Guy Hunt, former GOP governor of Alabama
Guy Hunt, who in 1987 became Alabama's first Republican governor since Reconstruction but six years later was the first chief executive removed from office for a criminal conviction, died Friday in Birmingham. He was 75.
Family spokesman Mark McDaniel said Hunt died at Trinity Medical Center. He was being treated the last couple of years for cancer and was frail when he had gall bladder surgery in late November. He was never able to recover.
The former Amway salesman, farmer and Primitive Baptist preacher was dismissed as a country bumpkin by some when he entered the governor's race in 1986. But he pulled a spectacular upset when internal feuding split the Democratic Party, sending 56 percent of voters into Hunt's column.
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He became the first Republican elected to lead Alabama since 1872. He is credited with filling enough committees, boards and other offices with Republicans that he helped make Alabama a two-party state instead of being dominated by Democrats.
Russell Murray II, weapons analyst
Russell Murray II, 83, a weapons analyst and assistant secretary of defense who played a role in long-range military planning and was known for raising concerns about the high cost of many weapons systems, died of cancer Jan. 26 at his home in Alexandria, Va.
Murray trained as an aeronautical engineer and worked for the Grumman aircraft company in New York before joining the Defense Department in 1962 as a military weapons systems analyst.
He spent seven years at the Pentagon, where he played a key role in reorienting the Defense Department toward a focus on conventional weapons instead of nuclear arms.
He returned to the private sector before President Carter appointed him in 1977 as assistant secretary of defense for program analysis and evaluation.
Lee Barrow Jr., retired
dean at Howard U.
Lionel “Lee” Barrow Jr., 82, a former advertising executive and civil rights activist who retired in 1985 after 10 years as dean of the Howard University School of Communications, died Jan. 23 at a hospice in Tampa, Fla. He had prostate cancer.
In the 1960s, Barrow worked in New York in the consumer research departments of advertising companies. He became vice president and associate director of research for Foote, Cone and Belding, a large advertising concern.
Barrow had been a 1948 graduate of Morehouse College, a historically black college where a classmate was Martin Luther King Jr. After King's assassination in 1968, Barrow was a leading force in the further integration of what became the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Robert Broughton, special effects pioneer
Robert Broughton, 91, a pioneering camera effects artist for Walt Disney productions who worked on nearly every Disney motion picture from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937 to “The Black Hole” in 1979, died Jan. 19 at a nursing facility in Rochester, Minn., according to his son Dan.