Giancarlo Pajetta, 79, a leader of the anti-Fascist resistance in World World II and longtime Communist Party official, died Wednesday at his home in Rome. The Turin-born Mr. Pajetta was known as the "red youth" for his early political leanings. At the age of 14, he was arrested and sent to reform school for distributing anti-Fascist literature. He was imprisoned for 10 years during the war and upon release in 1943 took up the fight against occupying German troops. He served as a Communist Party deputy in Parliament from 1946 until his death and was one of the party's foreign affairs specialists.
Robert L. Nikirk, 51, librarian of the Grolier Club in New York for the past two decades and a specialist in antiquarian books, died Sept. 5 of an AIDS-related pneumonia in a New York hospital. He was involved in preparing exhibitions, lectures and publications for the century-old research library and gathering place for those interested in the history and collecting of books and manuscripts.
Dr. Roger Garlock Barker, 87, a founder of environmental psychology, a branch that focuses on the way social and physical environments influence behavior, died Monday at his home in Oskaloosa, Kan. He taught at the University of Iowa, Harvard University, the University of Illinois, Clark University and Stanford before joining the faculty of the University of Kansas, where he was chairman of the psychology department. He retired in 1971.
Thomas J. Reynolds, 78, professor emeritus of economics at Rutgers University, died Monday in Newtown, Pa.
Athene Seyler, 101, a popular British actress who specialized in satirical comedy and was a Commander of the British Empire, died Tuesday at her home in the Hammersmith section of London. On the London stage, she played Rosalind in "As You Like It" in 1920, Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1924 and 1933, the heroine's mother in "Watch on the Rhine" in 1942, the hero's sister in "Harvey" in 1949 and the nurse in "Romeo and Juliet" in 1952. Among her 31 film roles were a nurturing aunt in "Quiet Wedding" (1941), the proprietor of a gambling house in "The Beggar's Opera" (1953), a missionary in "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" (1958) and a sly landlady in "Make Mine Mink" (1960). Her other films included "The Citadel" (1938), "Nicholas Nickleby" (1947), "The Pickwick Papers" (1954) and the 1958 version of "A Tale of Two Cities."
Dr. Michael G. Cooke, 56, a professor of English at Yale University and an authority on the English Romantic Movement and African and Caribbean literature, died Tuesday in New Haven, Conn., as a result of injuries from an automobile accident. He was a driving force behind the creation of an international alliance of literary scholars, the Common Wealth of Letters. He was also a strong proponent of improved secondary education in the United States and was recently appointed to the New York State Task Force on Curriculum Revision, which is seeking to have the contributions of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean reflected in history courses. He was the author of "Afro-American Literature in the 20th Century: The Achievement of Intimacy," "The Romantic Will" and "The Blind Man Traces the Circle: On the Patterns and Philosophy of Byron's Poetry."