* Robert Zeppa, 68, a surgeon who developed a life-saving...


September 06, 1993

* Robert Zeppa, 68, a surgeon who developed a life-saving operation for cirrhosis patients, died on Thursday in Miami of a pulmonary embolism. He was president of the American Surgical Association in 1990-91, chairman of the American Board of Surgeons in 1982-84 and the recipient of a distinguished service award from the American College of Surgeons in 1990. In the late 1960s, he and Dr. Dean Warren developed the distal splenorenal shunt as a treatment for cirrhosis. The operation diverted blood from a damaged liver to avoid potentially deadly bleeding from that organ. Surgeons from around the world came to learn the procedure as it became a standard treatment.

* Baltasar Lobo, 83, Spanish-born sculptor and friend of the late Pablo Picasso, died in Paris Friday. He settled in 1939 in the Montparnasse district, a favorite haunt for the painters and sculptors of the time. His works were exhibited in some of the top galleries in Paris alongside those of Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Leger and Maurice Utrillo. His sculptures are now on display in museums in France, Spain and Venezuela.

* Elizabeth Corning, 81, a nationally known horticulturist and the widow of longtime Albany Mayor Erasmus Corning II, died of emphysema Sept. 3 in Albany, N.Y. She served two terms as president of the National Garden Club of America. During her tenure, she supported a National Audubon Society program to rescue the leopard from extinction. She was also credited with discovering a rare type of clematis, later named Clematis Betty Corning.

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