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Obituaries in the News

November 14, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ Svetlana Beriosova, a ballet star who danced across many of the world’s stages, died Tuesday of cancer at age 66.

Beriosova’s career began in New York in 1941 when she appeared with Massine’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as Clara in ``The Nutcracker.″ Her professional debut as an adult came in 1947 in ``The Nutcracker″ and ``Les sylphides″ with Canada’s Ottawa Ballet.

She was the daughter of ballet master Nicholas Berizoff and followed him in joining the Cuevas Grand Ballet in Monte Carlo, and the Metropolitan Ballet in England. When that company folded in 1949, Ms. Beriosova accepted an invitation to join the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, where she stayed until her retirement in 1975.

Stephen Duggan

NEW YORK (AP) _ Stephen Duggan, the founding chairman of the National Resources Defense Council and leader of a successful fight against development of Storm King Mountain, died Sunday. He was 89.

Duggan, an attorney, and his late wife, Beatrice, formed the council in 1970 with others to marshal the law and research for environmental causes.

During his 10 years as chairman, Duggan involved the group with such diverse subjects as the Alaskan wilderness, the health of steelworkers, the survival of the golden eagle, chemical pollution and public health in the inner cities.

The fight over Storm King Mountain, is considered an important event in establishing modern environmental law. In 1963, Consolidated Edison announced a plan to build a power plant on the river and the mountain. It abandoned the project following a protest spearheaded by Duggan.

Paul Hoffman

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Paul Hoffman, known for his physical, tenacious style of basketball at Purdue in the 1940s and later with the Baltimore Bullets, died Thursday of a brain tumor. He was 73.

In 1948, he was named the rookie of the year in the Basketball Association of America, the precursor to the NBA.

Hoffman sat out the 1949-50 season, but returned to the Bullets from 1951 until 1955, when the team went bankrupt. He finished the season in Philadelphia. He played a total of 317 games, averaging 10.2 points.

When pro basketball returned to Baltimore in 1963, Hoffman was the team’s general manager and played a part in reviving the nickname Bullets.

Herbert Lingren

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Herbert Lingren, a marriage and family specialist who offered parenting tips regularly during a television news segment, died Wednesday of complications from heart surgery. He was 65.

Lingren was president of the National Council of Family Relations from 1992-97. He was a family scientist with the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of family and consumer sciences.

He also was a regular on KOLN-TV’s ``Better Parenting″ weekly segments during the station’s noon news show.

Gerald Long

PARIS (AP) _ Gerald Long, who led Britain’s Reuters news agency from 1963 to 1981 and later became managing director of The Times of London, died Sunday. He was 75. No cause of death was given.

Long turned the Reuters agency from a news operation that battled to break even into a flourishing company that was successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange after his departure in 1981.

He introduced new commercial services including business and financial monitoring, and persuaded the board to borrow money in order to remain dynamic.

Long joined Reuters in 1948 and worked as a correspondent in Frankfurt, Germany, Paris, and in Ankara, Turkey. By 1956, he was chief correspondent in Germany and three years later was given responsibility for East and West Germany, Austria and the Russian republics.

In 1960, he returned to London as assistant general manager, and was made chief executive in 1963.

In 1967, Reuters broke its traditionally close working relationship with The Associated Press because Long wanted the news agency to develop its own independent reporting operation.

In 1981, Long accepted an offer to become managing director of The Times. He was later replaced as managing director, but remained as vice-chairman until he retired in 1984.

He is survived by his wife Anne, three daughters and two sons.

Harold McConnell

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Harold McConnell, a former assistant managing editor for Stars and Stripes and former copy editor at the San Diego Union, died Wednesday of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 81.

He served in the U.S. military for four years and later was hired to the Stars and Stripes as a civilian journalist. Based in Germany, McConnell wrote about the reconstruction of Europe and the Berlin Airlift, eventually becoming assistant managing editor.

He joined Copley News Service in the 1950s and, later, what was then the San Diego Union. There, he was a copy editor and helped research travel stories. He retired from the Union after 15 years in November 1984.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Eleanor Rudolph

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) _ Eleanor Rudolph, whose family once owned the Macomb Daily Journal, died Nov. 12. She was 94.

Mrs. Rudolph married William H. Rudolph on June 1, 1925. The Rudolph family owned and published the Daily Journal newspaper for more than 100 years before its sale in 1979.

She is survived by two sons.

John F. Sullivan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ John F. ``Silky″ Sullivan, who helped found the veterans’ rights group Swords to Plowshares, died Monday. He was 64.

Sullivan joined the Navy in 1950 and served on an aircraft carrier. He was disabled in a car accident in San Diego while on active duty. He sustained brain injuries, lost an arm and was paralyzed on the right side of his body.

He founded Swords to Plowshares in 1974 with three other volunteers dissatisfied with outreach programs for Vietnam vets. He also served as an advocate for disabled workers.

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