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January 15, 2003

Dean Amadon

TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) _ Dean Amadon, an authority on birds of prey and former curator of birds at the American Museum of Natural History, has died. He was 90.

Amadon died Sunday at his home in Tenafly; a cause of death was not disclosed.

A longtime museum staffer, he traveled to exotic places for field work while writing numerous articles and books, including several works that are considered classics by naturalists and bird lovers.

Amadon was Cornell University student when he was hired at the museum in 1937 to catalog various bird eggs. He was appointed as the museum’s Lamont curator in 1955, serving until 1973, and was chairman of the museum’s ornithology department during that time.

Elie Borowski

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Elie Borowski, whose vast collection of Middle Eastern artifacts formed the bulk of Jerusalem’s Bible Lands Museum, died Tuesday. He was 89.

A longtime collector, Borowski founded the museum in 1992. It sits on the same grounds as the Israel Museum, which contains such treasures as the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Bible Lands Museum has artifacts tracing the development of religious beliefs in the region from the beginnings of civilization through the Christian era.

Borowski, born in Warsaw in 1913, was educated in Poland’s leading Jewish seminaries. He enlisted in the French army’s Polish division in 1939 just before the outbreak of World War II. After the war, Borowski studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, the Sorbonne in France, and elsewhere in Europe.

Walter Kerr

NEW YORK (AP) _ Walter Kerr, a former foreign correspondent, magazine publisher and general manager of the international edition of The New York Times, died on Jan. 10 in White Plains, N.Y. He was 91.

Kerr became a foreign correspondent for The New York Herald Tribune after attending Yale University. He was in Prague during the Nazi invasion in 1938 and in Paris when the German Army entered in June 1940.

He also reported on World War II from the Soviet Union before taking a job in Europe with the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency.

He returned to work for The Herald Tribune in a variety of positions in Europe and the United States.

Fred McCaffrey

SANTA FE (AP) _ Fred McCaffrey, the syndicated columnist who was known for his vast knowledge of New Mexico politics, died Monday after suffering a heart attack. He was 80.

McCaffrey was press secretary for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., when he ran for Albuquerque City Commission in 1966 and when he was elected to the Senate in 1972.

McCaffrey also served as press secretary for the late Democratic Sen. Joseph Montoya during his re-election campaign in 1970.

McCaffrey wrote the statewide political column, ``Inside the Capitol″ from the late 70s to 1987.

McCaffrey was born in Albuquerque. He began studying for the priesthood in 1940. He was in the seminary for 13 years but stopped short of being ordained.

Paul Monash

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Producer and screenwriter Paul Monash, whose credits include the films ``Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,″ ``Carrie,″ and ``Slaughterhouse-Five,″ died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 85.

Monash wrote, directed and produced the hit 1960s television show ``Peyton Place″ and wrote the TV movie ``All Quiet on the Western Front,″ which won the 1980 Golden Globe as best miniseries or movie made for television.

His other film credits include ``The Friends of Eddie Coyle,″ ``Big Trouble in Little China″ and the 1974 version of ``The Front Page,″ which starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

He received the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for lifetime achievement during the Writers Guild of America West awards in 2000.

Larry Rozadilla

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Larry Rozadilla, a boxing referee and judge who worked 131 championship bouts and was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999, has died of cancer. He was 72.

Rozadilla died at his home in Manhattan Beach, his widow, Lillian, said Wednesday.

Rozadilla had been ill for about two years, and no longer worked in the ring. He continued to judge matches and evaluate referees as late as November.

Among the fights Rozadilla worked during his 35-year career was Mike Tyson’s loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo in 1990.

One of the last fights Rozadilla refereed was at Staples Center in July 2001, when Roy Jones Jr. beat Julio Gonzalez to retain his undisputed light heavyweight title.

Sebastian von Hoerner

ESSLINGEN, Germany (AP) _ Sebastian von Hoerner, an astrophysicist who did pioneering work in his native Germany and the United States on extraterrestrial life and the development of powerful radio telescopes to search for it, died of a heart attack Jan. 7. He was 83.

Born in Goerlitz, Germany, von Hoerner received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Goettingen in 1951 and threw himself into the study of the formation of stars.

From 1962, he continued his work in the United States, joining the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia, as a staff scientist.

He also entered the field of lunar occultation _ when a star of a planet is obscured by the moon _ but increasingly turned to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence following groundbreaking research by astronomer Frank Drake at the observatory in the 1960s.

Shortly before his death he completed the manuscript of a new book, ``Are We Alone?″, which his family said would soon be edited.

Wang Tieya

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ Wang Tieya, a former judge at the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague, died Sunday in Beijing after a long illness, the court said Wednesday. He was 89.

Wang began his career as a law professor in China in 1940, later becoming chairman of the political science department at Beijing University. He was China’s legal adviser at the United Nations in 1950, and taught at Columbia Law School as a visiting professor during much of the 1980s.

He was sworn in at the U.N. tribunal in the Hague in November 1997, and retired in March 2000 due to ill health.

George Waters

FAIR HAVEN, N.J. (AP) _ George W. Waters, an executive who turned the American Express card into a global brand, has died. He was 87.

Waters died Saturday at his home in Fair Haven. His son-in-law, Marc Galligan, said Waters had been in failing health and was hospitalized last month with heart problems.

American Express hired Waters as general manager of its credit card division in 1961, a time when credit cards were accepted primarily by restaurants, and Visa and MasterCard did not yet exist.

Waters soon persuaded American Airlines to drop its credit card and begin accepting the American Express card, and other airlines soon followed. He remained with the company until he retired in 1981.

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