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Chiang Hsiao-yung

December 23, 1996

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Chiang Hsiao-yung, grandson of Taiwan’s late leader Gen. Chiang Kai-shek, died of throat cancer Sunday. He was 47.

Chiang Hsiao-yung was the youngest son of Chiang Ching-kuo, son and successor of Chiang Kai-shek, the general who led his Nationalist followers to Taiwan in 1949 after the Communist takeover of the Chinese mainland.

Chiang Hsiao-yung proposed in July to remove his father and grandfather’s remains for reburial in China, following the Chinese concept of being buried in one’s hometown. The proposal was rejected by the government.

The remains of the general and his son, who died in 1975 and 1988 respectively, are kept in a mausoleum near Taipei. The government promised to bury them in China after the reunification of Taiwan and the mainland.

Peter W. Eccles

NEW YORK (AP) _ Peter W. Eccles, an international investment banker credited with devising a currency swap technique that earned Citicorp hundreds of millions of dollars, died Dec. 13. He was 60.

Eccles spent his varied career, which began in the 1960s, working for law firms, banks and, finally, his own international investment banking firm, Eccles Associates, which he founded in 1990.

He worked as a lawyer at the World Bank and the New York City firm of Cleary, Gottleib, Steen & Hamilton in the 1960s, before joining Goldman, Sachs & Co. and later Ultrafin International Corp.

While at Citicorp, which he joined in the late 1970s, he devised what is known as the ``currency swap.″ The technique helps bankers work around currency restrictions in different countries by arranging money swaps between companies. It has been widely used to hedge risk in the foreign exchange market.

Lou Eisenstein

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lou Eisenstein, who officiated NBA games for nearly 30 years and worked 14 consecutive National Invitation Tournament finals, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 83.

Eisenstein was a founding member of the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association. He worked National Basketball Association games from the league’s post-war beginning until 1976.

He also owned a sporting goods store in Brooklyn.

Matt Goree

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) _ Matt Goree, a former city editor at The Kansas City Star and the Los Angeles Times, died Friday at age 68.

Goree joined the Times in 1970 as a city editor and later became managing editor of the newspaper’s Orange County edition.

He came to the Star in 1956, was appointed assistant city editor in 1963 and then city editor in 1965.

Goree worked at the Springfield News-Leader and the Chicago Daily News before joining the Star.

He is survived by his wife, Pam, and three stepchildren.

Barry S. Gray

NEW YORK (AP) _ Barry S. Gray, who is credited with creating the talk show format for radio, died Saturday. He was 80.

Gray was a talk show host on WMCA in New York for 39 years, and was considered a pioneer in the industry. In June, he was voted 1996 Talk Show Host of the Year by the National Association of Talk Show Hosts.

Gray was the author of ``My Night People,″ and also worked at WOR for the last seven years. He had worked for several stations in Los Angeles and Miami before being hired at WMCA.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three children.

Joseph Heimbold Sr.

NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) _ Joseph Heimbold Sr., who is credited with creating Exxon’s ``tiger in the gas tank″ marketing campaign, died Wednesday at age 83.

Keying on Exxon’s tiger mascot, Heimbold cut a tiger tail from a stuffed animal, stuck it on his gas tank cover and drove to Exxon’s corporate headquarters in the early 1960s.

The company’s vice president of marketing loved the idea and gave Heimbold the right to market tiger tails throughout the United States and Australia.

In the 1970s, Heimbold created the annual New Jersey Tomato Weigh-In contest after he noticed that gardeners swapped tall tomato tales.

Margret E. Rey

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Margret E. Rey, half of the husband-and-wife team that created the ``Curious George″ children’s books about the irrepressible monkey, died Saturday. She was 90.

She and her husband, H.A. Rey, created the fictional monkey while living in Paris in the 1930s. The couple escaped on bicycles with the unsold manuscript in 1940 before the German occupation.

After Houghton Mifflin published ``Curious George″ in 1941, the Reys wrote six more books over 25 years, all about the trouble-prone monkey who wreaks havoc and has to be rescued or forgiven _ or saves the day.

Mr. Rey, who died in 1963, illustrated the Curious George books while his wife created the stories.

The series has sold more than 20 million copies in 12 languages. An anthology released last year, ``The Complete Adventures of Curious George,″ is in its second printing.

In addition to the seven original Curious George books, Margret Rey created 28 other Curious George adventures with Alan J. Shalleck.

She also had five other books published, including ``Spotty″ and Pretzel,″ which are to be re-released in 1997, and oversaw a Curious George merchandising program.

Francis Sanford

PAPEETE, Tahiti (AP) _ Francis Sanford, whose push for greater independence made him known as French Polynesia’s ``father of autonomy,″ died Saturday. He was 84.

Sanford was elected mayor of Faaa in 1965 and two years later he became a deputy in the French territory’s assembly, a post he held until 1978.

As president of the Polynesian government’s council, he founded Aia Api, a political party opposed to former French President Charles de Gaulle’s watchful rule over French Polynesia.

Sanford helped write a 1977 autonomy statute in France’s National Assembly that gave the South Pacific territory greater leeway in managing its daily affairs. He retired from politics in 1985.

Saul Mouchly Small

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Dr. Saul Mouchly Small, president emeritus of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Friday. He was 83.

Small served as president of the Tuscon-based MDA from 1980 to 1989, and as executive committee chairman from 1989 until his death. He had been a director of the association since 1974.

Small was professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine for 35 years.

He also was a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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