obituaries

William Ford, who grew up in Bridgehampton and went on to become a major in the Army and a decorated veteran of the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, died on April 18 at Walter Reed Hospital. He was 87.
Word has been received here of the death in Arlington, Tex., of Viola O. Tilstra, who was born and brought up in Montauk.
George J. Hoffman, an educator, school administrator, and community activist, died at home in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Visiting hours for John J. Wilson, 85, of East Hampton, who died in Huntington on Sunday, will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.
Apart from a year at the Sorbonne in the early 1960s and another living in London in the early 1970s, Laurie M. Adams lived all of her 73 years in New York.
Sondra Lynn of East Hampton, who practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine for many years before being diagnosed with leukemia four years ago, died on June 18 at home. She was 57 and her mother was by her side.
John Peter Hayden, an artist who split his time between the South Fork and West Palm Beach, Fla., died on Sunday at his house on Richardson Avenue in Springs.
James Salter, an author best known for his 1967 novel, "A Sport and a Pastime," died on Friday in Sag Harbor.
A memorial service for Melvin Charles Bennett of Springs will be held on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maidstone Park pavilion in Springs.