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Obituaries in the News (Associated Press)Sigge Bergman, a top executive with skiing`s governing body for more than 30 years, died Saturday in Rattvik, the Swedish news agency TT said. He was 95. - Jan 08 6:01 AM ET

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Sigge Bergman, a top executive with skiing's governing body for more than 30 years, died Saturday in Rattvik, the Swedish news agency TT said. He was 95.

Bergman served as chairman of the International Ski Federation between 1946 and 1961. He was its secretary general from 1961 to 1979.

A former sports writer, Bergman worked as a sports official and represented Sweden during 13 Winter Olympics. He was an honorary member of the Swedish Olympic Committee.

Bergman is survived by his wife and four sons.

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Former President Charles Helou, who tried to curb Palestinian guerrillas in the 1960s in Lebanon, died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 87.

The French-speaking Helou was elected the country's fourth president in 1964. His six years in office were marked by strife among Lebanese factions and the guerrillas of the Palestinian refugee community - confrontations that culminated in the civil war of 1975-90.

Helou was credited with signing the so-called Cairo Agreement of November 1969 with Yasser Arafat (news - web sites)'s Palestine Liberation Organization (news - web sites). The accord came after violent clashes with Palestinian guerrillas in the streets of Beirut.

Helou worked as a journalist and lawyer before being elected to parliament in 1951. He held several posts in the Cabinet before becoming president.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (AP) - Dr. Sadek Kamil Hilal, a radiologist who helped advance the science of imaging technology, died Dec. 24. He was 70.

Hilal pioneered a treatment for tumors deep in the brain. He also helped refine technology used to treat cerebral vascular disease.

Since 1998, Hilal had served as president of the International Society of Neuroradiology. He authored eight books and held three patents in tomography and imaging technology.

Hilal introduced a microdensitometer which gauged the density of the cerebral arteries and allowed doctors to measure blood flow to the brain.

In 1983, he unveiled a fourth-generation nuclear magnetic resonance scanner, which diagnosed strokes and other disorders by pinpointing dead or dying tissues inside the body.

He joined the faculty at Columbia University in 1963, serving as a professor of radiology and neurological surgery. He directed the school's division of radiology and was named professor emeritus in 1979.

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) - Pretaap Radhakishun, the former vice president of Suriname, died several months after the administration under which he served was ousted in early elections, family members said Sunday. He was 66.

He had been fighting liver and kidney disease.

Radhakishun served from 1996 until 2000 under former President Jules Wijdenbosch.

Last week, President Ronald Venetiaan confirmed that he had ordered Wijdenbosch and Radhakishun to account for millions of dollars allegedly spent under a secret security fund. Radhakishun denied having such a fund; Wijdenbosch said he followed procedures.

The Wijdenbosch administration was forced to call elections a year early in 2000, as citizens of the South American former Dutch colony formed massive protests to call for the president's resignation over the economy's decline.

Elections took place in May and the Wijdenbosch administration lost to Radhakishun's former party - the New Front coalition led by Venetiaan.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - State Rep. Patricia Scott died Sunday after a two-year battle with lung cancer. She was 62.

The Democrat was to be sworn in Monday for her ninth two-year term. Her death could complicate an already tense split in the Legislature with Democrats and Republicans each holding 49 House seats and Democrats controlling the Senate 25 to 24.

A successor to Scott, who ranked third in seniority in the House Democratic Caucus, will be chosen from three nominees selected by Democrats from Scott's 38th Legislative District.

Until then, Republicans will hold a 49-48 edge in the House. No timetable for choosing a successor was announced.

Scott, a native of Bemidji, Minn., was appointed to her House seat in 1984 and won election two years later. Before that, she worked for 10 years as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Lloyd Meeds, D-Wash.

She was employed by the city of Everett for 21 years, most recently as community relations officer for Everett Transit.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - Victor Smith, a South African open-cockpit pioneer who helped trail-blaze African air routes, died Friday, the South African Press Association reported Sunday. He was 87.

In the early 1930s, Smith was part of a group of pilots who risked their lives and their frail machines to open what was known as the "darkest continent" and to reduce traveling times within the African continent, and between Africa and Europe.

At that time, airplanes used the East African route to Europe, considered safer than the more direct and unknown West African route, now used daily.

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