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William Robert Anderson

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- William Robert Anderson, a former U.S. congressman and captain of the Nautilus on its historic under-the-ice trips to the North Pole, died Feb. 25. He was 85.

Anderson died in Leesburg, Va., following a brief illness, his family said.

Anderson took command of the Navy's Nautilus in 1957, when the submarine cruised to within 180 miles of the North Pole. The next year Anderson and his crew of 115 made the first voyage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean by passing under the ice of the North Pole.

After retiring from the Navy, Anderson served as a consultant to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, helping to create the Peace Corps. In 1964, he was elected to his first of four terms representing the sixth district of Tennessee in Congress.

Anderson also was a businessman. In 1973, he became chairman of the board of directors of Digital Management Corp. He also served as director for Atlantic Union before founding the data management firm Public Management Corp. with his wife.


Thomas Eagleton

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton, who resigned as a vice presidential nominee in 1972 after it was revealed he had been hospitalized for depression, died Sunday. He was 77.

The cause of death was a combination of heart, respiratory and other problems, his family said in a statement. Eagleton had suffered from a variety of illnesses and ailments in recent years.

Eagleton, a Democrat, served in the Senate representing Missouri from December 1968 through January 1987.

Eagleton was George McGovern's vice presidential nominee in 1972, but dropped out after it was revealed that he had been hospitalized for psychiatric treatment and had twice undergone electroshock therapy for depression. McGovern chose Sargent Shriver to replace Eagleton and lost to Richard Nixon in the general election.

Eagleton was elected Missouri attorney general in 1960 and lieutenant governor in 1964 before winning election to the U.S. Senate.

Eagleton was considered liberal, but he criticized busing to achieve school desegregation and, as a practicing Roman Catholic, strongly opposed abortion.

Most recently, he was co-chairman for the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, which backed a successful constitutional amendment in November guaranteeing that all federally allowed stem cell research also can occur in Missouri.


Harold Healy Jr.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Harold Healy Jr., the first U.S. lawyer elected president of the world's oldest international bar federation, died Sunday. He was 85.

Healy died at Mt. Sinai Hospital, said Wolcott Dunham, a partner at the Manhattan law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where Healy was once a partner. Healy's family declined to provide a cause of death, Dunham said.

Healy was the first U.S. lawyer elected president of the Union Internationale des Avocats, the world's oldest international bar federation, according to Debevoise & Plimpton. Earlier, Healy and others helped persuade U.S. bars, including the American Bar Association, to join the UIA, which was founded by the bars of France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Healy, educated at Yale University, was also involved in efforts that led to 1974 legislation and rules that allowed foreign lawyers to become legal consultants in New York State without having to become U.S. citizens or take the bar exam, the firm said.

In 1984, Healy was awarded the Legion of Honor for his support of the international practice of law, the firm said. He retired in 1992.


Marjabelle Young Stewart

KEWANEE, Ill. (AP) -- Proper manners authority Marjabelle Young Stewart, the author of more than 20 books and ruler of the "White Gloves" and "Blue Blazers" children's etiquette empires, died Saturday. She was 82.

Stewart, who also was famous for the annual list of best-mannered cities she began issuing in 1977, died of pneumonia at a nursing home in Kewanee, said her daughter, Jacqueline Ramont.

Stewart's career took her to the White House to teach manners to the daughters of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon and later made her a fixture on the talk-show circuit, but her early years were anything but aristocratic.

Stewart was the second of four daughters born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Marie and Clarence Cullen Bryant, a great-grandson of poet William Cullen Bryant. The couple divorced while the girls were young and turned them over to a local orphanage.

Although Stewart often spoke of the rigors of her orphanage upbringing, she also credited the training she received there for her knowledge of etiquette, said her granddaughter, Erin Marjabelle Albert.


Henri Troyat

PARIS (AP) -- Russian-born writer Henri Troyat, who moved to France as a child and became one of the most prolific, popular and respected writers of his adopted country, has died, a fellow writer said. He was 95.

Maurice Druon, a fellow member of the Academie Francaise, announced Troyat's death in Monday's Le Figaro newspaper, where he is a frequent contributor. Troyat, the author of more than 100 works, died overnight Friday-Saturday, the paper said.

Born Lev Tarassov, Troyat wrote many biographies of major Russian figures, including Tolstoy, Catherine the Great and Pushkin.

Troyat's fifth novel "L'Araigne" (The Spider), published when he was just 27, won France's top literary prize, the Goncourt. He was inducted into the Academie Francaise in 1959, making him the most long-standing member of the group of 40 so-called "immortals" who safeguard the French language.

Troyat was born in Moscow in 1911, and his family fled Russia during the Revolution, winding up in Paris in 1920. Troyat, who studied law, published his first novel "Faux jour" (False Day) when he was completing his mandatory French military service.

After the war, Troyat began writing long, involved tales that many compared to the novels of the 19th century. Many of his books were set in Russia, while others were portraits of French families.