Olga Zhondetskaya, an 82-year-old Russian emigre whose...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

August 12, 1993

Olga Zhondetskaya, an 82-year-old Russian emigre whose dream of becoming a U.S. citizen inspired congressional intervention, died of lung cancer in Portland, Maine, on Friday, just three days after her dying wish was fulfilled. She was sworn in as a U.S. citizen at her hospital room after President Clinton signed a bill that was rushed through Congress. She wasn't allowed entry to the United States until 1988 and feared she wouldn't live long enough to become eligible for citizenship in December.

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