Edmund Demaitre, 85, a retired political analyst with the Voice of America, died Friday at Georgetown University Hospital of respiratory failure. Mr. Demaitre was born in Hungary and received a law degree from the University of Budapest before beginning a career in journalism. He covered the German occupations of Austria and Czechoslovakia and the Japanese invasion of China for various newspapers before becoming a correspondent in Stockholm, Sweden, for the Daily Express of London in 1940. He went to work for the Voice of America in 1949, specializing in European and Soviet affairs. He retired in 1976 but continued to work for the agency as a contract employee until 1988.
Theodore J. Abraham, 68, an artist whose combat sketches from the Vietnam War are on exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, died Saturday at Mercy Hospital in Port Huron, Mich. Mr. Abraham had Alzheimer's disease. A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Abraham was one of several artists commissioned by the U.S. Army's history department to chronicle the Vietnam War in the late 1960s. Samples of his work have been hanging in the Smithsonian for about 20 years.
Frank X. Friedmann Jr., 50, one of Florida's leading environmental lawyers, died Sunday of cancer in Jacksonville. Mr. Friedmann represented Jacksonville in its court battle to open a huge landfill in southeast Duval County. The landfill was vetoed in February by Gov. Lawton M. Chiles Jr. and the Cabinet, but Mr. Friedmann retained a reputation as one of the state's top environmental lawyers. One of his biggest victories was a case he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Atlantic Coast Line Railway when he was 29.