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"Obituaries in the News"
Obituaries in the News
By The Associated Press, Sigge Bergman Charles Helou Sadek Kamil Hilal Pretaap Radhakishun Patricia Scott Victor Smith
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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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