SCRANTON, Pa. — Senior U.S. District Judge Richard P. Conaboy has died at a Pennsylvania hospital. He was 93.

His son-in-law Larry Moran, Sr., says Conaboy passed away Friday morning at Scranton Regional Hospital. He says Conaboy died with his wife holding his hand and surrounded by his 12 children. He didn’t give a cause of death.

He says his father-in-law was a “great man.”

The Times-Tribune reports former Vice President Joe Biden, also a Scranton native, visited Conaboy in the hospital on Sunday.

Conaboy was nominated by President Jimmy Carter in May 1979 to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and was confirmed that July.

He was a Lackawanna County judge for 17 years before being named a federal judge. With Biden’s help, he was named chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and had that post 1994 to 1998.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Walt Kowalczyk, a star halfback at Michigan State who finished third in the 1957 Heisman Trophy race, has died. He was 83.

Michigan State says Kowalczyk died Wednesday.

Nicknamed “The Sprinting Blacksmith,” Kowalczyk helped the Spartans to top-three finishes in the AP poll for the 1955 and 1957 seasons. He was named MVP of the 1956 Rose Bowl.

Kowalczyk led the Spartans in rushing during the 1957 season and scored nine rushing touchdowns. He also ranked second in all-purpose yards. John David Crow of Texas A&M topped the Heisman vote that season, followed by Alex Karras and Kowalczyk.

Kowalczyk was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. He spent three seasons in the NFL, two with Philadelphia and one with Dallas, and finished his career in the AFL with Oakland in 1961.

— Associated Press