Joyce Chen, 76, who introduced much of America to Mandarin...


August 26, 1994

Joyce Chen, 76, who introduced much of America to Mandarin Chinese food through her restaurants, cookbook and TV show, died Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease in Lexington, Mass. Born in Beijing, she fled the Communist regime with her husband and children in 1949 and settled in Cambridge, Mass. In 1958 she opened the first Mandarin Chinese restaurant in New England.

Harold Edward Montgomey, 52, a country music performer and father of country music star John Michael Montgomery, died of cancer Tuesday in Lancaster, Ky.

Richard Pranke, 83, an FBI agent who raided the hide-outs of well-known 1930s gangsters such as Doc Barker and Alvin Karpis, died of a stroke Monday in St. Paul, Minn. His cases ranged from bank robberies, kidnappings and homicides to national defense cases during World War II, when he helped apprehend 30 Nazi spies.

Leo Lerman, 80, an editor, writer and critic who worked for Conde Nast magazines for more than 50 years, died Monday in New York. He became well-noted at Conde Nast for his ability to spot trends and topical subjects. He also was famous for the salon at his Manhattan apartment, where he welcomed artists and entertainers. His books include "Leonardo da Vinci: Artist and Scientist," "Michelangelo: A Renaissance Profile" and "The Museum: 100 Years and the Metropolitan Museum of Art."

Rikki Streicher, 68, a pioneer in San Francisco's gay civil rights movement and owner of one of the city's most famous lesbian bars, died Sunday of cancer. In 1966, she opened Maud's, which was believed to have been the country's oldest continuously operating lesbian bar when it closed in 1989. It was the subject of an acclaimed 1993 documentary, "Last Call At Maud's," that highlighted its role in the fight for civil rights for homosexuals.

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