* Abigail Adams Eliot, a social worker who became a...


November 04, 1992

* Abigail Adams Eliot, a social worker who became a nationally known authority on early childhood education, died of a heart attack Thursday at the New England Deaconess Home, a nursing home in Concord, Mass. She had celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 9. Dr. Eliot became active in the field after World War I, when the first few nursery schools with child study centers were set up in the United States. After enrolling in the early 1920s at the Rachel MacMillan School and Training Center in London, one of the few schools that then trained nursery school teachers, Dr. Eliot returned to the United States, and she and Elizabeth W. Pearson, a Boston philanthropist, founded the Ruggles Street Nursery School in the Roxbury section of Boston. It taught children and also provided teacher-training in early childhood education. In later years Dr. Eliot's institution evolved, becoming successively the Ruggles Street Nursery School and Training Center and the Nursery Training School of Boston. She was its director from 1922 until she retired in 1952.

* Everett "Jake" Jacobs, 68, a veteran Los Angeles radio and TV newsman, died Thursday of cancer. He joined KNX radio in 1963 and later worked for the West Coast bureau of CBS. He joined KNXT-TV in 1969, returning to the radio station in 1973. He retired from KNX in 1989.

* John T. Hughes, 64, an expert in photographic intelligence who briefed the nation in a 1963 broadcast about the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba, died of a cerebral hemorrhage last Tuesday. Mr. Hughes retired in 1984 as deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Over the years he briefed Presidents Kennedy, Ford, Carter and Reagan on aerial intelligence photographs of Soviet military installations and other sensitive matters. In October 1962, as special assistant to the agency's director, Mr. Hughes used photographs taken from a U-2 spy plane to determine the Soviets were placing nuclear missiles in Cuba. The Cuban missile crisis ended with an agreement by the Soviets to remove the weapons.

* Ted Thomas, 88, a Broadway and Hollywood producer, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home in Van Nuys, Calif. Mr. Thomas, whose name was originally Theodore Hertzl Thomashefsky, was the youngest son of Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, pioneers of American Yiddish theater. He began his career at age 19 as assistant stage manager for Max Reinhardt's production of "The Miracle." He moved to California in the late 1930s as Paul Muni's personal producer. He became a story editor and screen-test director for several motion-picture studios and also wrote for television.

* Karl W. Deutsch, an author and former director of the International Institute of Comparative Research in Berlin, died Sunday of cancer at age 80. Mr. Deutsch was a former professor of international peace at Harvard University. An authority on international organizations, he also previously taught at Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He wrote the books "Arms Control and the Atlantic Alliance," "Nationalism and Its Alternatives" and "Politics and Government: How People Decide Their Fate." Mr. Deutsch was a fellow of the Carter Center in Atlanta, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He won honors including West Germany's Decorated Grand Cross of Merit, the Sudeten German Prize of Culture and the Prix de Tailloires.

* John C. Kingery, 82, an Alzheimer's patient whose daughter was arrested after he was abandoned at an Idaho racetrack in March, died Monday. He was removed from an Oregon nursing home and left at the Coeur d'Alene dog track with a note taped to his wheelchair that identified him as John King. The labels had been cut from his clothing, and a bag of diapers was next to his chair. His children recognized him from news accounts and brought him to Morgantown to live near them in May. Sue Gifford, a daughter by another marriage, was charged with kidnap ping Mr. Kingery and was arrested in June. She pleaded innocent to charges of second-degree kidnapping and perjury, and her trial is scheduled for Nov. 17.

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