Jane Stewart Mapes, 73, a retired public relations executive, took her life Friday at her home in Litchfield Park, Ariz. She had been ill for some time with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. She and her husband, John G. Mapes, who died last year, founded an opinion research company, the Group Attitudes Corp., in 1950. They joined Hill & Knowlton Inc. when their company was acquired in 1956. She served as president of Group Attitudes before and after it became a subsidiary of Hill & Knowlton. She retired from Hill & Knowlton in 1968.
Bernard Nadel, 81, a retired New York State Supreme Court justice, died Sunday in New York. In a 1975 hearing on a $100 million suit that charged Howard R. Hughes, the reclusive
billionaire, with stock fraud, he issued an order giving Hughes two weeks to prove that he was not dead. Justice Nadel was elected to New York's Supreme Court in 1968 and retired in 1984.