PASSINGS: Kenneth J. Gray, Rosalind Nyman Joel
PASSINGS: Kenneth J. Gray, Rosalind Nyman Joel

Former U.S. Rep. Kenneth J. Gray, 89, who earned the nickname the "Prince of Pork" during the 1960s and '70s for bringing an estimated $7 billion in projects to his Southern Illinois congressional district, died Saturday. The cause was a heart attack, his family said. Gray served 10 terms in Congress between 1954 and 1974, when he retired for health reasons. He returned to Congress in 1984 to serve two terms, then in 1988 retired again, citing a muscular disorder caused by a tick bite during a congressional visit to Brazil. The flamboyant Democrat was known for bringing federal projects to his depressed district, including a federal prison, an interstate highway, post...