DIED A Russian-language scholar, Heyward Isham, 82, served as chief of the U.S. delegation to the Paris peace talks on Vietnam from 1971 to 1973 and as U.S. ambassador to Haiti. After manning key posts in Moscow and Hong Kong, he became Assistant Secretary of State in 1977.

• In 1947, Edith Ronne, 89, became the first U.S. woman to set foot in Antarctica. Her Norwegian-born husband Finn, a former U.S. Navy captain, asked her to join the expedition so that Edith--who had better English skills--could pen his newspaper dispatches.

• Using a mattress, a coin meter and a clip-on vibrating...

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