MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Lucius E. Burch Jr., a civil rights activist who was an attorney for Martin Luther King Jr., died of heart disease Sunday. He was 84.

Burch helped build one of the city's largest and best known law firms, Burch, Porter & Johnson.

He was one of the first white members of the Memphis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and was an attorney for King when the civil rights leader was slain in Memphis in 1968.

Walter A. Byars

BOSTON (AP) _ Walter A. Byars, former New England welterweight boxing champion and former Massachusetts boxing commissioner, died March 7. He was 65.

Byars was New England welterweight champion from 1956 to 1960, and was appointed state boxing commissioner in 1976, the first black to hold the position.

He also was the first black to be a referee with the Massachusetts Boxing Commission.

Vince Edwards

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Vince Edwards, who played ``Ben Casey'' in the 1960s and began a tradition of handsome TV doctors, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 67.

Edwards began his acting career on the stage in the 1940s and appeared in films and on television during the 1950s. Among the TV productions in which he appeared were ``Fireside Theatre,'' ``The Untouchables'' and ``Alfred Hitchcock Presents.''

In the early 1960s, his pursuit of a musical career produced a best-selling album, ``Vince Edwards Sings.''

His post-``Casey'' work included another medical series, ``Matt Lincoln,'' in which he played a hip psychiatrist running an inner-city telephone hot line for troubled teens. It lasted a single season, 1970-71.

A syndicated movie, ``The Return of Ben Casey,'' aired in 1988. The mature Casey, according to the story line, had gone to Vietnam as a surgeon, married and divorced.

Bob Forte

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Bob Forte, a defensive back for the Green Bay Packers for eight seasons, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Dallas. He was 73.

Forte, a starter from 1946-1953, was a ninth-round draft selection out of Arkansas in 1943. He was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1973.

James F. Nordstrom

SEATTLE (AP) _ James F. Nordstrom, a co-chairman of Nordstrom Inc. and grandson of the retailer's co-founder, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 56.

James Nordstrom, and three other family members, took over the business in 1968, co-managing it until last June.

Under their leadership, Nordstrom grew into one of the nation's largest fashion-specialty retail chains, with 78 stores in 14 states and sales last year of $3.89 billion.

James Ralph Scales

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) _ James Ralph Scales, the president of Wake Forest University from 1967 to 1983, died Tuesday at age 76.

Scales spearheaded an agreement with the Baptist State Convention in 1979 that opened up Wake Forest's board of trustees to include out-of-state and non-Baptist members.

Under Scales' leadership, Wake Forest also increased its enrollment, added several new buildings and established the Babcock Graduate School of Management. A fine arts center named in his honor opened in 1982.

After becoming president emeritus, Scales continued to teach undergraduates until 1992 as a professor of Anglo-American studies.