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August 27, 1997 GMT

HULL, Quebec (AP) _ Hardial Bains, the national leader of the Communist Party of Canada, died of cancer Sunday. He was 58.

From his earliest days in India, and then in Canada from 1959, Bains devoted his life to the communist cause and founded the party known as the Marxist-Leninists.

John F.X. Davoren

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) _ John F.X. Davoren, former secretary of state and speaker of the Massachusetts House, died Sunday at 82.

Davoren was elected a state representative in 1955, House majority leader in 1962, and speaker in 1965.


As speaker he was instrumental in passage of the nation’s first truth-in-lending banking law for consumer protection and in establishing the University of Massachusetts Medical School at Worcester.

In 1967 he was appointed secretary of state to replace Kevin H. White, who had been elected mayor of Boston. In 1970, Davoren was elected secretary of state, and he served until 1974.

Janet Good

DETROIT (AP) _ Janet Good, who worked closely with Dr. Jack Kevorkian, helping him with several assisted suicides and arranging many more, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. She was 73.

Kevorkian’s attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, refused to say whether Kevorkian was present for Good’s death.

Long before she met Kevorkian, Ms. Good founded the Michigan chapter of the right-to-die Hemlock Society in 1980, after her mother spent 3 1/2 years in a nursing home.

After she met Kevorkian in 1989, Ms. Good soon became a contact for the retired pathologist, who has acknowledged helping 46 people kill themselves since 1990.

Kevorkian released a statement that said in part, ``Janet exemplified the best in women: She fought for freedom, liberty, justice and compassion. I loved her. We will all miss her.″

Jan Sejna

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) _ Jan Sejna, a major general in the Czechoslovakian army who defected to the United States in 1968 and became a counterintelligence analyst for the CIA, died Saturday of congestive heart failure. He was 70.

Sejna was a high-ranking Communist Party official, chief of the political wing of the Czech Defense Ministry and a member of the National Assembly, the country’s legislative body, when he defected shortly before a Soviet-led invasion quashed a liberalization movement in what was then Czechoslovakia.


His broad knowledge of military affairs and contacts with Soviet and Warsaw Pact officials made him a valuable source for U.S. intelligence agencies when he worked for the CIA from 1969 to 1976. He then became a consultant to the Defense Intelligence Agency before retiring last fall.

Sejna was a wealth of information on secret deal-making among the old guard of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. More recently, he alleged that the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia tested drugs on U.S. war prisoners during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Jeep Swenson

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jeep Swenson, an internationally known bodybuilder who played a mutant villain in ``Batman & Robin,″ died at UCLA Medical Center of heart failure on Aug. 18. He was 40.

The 6-foot, 400-pound Swenson appeared in the film as Bane, the masked sidekick of Poison Ivy, played by Uma Thurman.

Swenson was known in his professional wrestling days as ``Jeep the Mercenary″ and was featured in fitness magazines and television commercials.

He appeared in several other films and had some TV roles as well.

Robert C. Switzer

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Robert C. Switzer, who helped start glow-in-the-dark paint maker Day-Glo Color Corp., died Wednesday. He was 83.

Switzer co-founded Switzer Brothers Inc. with his brother, Joseph, in 1946. The name was changed to Day-Glo Color Corp. in 1969.

The brothers began experimenting with fluorescent pigments in their mother’s kitchen in Berkeley, Calif., in 1934. Two years later, they moved to Cleveland to develop fluorescent printing ink.

In the early years, the bright paint was popular with the entertainment industry and was often used in nightclub decor. During World War II the government used the paints as signaling devices for downed fliers.

Switzer became chairman of Day-Glo in 1976. He retired in 1985. Joseph Switzer died in 1973.