Fred Fortess, a developer of Fortrel polyester and holder...

Deaths elsewhere

January 10, 1991

Fred Fortess, a developer of Fortrel polyester and holder of 40 patents, died Saturday in Philadelphia. Mr. Fortess, who was 77, worked on development of man-made rubber and easy-care and flame-retardant fabrics. He worked for 31 years for Celanese Corp., where he received patents for new fibers and dyeing and finishing processes.

Marko Nikezic, a liberal Serbian leader stripped of power in 1972 by Communist ruler Josip Broz Tito, died at 69 of cancer Sunday in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Mr. Nikezic was Yugoslavia's foreign minister from 1965 to 1968 after serving as ambassador to several countries, including the United States. In 1972, Tito removed him as Serbia's Communist Party president because of his liberal policies.

Merid Beyene, the refugee grandson of the late Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, died Dec. 31 at a London hospital. He survived a chaotic childhood that included the death of his parents and internment in Italy. He returned to his homeland but, after his grandfather's overthrow in 1974 in a Soviet-backed coup, became an expatriate in England, living modestly in London. He was 60 years old.

Chen Zhifang, a former Chinese ambassador to half a dozen nations and director of China's College of Diplomacy, died Dec. 25 in Beijing. He was 84. Mr. Chen was an envoy to Syria, Iraq, Uganda, Switzerland and Vietnam. He directed the state College of Diplomacy from 1962 to 1964. Mr. Chen joined the Communist Party in 1927. He fought in the Red Army against Japanese troops who invaded China during World War II and, later, against the Nationalist Chinese in China's civil war.

William B. Crawford, an attorney who began his career helping to convict gangster Al Capone, died at age 82 Monday in Waukegan, Ill. Mr. Crawford graduated at the top of his class from the University of Chicago Law School. At age 23, he became the youngest federal prosecutor in the country when he went to work as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He was assigned to the team of prosecutors and federal agents who put together the case that resulted in the successful prosecution of Capone for income tax fraud. Mr. Crawford went on to work in the Cook County state's attorney's office, leading the prosecution of several organized crime figures.

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