William R. Cross Jr.
NEW YORK (AP) _ William R. Cross Jr., a retired banker who served on philanthropic and corporate boards, died Friday from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 85.
Cross was a former executive of the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. He joined the company in 1959 and became executive vice president 14 years later. He also served as chairman of the credit policy committee before retiring from Morgan Guaranty in 1979.
Cross, who also served on the board of The New York Times Company, began his banking career in 1941 after graduating from Yale University.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Harriet Doerr, who launched her literary career at age 73 with the award-winning novel ``Stones for Ibarra,″ died Sunday of complications from a broken hip. She was 92.
``Stones for Ibarra″ won a National Book Award in 1984, and critics praised her style and evocative detail.
She wrote ``Consider This, Senora″ in 1993 and ``The Tiger in the Grass,″ a collection of essays and short stories published two years later.
At age 16, she met her husband Albert Edward Doerr shortly before heading east to attend Smith College. Later, she transferred to Stanford University, but then dropped out to marry Doerr in 1930.
Nearly 50 years later, she would finish her degree. In the years following her husband’s death, Doerr began taking classes at Scripps College in Claremont and returned in 1975 to Stanford, where she majored in history.
``Consider This, Senora″ was a best seller, placed on the Publishers Weekly best books list and winner of the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for quality of prose style from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
BOSTON (AP) _ Harvard University’s John Rawls, who sparked political and philosophical debate by raising enduring questions about the nature of freedom, liberty and responsibility, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 81.
Rawls, a giant of 20th century philosophy who revived the study of ethics and became an intellectual hero of liberalism, was best known for his 1971 book ``A Theory of Justice.″ He revolutionized philosophy by returning it to questions of right and wrong, rescuing it from a preoccupation with the questions of logic, epistemology and the philosophy of science that had come to dominate the field.
His colleagues said Rawls’ greatest contribution may have been reviving the study of ethics in philosophy, forcing it to confront head-on questions of freedom, liberty and responsibility.
Rawls believed that the ideal society should be constructed according to a relatively straightforward principle that came to be known as the ``Rawls test″: Would the best off accept the arrangements if they believed at any moment they might find themselves in the place of the worst off?
Rawls joined Harvard’s philosophy department in 1962 after teaching stints at Princeton, Cornell and M.I.T. In 1999, he received the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Eugene V. Rostow
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Eugene V. Rostow, a Yale University law school dean who served in foreign policy positions for both Democratic and Republican presidents, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. He was 89.
Beginning in World War II and continuing through the Cold War, Rostow moved between the nation’s universities and government service.
He was dean of the law school at Yale from 1955 to 1965 and was credited with revamping the curriculum and elevating the school’s reputation.
An adviser to the State Department in the early 1940s and again in the early 1960s, he became undersecretary of state for political affairs in 1966 under President Lyndon Johnson. Rostow was known as a defender of the Vietnam War.
He also was head of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Reagan administration.