Jean-Pierre Bosze, a 13-year-old leukemia victim whose...

Deaths elsewhere

November 21, 1990

Jean-Pierre Bosze, a 13-year-old leukemia victim whose father sought unsuccessfully to have the boy's twin half siblings tested as potential bone marrow donors, died Monday in Chicago. The boy's father, Tamas Bosze, had sought a court ruling to force Nancy Curran, his former girlfriend and the mother of his 3-year-old twin son and daughter, to have the children tested as possible donors of potentially life-saving bone marrow. Ms. Curran opposed the testing, saying it could be painful and risky. The Supreme Court in September affirmed a lower court's ruling in her favor.

David Lloyd Kreeger, 81, former chairman of Geico Insurance Co. and longtime patron of the arts in the Washington area, died of cancer at his home in Washington Sunday. He was a private lawyer, with Geico as a client, when he formed a group to buy shares in the insurer in 1948. In 1957, Mr. Kreeger gave up his law practice to become a Geico vice president. He was chairman and chief executive from 1970 until his retirement in 1974. Mr. Kreeger served as president of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1970 to 1978 and gave his name to three buildings financed with the help of his donations at area cultural institutions -- the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage, the Kreeger Music Building at American University and the Kreeger Auditorium at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He was president and chairman of the Corcoran for 20 years.

Robert Hofstadter, 75, who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1961 for determining the precise size and shape of the particles that make up the nucleus of the atom, died of heart failure Saturday in Stanford, Calif. He had taught at Stanford University from 1950 to 1985 and was director of the university's High Energy Physics Laboratory from 1967 to 1974. He was honored by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for determining the size and shape of the proton and the neutron. He shared the Nobel with Rudolf Mossbauer of Germany.

Sheldon Cooper, a prominent lawyer who advised three generations of publishers and once served as chairman of the board of directors of the Chronicle Publishing Co., died yesterday in San Francisco after a short illness. Mr. Cooper, 86, who earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, joined his father's law firm in 1930 after graduating from Harvard Law School. As a senior partner in the firm, Cooper, White and Cooper, he served for years as general counsel to Chronicle Publishing, which is the parent company of the San Francisco Chronicle, KRON-TV in San Francisco and other media properties. He served as a director of a number of major companies, including Continental Airlines, Hibernia Bank, Pacific Lighting, Allied Properties and California-Western States Life Insurance Co.

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