The Rev. Ralph N. Mould, 83, a Presbyterian minister and peace advocate, died of kidney failure Wednesday at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn., where he lived. He began his career as a pastor in Loma, Colo., then moved to Pennsylvania, where he led a succession of churches, in Garland, Irwin, Erie, and Germantown, where he was pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church. In 1946, he joined the board of Christian education of the Presbyterian Church as director of children's education. He remained with the board until 1965, when he was named secretary general of the World Council of Christian Education in Geneva, where he continued to work until he retired in 1973. Mr. Mould negotiated the merger of the World Council of Christian Education with the World Council of Churches. From 1976 on, he was a member of board of the Coalition for Nuclear Arms Control. A conscientious objector during World War II, he was active in the causes of peace, disarmament and international understanding throughout his life.
James Van Alen, 88, who helped modernize tennis with his invention of the tie-breaker, died Wednesday after falling off a terrace at his home in Newport, R.I. His vision was impaired, and he apparently didn't see the 3-foot drop off the terrace, relatives said. Mr. Van Alen, who founded the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport in 1954, was a familiar and flamboyant figure in the sport. His most famous innovation was the tie-breaker, which was designed to speed up the game. The tie-breaker was part of a comprehensive new scoring system Mr. Van Alen introduced in 1958.
Irina Nijinska, 77, a dance promoter who brought to the modern stage the ballet masterpieces of her famous choreographer mother, Bronislava Nijinska, died Tuesday in Los Angeles about a month after having a stroke. In the months before her death, Ms. Nijinska logged thousands of miles of travel promoting the works of her mother, considered by dance critics to be among the top choreographers of the 20th century. She also was the niece of Vaslav Nijinsky, the iconoclastic Russian dancer whose choreography for "The Rite of Spring" sparked a riot at its Paris debut in 1913.
Sir Bernard Waley-Cohen, 77, a British businessman who helped the development of modern Israel and was lord mayor of London for a term, died Wednesday at his home in the Somerset village of Simonsbath, England. The family did not release the cause of death. He had a varied career in companies connected with merchant banking, real estate development and farming. He was a director of the Palestine Corp., founded in 1922 by British businessmen to encourage the economic development in that Middle Eastern nation, much of which became Israel. In 1960, he was elected the 633rd lord mayor of London by the aldermen of The City, London, financial district.
William Blake, 80, former newspaper publisher, broadcaster and West Virginia National Guard chief died Wednesday at his Fairlea, W.Va., home after a short illness. Mr. Blake was manager of Ronceverte radio station WRON and vice chairman of the state Republican Executive Committee when he was appointed adjutant general of the state's National Guard in 1957, a job he held until 1960. In late 1959, several days after Mr. Blake criticized an editorial in the Charleston Gazette, a National Guard tank appeared in front of the newspaper's headquarters and pointed its cannon at the editorial offices. "It was a joke, obviously," Gazette Editor Don Marsh said Thursday. Mr. Marsh, a reporter at the time, said Mr. Blake would wink when he denied having anything to do with the tank's presence at the newspaper building. Mr. Blake became publisher of the Kanawha Valley Leader in Nitro in 1965.
Irving Barshop, 76, an administrator for an agency of Jewish philanthropies, died of colon cancer Thursday at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. He lived in Manhattan. From 1955 to 1978, when he retired, he was assistant director of the Federation Employment and Guidance Service, a division of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.
Warner Alden Morse, 53, a professor in the department of philosophy at the University of Kansas in Lawrence for 25 years, died Monday of complications after surgery for cancer at St. Francis Medical Center in Topeka. He lived in Lawrence, Kan. Dr. Morse joined the university in 1966 and at his death was director of undergraduate studies for the department of philosophy. He had been faculty adviser to Amnesty International.
Robert M. Bock, 67, a molecular biologist and former graduate school dean at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, died Tuesday of injuries suffered after falling in a pond while clearing weeds at his property in rural Wisconsin. He conducted basic studies that helped to decipher the genetic code. While he was dean of the graduate school from 1967 to 1989, the university's research programs grew to nearly a $300-million-a-year enterprise.
Chiang Hsiao-wu, a son of the late President Chiang Ching-kuo and former head of Taiwan's diplomatic missions in Singapore ++ and Japan, died of heart failure Monday at age 46 in Taipei.