- Former Colorado Gov. John Vanderhoof, 91, a onetime fighter pilot, businessman and bank executive, died Sept. 19.
A fighter pilot who was shot down in World War II, Vanderhoof left the Navy and joined his father and a brother in the sporting goods business. Five years later, he ran for the Legislature and won.
After 20 years in the state House, six as speaker, he was elected lieutenant governor for a four-year term in 1970 as the third-term running mate of Republican Gov. John Love. Vanderhoof became governor when Love left to join the Nixon administration in 1973.
He later defeated Denver cable television owner Bill Daniels for the GOP nomination for governor but lost to Democrat Richard Lamm and left office in 1975,
- Michael Moses Ward, 41, a survivor of the May 13, 1985, MOVE bombing, died Sept. 20 in a hot tub aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Born Olewolffe Ward, he became Birdie Africa when his parents split up and his mother joined the militant group MOVE. He was 13 when, after a daylong armed standoff, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on the roof, killing five children and six adults and incinerating 61 row homes.
Ward, who ran naked from the burning compound, was the only child to survive the bombing. His mother, Rhonda Africa, was among those killed in the siege.
Ward changed his name in 1986 and lived with his father, Andino Ward. He recovered from serious burns and served in the Army.
Ward later spoke of his life with MOVE, of being forced to live on a diet of raw vegetables and being denied schooling.
"I'm still afraid of them, of MOVE," he said in 1995. "Some of the things that went on there I can't get out of my head, bad things, things I haven't told anybody except my father."