* Barbara Kauder Cohen, 60, author of more than 30 books...


December 02, 1992

* Barbara Kauder Cohen, 60, author of more than 30 books for children and young adults, died of cancer Nov. 29 at her home in Bridgewater, N.J. Mrs. Cohen's first book, "The Carp in the Bathtub," was published in 1972 when she was 39. It won acclaim as a modern classic, enough to encourage her to leave her teaching position and devote more of her time to writing. "The Long Way Home" tells of a family coming to terms with cancer. "Molly's Pilgrim" (1983) is the story of a Jewish immigrant girl who enhances the meaning of Thanksgiving for her entire third-grade class; a movie version won an Academy Award in 1986 in the short-subject category. "Canterbury Tales" (1988) re-creates the flavor of the time and the spirit of Chaucer's words for young readers.

* Peter Blume, 86, a Russian immigrant whose dreamlike, obsessively detailed images made him one of this country's best-known painters in the 1930s and '40s, died of a stroke Nov. 30 in New Milford, Conn. Mr. Blume was a masterful draftsman and a skillful builder of pictorial compositions, with a penchant for epic narratives and humanist themes. His artistic style was a curious hybrid of American and European traditions that combined such disparate influences as folk art and precisianism with aspects of Parisian purism and cubism and, later, surrealism.

* Sir Sidney Nolan, 75, one of Australia's best-known and most influential postwar artists, died of a heart attack Nov. 27 in London. His most famous series of paintings, which he began in the late 1940s and returned to in the mid-1950s, narrated the adventures of Ned Kelly, a 19th-century Australian outlaw.

* Ralph J. Baldasaro, 67, retired chief executive officer of the New York-New England Apple Institute and former chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture, died Saturday at home. He headed the apple promotion and marketing institute for 25 years before his retirement in 1991. The creator of the McIntosh Country campaign, he received several agricultural awards, including being named National Appleman of the Year in 1990. He was cited by President Bush for sending 50,000 bushels of apples to the troops in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War. Mr. Baldasaro also served as a trustee for the Massachusetts state college system.

* William Campbell, 62, an internationally recognized research meteorologist best known for helping develop satellite remote-sensing systems to record data on polar-sea ice, died of a heart attack Nov. 20. He directed the Ice and Climate Project of the U.S. Geological Survey at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, where he was a professor in the physics department. An Antarctic peak, Campbell Mountain, is named for Mr. Campbell, who twice trekked across the world's southernmost continent between 1962 and 1964. In 1973, he led a team of 40 American scientists on a six-week mission to forecast polar weather and ice conditions in cooperation with Soviet scientists in the Bering Sea. He was awarded the U.S.S.R. Arctic Medal in 1974, and in 1982 was awarded the U.S. Antarctic Medal.

* Dr. Sidney Seymour Lee, 70, former general director of Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and chief executive officer of Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, died of heart failure Sunday. A retired professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School, he held four degrees from Yale.

* Blanchette Ferry Hooker Rockefeller, 83, a former Museum of Modern Art president and a globe-trotting business ally of her late husband, John D. Rockefeller III, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease complicated by pneumonia. Mrs. Rockefeller, whose children include Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., was a civic leader and promoter of the arts and education. She hobnobbed with world leaders while supporting her husband's career; took care of their four children; and found her own niche at MOMA, the Manhattan museum founded by her mother-in-law, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Her philanthropist husband, the least public of the five grandsons of the oil magnate who founded the family dynasty, died in a car accident in 1978.

* Frank J. Wiechec, 82, who helped start a physical therapy department at the Mayo Clinic before becoming a trainer for the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, died Saturday. He founded the Mayo Clinic's physical therapy department with Dr. Frank Krusen. His patients included Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. He was trainer of the Phillies from 1948 to 1962 and was with the Eagles from 1949 to 1957. After retiring from the Phillies, he became an instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, then headed the physical therapy department at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

* Ancher Nelsen 88, a former U.S. congressman, died Monday in a nursing home of complications from a stroke suffered two years ago. He seved as state senator from 1935 until 1948, was lieutenant gorvernor fro 1952 until 1954, and was elected to Congress from the 2nd District of south-central Minnesota in 1958 and served until 1974.

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