Giovanni Michelucci, 99, who was considered the father of modern Italian architecture, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Rome. Mr. Michelucci came to fame in 1933 when the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini chose his "rationalist" design for the Florence train station. The architect was still working shortly before his death. His design was chosen for the renovation of Florence's Uffizi Gallery.
Edmond Jabes, 78, the Egyptian-born Jewish writer known for his meditations on exile and Judaism, died of heart failure Dec. 26 in Paris. He recently finished a manuscript titled "Le Livre de l'Hospitalite" (The Book of Hospitality), to be released by his longtime publisher Gallimard in April. Winner of the National Grand Prize for Poetry in 1987, Mr. Jabes wrote many books of poetry and essays including "Le Livre des Questions," (The Book of Questions), an anthology of philosophical musings.
Sir David Piper, 72, an internationally known art historian and museum director, died of heart failure Saturday at his home in Wytham near Oxford, Englund. Mr. Piper had emphysema. From 1964 to 1985, he directed three of Britain's finest museums -- the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Ashmolean in Oxford and the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge. He had spent an 18-year apprenticeship at the portrait gallery before becoming its director.
Daithi O Conaill, 53, reputed chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army in the 1970s, died Tuesday at his Dublin home. Mr. O Conaill was twice jailed for IRA membership in Dublin, but also played an active political role, being involved in talks with Protestant churchmen that led to a short-lived cease-fire in 1975. Soon after the July 1982 IRA bombings that killed 11 soldiers in London, he spoke at a rally in Monaghan and threatened more bombs in Britain. He quit the Provisional Sinn Fein movement four years ago when the organization dropped its traditional opposition to participating in elections. He and other dissidents formed the tiny Republican Sinn Fein group.
Glennis Yeager, 66, whose name graced the rocket plane in which her test pilot husband, Chuck Yeager, broke the sound barrier 43 years ago over Southern California's Antelope Valley, died Dec. 22 at the hospital at Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, Calif., after a six-year battle with ovarian cancer. She and her husband of 45 years lived in Grass Valley, where she grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills northeast of Sacramento. Mrs. Yeager followed her husband to the Antelope Valley in 1947 after he was named the top test pilot for the Bell X-1 rocket plane, on which he painted the name "Glamorous Glennis." The Antelope Valley and Edwards, then called Muroc, Air Base, did not impress Mrs. Yeager. "A garden spot it definitely wasn't," she is quoted as saying in her husband's 1985 autobiography, "Yeager." "The wind never stopped howling. The desolation took your breath away." Mrs. Yeager also wrote birth-control pamphlets for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Pakistan while her husband was a defense representative at the U.S. Embassy there, according to his autobiography.
Irving McClure Johnson, 85, a yachtsman whose 60 years of nautical adventures aboard the schooner Yankee were chronicled in books and television films, died yesterday of complications of Parkinson's disease at a nursing home in Hadley, Mass. Mr. Johnson, a retired captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, owned a 92-foot schooner, a 96-foot brigantine and a 50-foot steel-hulled ketch. Beginning in 1933, he made three round-the-world cruises aboard the schooner and from 1947 to 1958 he made four more aboard the brigantine. He made films of his voyages and described them in words and pictures to audiences in the United States and Canada.