Laurabelle Zach Oatis



Age: 88


Summary: retired librarian whose pleading letter to the former Czechosklovakian government in 1953 helped to free her imprisoned husband, Associated Press correspondent William N. Oatis (d. 1997), when he was sentenced to 10 years for alleged espionage during the early days of the Cold War.



Cause of Death: Aftereffects of a stroke


Born: 1924


Died: June 19, 2012


Location: Port Jefferson Station, New York