Obituaries in the News
The Associated Press
Jun. 22, 2002
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) _ Beverly Axelrod, an activist and lawyer whose list of clients included members of the Black Panthers, American Indian activists and radicals of the 1960s and '70s, died of emphysema Wednesday. She was 78.
She worked with Leonard Garment on the Law Review at Brooklyn Law School and credited Garment, who became President Nixon's personal counsel, with introducing her to jazz and leftist politics.
In 1952, Axelrod became president of the Modesto National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and as an attorney for the Congress of Racial Equality, she participated in voter registration drives in the South.
Axelrod represented Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver, author of ``Soul on Ice.'' She also represented Jerry Rubin, co-founder of the Youth International Party, a radical street theater group, when he was called before the House Un-American Activities committee in 1966.
Axelrod moved to New Mexico in 1968 and there she worked as a defense attorney for a Chicano land rights movement.
In 1973, she was one of the lawyers representing American Indians at the Pine Ridge Reservation and served as principal negotiator between the Wounded Knee Defense Committee and the federal government.
Arthur K. Trask
HONOLULU (AP) _ Arthur K. Trask, an attorney and patriarch of a politically active family, died June 3 on Kauai. He was 91.
Trask was the son of David Trask, an early member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. His brothers included Bernard, also an attorney and father of Hawaiian activists Haunani-Kay and Mililani Trask, and David Jr., former head of the Hawaii Government Employees Association.
One of his sons, Arthur ``Pepe'' Jr., also is an attorney.
Arthur Trask was active in the Democratic Party and was the last surviving member of the Statehood Commission, on which he served from 1944 to 1957.