Bernard Castro, 87, who invented the Castro Convertible...


August 27, 1991

Bernard Castro, 87, who invented the Castro Convertible sofa bed, died in his sleep Saturday in Ocala, Fla. An immigrant from Italy, Mr. Castro invented the famous convertible sofa bed in 1945. Today, Castro Convertibles has 48 stores.

Alexandre Hay, who oversaw a massive expansion in operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross as its president, died in Geneva Friday at the age of 71. Under Mr. Hay, president of the humanitarian body from 1976 to 1987, the ICRC tripled the number of employees and quintupled its budget to $164 million.

Donald Robinson, who wrote on health care for Reader's Digest, Parade and other national publications, died of cancer Saturday in Philadelphia. He was 77. Mr. Robinson, a former president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, wrote eight books, including "The Day I was Proudest to be an American" and "The Miracle Finders."

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