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.