Bernie Boston

BASYE, Va. (AP) Bernie Boston, a newspaper photographer best known for his iconic 1960s picture of a Vietnam War protester placing flowers in soldiers' gun barrels at a rally, died Tuesday of a rare blood disease. He was 74.

Boston died at his home in Basye, where he retired in 1994 after working for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Star and the Dayton Daily News. His death was announced by the White House News Photographers Association, for which he served four terms as president.

Boston's photograph, "Flower Power," was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. He took the picture at a war protest in Washington on Oct. 22, 1967.

He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a 1987 photograph of Coretta Scott King unveiling a bust of her late husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in the U.S. Capitol.

Born in Washington, Boston graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and served in the Army before starting his news photography career in Dayton. He moved back to Washington to work at the Star and was director of photography when the newspaper folded in 1981. He then was hired by The Los Angeles Times to establish a photo operation in the nation's capital.

He covered every president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton.

After retiring, Boston and his wife, Peggy, co-owned the Bryce Mountain Courier, a monthly newspaper.

Evan Galbraith

NEW YORK (AP) Evan Galbraith, a U.S. ambassador to France during the Reagan administration who also ran twice for New York governor, died Monday of cancer, family members said Wednesday. He was 79.

Galbraith died peacefully at home in Manhattan, surrounded by family, J. Michael Galbraith said. Cancer had spread throughout Galbraith's body, the diplomat's older brother said.

Known as "Van," Evan Galbraith spent more than 20 years as an investment banker in Europe and served as ambassador from 1981 to 1985 under Reagan. He also served two years ago as a representative to then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in Europe and as defense adviser to the U.S. mission to NATO.

The Toledo, Ohio, native went to Yale University, where he roomed for four years with National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. Together they crossed the Atlantic Ocean at least twice in Buckley's sailboat, Galbraith's nephew said. He spent four years in the Navy in the 1950s.

Galbraith, who also served as a board chairman of the National Review, unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for New York governor in 1990 and 1994.

Robert Evander McNair Jr.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Robert Evander McNair Jr., the son of former South Carolina Gov. Robert McNair died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 60.

McNair died at a hospital, Greg Dunbar of Dunbar Funeral Homes in Columbia told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The former governor died in November at age 83, two months after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Former first lady Josephine McNair died at age 84 about a week later at the family's Berkeley County farm where her husband was buried.

McNair's daughter, Claudia McNair Crawford, died last month at the age of 50, also of cancer.

The former governor's son was regional manager of government affairs for paper-maker Georgia-Pacific Corp. for more than two decades. He also worked with the printing firm R.L. Bryan after serving in the United States Air Force.

Rudolph R. Spruengli

GENEVA (AP) Rudolph R. Spruengli, heir to a Swiss chocolate empire and head of the world-renowned Lindt & Spruengli business for more than two decades, died Monday. He was 88.

Spruengli owned and chaired the Swiss chocolate company Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli AG during a decisive period of growth and expansion. A company spokeswoman confirmed his death.

Spruengli was born into the Lindt & Spruengli chocolate dynasty in 1920 and spent his entire working life with the family firm, known worldwide for its luxury chocolates.

From 1971 to 1994, Spruengli was the executive board chairman the fifth generation of the family to hold the post.

Under Spruengli's leadership, company turnover increased tenfold and it became one of the world's best-known premium chocolate producers, with a work force of 4,000. His overriding passion and priority was to ensure that the family firm, established in 1845, stayed out of the acquisitive clutches of the mass-production multinationals.

He listed Lindt & Spruengli on the Swiss stock exchange in 1986.

Widely dubbed "the chocolate king" and the "patriarch" because of his autocratic style, Spruengli also had a reputation for fending off potential challenges to his supremacy by other family members including his own sons, Luzius and Rudolf.

"The firm is more important than the family," he once declared.