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Meyer Jais

May 17, 1993

PARIS (AP) _ Meyer Jais, grand rabbi of Paris for nearly a quarter century before his retirement in 1979, died Saturday at age 86.

Jais was born in 1907 in Algeria, then controlled by the French. He left at age 13 to study at France’s chief rabbinical college and the Sorbonne.

From 1933-38, he served as rabbi at Hagenau near the German border. At the outbreak of World War II, he fled to Algeria and served as grand rabbi of Constantine.

Jais returned to Paris in 1945 and became grand rabbi, or chief Jewish religious official, of the French capital in 1955. Marv Johnson

DETROIT (AP) - Marv Johnson, the baritone singer credited with creating the Motown sound with Berry Gordy Jr., died Sunday after suffering a stroke at a concert. He was 54.

Johnson met Gordy while working in a Detroit record store. In 1959, Johnson recorded ″Come to Me,″ which was leased to the United Artists label. Although the record was only a modest hit - No. 30 on the pop chart - it was the first of the new Motown songs.

Gordy paired Johnson’s gospel background with a churchy female chorus and a male bass. The result was a new sound with black roots that also appealed to white listeners.

By 1960, the duo had made two top 10 hits, ″You Got What It Takes″ and ″I Love the Way You Love,″ and Gordy created his first label, Tamla Records. Johnson, a Detroit native, continued touring the United States and Europe after his recording career tailed off in the early 1970s. Ken Jones

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ken Jones, the city’s first black anchorman best known for his reports on the Watts riots and the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, died Friday of cancer. He was 54.

Jones reported on the 1965 riots and Kennedy’s 1968 assassination and became one of the city’s most visible television personalities during the 1970s.

Jones worked for KRLA radio in Pasadena before moving in 1967 to KTTV-TV in Los Angeles, where a year later he was named weekend anchorman. He worked for KNXT-TV from 1976 to 1982. Before that, he worked for the Los Angeles Examiner, KDAY radio and the West Coast edition of NBC’s Huntley-Brinkley report. Wolfgang Lotz

JERUSALEM (AP) - Wolfgang Lotz, a spy who uncovered Egyptian military secrets while disguised as an ex-Nazi horse trainer and playboy, died Thursday of heart disease. He was 73.

Lotz was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1921. His mother, who was Jewish, fled with him to British-ruled Palestine following the Nazi rise to power in 1933.

He was recruited by Israel’s Mossad spy agency because his blond hair, blue eyes and fluent German would allow him to infiltrate the former Nazi scientists working for Egypt.

He operated in Egypt between 1961 and 1965, uncovering secrets that later aided Israel’s victory in the 1967 Middle East war. Egyptian authorities exposed him and his wife in 1965 and sentenced them to life in prison. They were released in 1968 in a prisoner exchange. Edouard Pignon

PARIS (AP) - Edouard Pignon, a miner’s son who became one of France’s foremost painters, died Friday at age 88.

A friend of Pablo Picasso, Pignon tried his hand at sculpture and theatrical design as well as painting. His post-cubist works are displayed at leading art museums in London, New York, Paris and elsewhere.

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