* Johan Jorgen Holst, 56, the Norwegian foreign minister...


January 14, 1994

* Johan Jorgen Holst, 56, the Norwegian foreign minister who led secret talks that forged the Israel-PLO peace accord and who pledged to pursue peace "as long as there is life in me," died yesterday in Oslo, Norway, after a stroke. He was discovered dead in his hospital bed after suffering his second stroke in two months. He had been foreign minister less than 10 months. Israeli and PLO leaders mourned his death and praised his contribution to their historic agreement for limited Palestinian self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho area of the West Bank. The accord was signed Sept. 13, but the Israeli withdrawal has been delayed by disputes over control of borders and security of Jewish settlers. "The moment he entered the peace process, it was in the center of his life until his last breath," Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said of Mr. Holst's role in bringing the sides together. "The entire nation of Israel bows its head to the memory of this man." PLO leader Yasser Arafat called Mr. Holst "a great peacemaker who engraved the name of Norway in the book of world peace."

* Dr. Jeanne Shirley Mintz, 71, an authority on Indonesia and an Asian affairs specialist in the Defense Department, died on Jan. 11 at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. At the time of her death, the Washington resident was assistant deputy for Asia, Middle East and Southern Hemisphere affairs in the department's Economic Security Directorate. She had worked at the Pentagon for 20 years and was appointed to her current post in 1986. During World War II, she worked in New York as a political and economic analyst for the government-in-exile of the Dutch East Indies. When Indonesia gained its independence, she became the spokeswoman for its delegation at the United Nations, serving until 1951.

* Doris Cross, 88, a New York-born artist who became part of the abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s, died Monday in Santa Fe, N.M., after suffering a stroke. She began her career in the 1930s as a student at the Arts Student League. Her work was shown in the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum and New York galleries.

* Agnes Smith Parrish, 87, a children's author whose book "An Edge of the Forest" won an American Library Association award, died Tuesday in Worthington, W.Va. "An Edge of the Forest," published in 1959, won the library association's Aurianne Award for best children's book on animal life. He other books include "The Bluegreen Tree" and "Speaking as a Writer."

* Mark Ross Locher, 37, national communications director for the Screen Actors Guild, died Friday of AIDS at Hollywood Community Hospital in Hollywood. The Hollywood native was named national communications director in 1985. He established the Screen Actors Guild Archives, a repository of photographs, papers and videotapes documenting the union's history.

* Lt. Gen. Charles B. Duff, 85, an anti-aircraft specialist who was once responsible for the Army air defenses of New York City, died Monday of a respiratory infection at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from West Point in 1931 and commanded artillery units in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he served in Washington on the War Department's general staff, with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

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