Crowning touch Opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti made a trip...

PEOPLE AND PLACES

June 25, 1993

Crowning touch Opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti made a trip to a Newark, N.J., hospital Wednesday, but he wasn't worried about his health. He helped dedicate a $25 million hospital wing named in his honor.

The Luciano Pavarotti Pavilion at Columbus Hospital features surgical services and maternal-child health units. The Italian star, who is preparing for a concert in New York's Central Park this weekend, performed a benefit concert for the hospital in 1981.

Medicine's origins are all Greek to him

Greece granted citizenship yesterday to Dr. Christiaan N. Barnard, the South African surgeon who performed the world's first human heart transplant. South Africans can hold dual citizenship, and it was not clear whether Dr. Barnard would move to Greece.

"Since I took the Hippocratic Oath as a physician in South Africa, I have felt a strong and wonderful feeling of attraction to the country where Hippocrates was born," Dr. Barnard, 70, wrote in May in a request for citizenship.

NB Hippocrates, who lived from about 460 B.C. to 370 B.C., is rec

ognized as the father of medicine.

Vanderbilt gift is a Shore thing

Singer Dinah Shore has endowed a scholarship at Vanderbilt University, her alma mater. The amount was not disclosed, but Ann Marie Deer Owens, spokeswoman for the Nashville university, said the minimum required for an endowment is $250,000.

Ms. Shore, a native of Winchester, Tenn., grew up in Nashville.

Not on stage, just on trial

* A Philadelphia judge has cleared Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris, 19, of charges that he pummeled a friend in an argument over a book the friend wrote. Earl Pittman, 22, had accused the Grammy-winning singer of punching him in December.

* Soul singer Wilson Pickett's trial on charges of threatening the mayor of Englewood, N.J., due to begin this week, has been postponed so the defendant can go to trial Monday in another case. He faces charges in Hackensack of striking an 85-year-old man while driving his sports-utility van in April 1992. A judge set July 7 as the new date for trial on charges Mr. Pickett drove across Englewood Mayor Donald Aronson's lawn in May 1991 and shouted death threats.

* In Paris, Guillaume Depardieu, the 22-year-old son of film actor Gerard Depardieu, has gone on trial with six others on charges of selling heroin.

JFK wanted post sister now has

Jean Kennedy Smith presented her credentials yesterday as the new U.S. ambassador to Ireland and said the job in Dublin was one her brother, the late President John F. Kennedy, wanted after leaving the White House. She noted that she accompanied him on a visit to his ancestral homeland.

"He considered that visit in 1963 to be one of the happiest occasions of his presidency and it was one of the most moving experiences of my life," Mrs. Kennedy Smith, 65, told reporters.

Birthdays

Broadway producer George Abbott is 106. Movie director Sidney Lumet is 69. Actress June Lockhart is 68. Basketball hall-of-famer Willis Reed is 51. Singer Carly Simon is 48. TV personality Phyllis George is 44. Rock singer George Michael is 30.

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