Gabriel Celaya, 80, the Spanish post-Civil War poet who became a leader of literary protest against the right-wing dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco, died Thursday of cardiac arrest in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Celaya worked as an industrial engineer in his family business before publishing his first book of poems in 1935, "Tide of Silence." His most widely known poem, "Poetry is a Weapon Loaded with the Future," was a rallying call and inspiration for other poets. He published more than 50 books, including "Attempts" in 1947, "The Cards Upside Down" in 1951 and "Resistance of Diamonds" in 1958.
Sergio Peresson, 78, the violin-maker whose instruments have been ranked among the world's best, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Haddonfield, N.J. Mr. Peresson, a native of Italy, emigrated to Venezuela after World War II and repaired violins for the Venezuelan Symphony. In the early 1960s, he moved to the United States. While repairing violins, he also began creating instruments. By 1982, Mr. Peresson stopped taking new orders for his instruments because he couldn't meet the demand.
Thomas A. Connolly, 91, retired archbishop who headed the Seattle Archdiocese and was the oldest Roman Catholic bishop in the United States, died Thursday in Seattle. Mr. Connolly, who was a leader of the Seattle Archdiocese from 1948 to 1975, was known as an outspoken advocate of civil rights and as a "brick and mortar" bishop who oversaw construction of more than 350 churches, schools, rectories, convents, parish halls and religious education centers. During his administration, 43 new Catholic parishes were established in the Northwest.