comprehensive study of 20th century poetry, drama and fiction.
Seymour-Smith’s biography of Kipling caused controversy by suggesting the writer was gay.
He also produced half a dozen poetry collections, the most celebrated of which was ``Reminiscences of Norma,″ works that explore the excitement and pain of sexual love.
Survivors include his wife, Janet, and two daughters.