* Anwar al-Khatib, 76, a Palestinian who served as...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

February 12, 1993

* Anwar al-Khatib, 76, a Palestinian who served as governor of Jerusalem under Jordanian rule, died of a heart attack Sunday in Jerusalem. He was an adviser to the Jordanian-Palestinian delegation to U.S.-backed peace talks in 1991. When Israel seized east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war, he was Jerusalem's governor.

* William Cleator, who as acting mayor created a minor scandal by touching Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to San Diego in 1983, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 65.

* Dr. Joseph P. Donnelly, 86, a former medical director of the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City, N.J., and past president of New Jersey Blue Shield, died Tuesday at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. His family said his death followed a long illness.

* Paifong Robert Cheng, 93, a former foreign service officer of the Nationalist Chinese government, died on Friday at his home in Queens, New York City. The cause was pancreatic cancer, his family said.

* Howard Osborne, 47, a former sales executive in the fashion industry, died Sunday at the Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., where he lived. His family said he had been ill for a long time. He was the national sales director for Carolyn Roehm Co. from 1990 to 1992. Before that he worked in sales for Geoffrey Beene, Akira Fashions, Hanae Mori U.S.A. and Oscar de la Renta Neckwear. He was a native of Concord, Calif.

* Kate Wilkinson, 76, an actress who appeared in the theater and on television, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. The cause was bone cancer, said her son, Jeffrey, of Brookline, Mass. She appeared in many plays, both in New York and in regional theaters. Most recently she was seen Off Broadway as Clairee in "Steel Magnolias," first at the WPA Theater and then at the Lucille Lortel Theater. She was born in San Francisco and majored in music and drama at San Jose State College in California. She moved to New York in the 1930s. In 1959, she played the lead in a production of "La Madre," a drama about the 16th-century nun who became St. Teresa of Avila. She also appeared on television in shows including "Studio One," "Omnibus" and "The Guiding Light." In 1987, she co-starred with Anne Pitoniak in "A Mistaken Charity" for public television's "American Playhouse" series.

* Dr. Ora Smith, 92, for many years the world's leading expert on potatoes, died on Feb. 4 at a nursing home in Ithaca, N.Y. His family said the cause was pneumonia. His technical innovations helped to make possible the mass production of potato chips and frozen french fries, which then gained wide popularity as snack foods. He was an emeritus professor of vegetable crops at Cornell University and was fondly known on campus as Mr. Potato. Experimenting in a modest basement laboratory, he researched improvements in the growing, storage and processing of potatoes. His findings helped to improve quality and to reduce waste and costs.

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