Eva Bertrand Adams, a gold miner's daughter who presided...

Deaths elsewhere

August 28, 1991

Eva Bertrand Adams, a gold miner's daughter who presided over the U.S. Mint for eight years, died at age 80 Friday at a hospital in Reno, Nev. Miss Adams was born in Wonder, Nev., a gold-mining town that died

when the gold ran out. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, a master's degree in English from Columbia University, and a bachelor of laws degree and doctor of laws degree from George Washington University. She became a member of the bar in her home state and in the District of Columbia, as well as of the Supreme Court bar. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy named her director of the Mint. During her tenure, Miss Adams authorized and supervised the construction of a new mint in Philadelphia and the expansion of the Denver Mint. She also battled an acute nationwide coin shortage in the early 1960s.

Niven Busch, a novelist and screenwriter whose movie credits included "The Postman Always Rings Twice," died Sunday in San Francisco at 88. Mr. Busch worked for Time magazine and The New Yorker before moving to Hollywood in 1931, and wrote more than 15 novels, including "Duel in the Sun" and "California Street."

Donald C. Platten, chairman and chief executive of Chemical Bank from 1973 to 1984, died Sunday of lung cancer. He was 72 and lived in Darien, Conn. Chemical Bank was the only place Mr. Platten ever worked, joining Chemical's credit department soon

after he graduated from Princeton in 1940. His salary that first year was $1,300, nearly as much as he made in a single day 35 years later, when he was Chemical's top executive. Chemical nearly tripled its total assets, grew as a diversified financial services organization and assembled New York's second-largest branch network while he was chairman.

Gregorio Selser, the Argentine author of numerous books on contemporary Latin American history, committed suicide yesterday in Mexico City. Mr. Selser had reportedly been suffering from cancer. He was 69. A prominent leftist, Mr. Selser lectured on Latin American history at the University of Mexico, wrote for the liberal Mexico City daily La Jornada and was for several years international editor at the Mexico City daily El Dia. Mr. Selser was one of the first authors to write about the life of Cesar Augusto Sandino, the Nicaraguan general who fought U.S. Marines to a standstill in the 1930s.

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