Milestones Dec. 28, 1998

DIED. A. LEON HIGGINBOTHAM JR., 70, esteemed federal judge and scholar; of complications from several strokes; in Boston. Higginbotham, a civil rights advocate who called himself a "survivor of segregation," was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom--the nation's highest civilian honor--in 1995 when he retired from the bench (see Eulogy, below).

DIED. NORMAN FELL, 74, character actor; of cancer; in Woodland Hills, Calif. Fell, who made 35 films, was best known for his role as the interminably cranky landlord, Mr. Roper, on the 1970s TV series Three's Company.

DIED. WILLIAM GADDIS, 75, venerated modernist author; of prostate cancer; in East Hampton,...

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