Daisy Anderson, 97, one of the last three widows of Civil War soldiers. Born Daisy Graham in 1900, she was 21 when she married Robert Ball Anderson, a 79-year-old veteran. It was the first marriage for each, and one of both love and convenience that lasted eight years until he died in a car accident in 1930. A slave in Kentucky, her husband ran away to join the Union Army to escape beatings. His widow said he never saw action in the war but afterward joined the Buffalo Soldiers on the Western frontier and in New Mexico refused to carry out an order to kill an American Indian woman and her baby. Daisy was so poor that she had a single dress when she married Anderson, who took her home to his 2,000-acre ranch in Nebraska. After his death, she became known as an author, poet and lecturer. Her death leaves only two widows of men who served in the Civil War: Alberta Martin, 91, of Elba, Ala., and Gertrude Grubb Janeway, 89, of Blaine, Tenn. On Sept. 19 in Denver.
Kongulu Mobutu; Son of Late Zairian Dictator
Kongulu Mobutu, 28, a brutal army general who was a son of the late Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Before the rebellion that ousted his father in May 1997 after 32 years of despotic rule, the younger Mobutu spent most of his time overseeing a dozen businesses that ranged from importing to river shipping. He fled Zaire--later renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo--when rebels led by Laurent Kabila overthrew his father's government. The elder Mobutu died of prostate cancer in exile in Morocco four months after he was toppled. On Thursday in Monaco after a long illness.
Edwin W. Searles; Entertainer in Vaudeville, Films and TV
Edwin W. Searles, 84, an entertainer in vaudeville, films and television. Searles started in vaudeville and worked in the "Our Gang" comedy short films. He worked with Bob Hope entertaining the military and with such performers as Jerry Lewis, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. Searles appeared in films including "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur" and in television series such as "Starsky and Hutch" and "CHiPs." On Tuesday in North Hollywood.
Ted Zuckerman; Philanthropist, Leader of Jewish Causes
Ted Zuckerman, 88, philanthropist and leader of Jewish causes. Professionally, Zuckerman was president of the Sally Shops of California and vice president for real estate investments with Capital Bank of California. He was the son of the late Sadie and Lew Zuckerman, founders of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. Following in his parents' footsteps, Ted Zuckerman served as president of the Jewish Home for the Aging and of its Guardians support group and was a founding member of its Marilyn and Monty Hall Statesman's Club. Zuckerman led the first mission to Israel for the United Jewish Welfare Fund, now called the United Jewish Fund. He was honored as a Man of the Year by the Jewish Home for the Aged and by Vista del Mar and as Man of Tomorrow by the City of Hope for his philanthropy and fund-raising efforts there. Zuckerman served for many years on the board of directors of Sinai Temple and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a major in the Army during World War II. On Thursday in Los Angeles.