Jean Childs Young, 61, an educator, civil rights activist...


September 18, 1994

Jean Childs Young, 61, an educator, civil rights activist and wife of former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, died of liver cancer in Atlanta on Friday. She taught school in Connecticut and Georgia before becoming coordinator of elementary and preschool programs with the Atlanta public schools. She also worked with IBM Educational Systems in the development of a multimedia software program called "The Illuminated Books and Manuscripts." During her husband's tenure as mayor from 1982 to 1990, she founded the Mayor's Task Force on Public Education, for which she served seven terms as chairwoman.

Felisa Rincon de Gautier, 97, who championed social causes and served more than two decades as the only woman mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, died of a heart attack and stroke on Friday in San Juan. Known as Dona Fela during her long public career, she worked to gain women in Puerto Rico the right to vote, a goal achieved in 1932. She entered politics that year and fought for child care programs, legal aid for the poor and senior citizens' centers. She participated in Puerto Rico's first pro-independence Congress in 1943, but left the movement and worked for the U.S. Commonwealth constitution enacted in 1952.

Sir Karl Popper, 92, one of the most prominent anti-Marxist voices of the century whose views helped frame the ideals of Britain's conservative government in the 1980s, died yesterday in Croydon, England, of complications of cancer, pneumonia and kidney failure. Much of his work concerned the uncertainty of knowledge. But it was for his views on Marxism and communism that the Austrian-born philosopher was best known. His ideas and those of economists Frederick Hayek and economist Milton Friedman are said to have provided the intellectual framework of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party. His 1945 anti-Marxist "The Open Society and Its Enemies," has been called one of the most influential books of the century.

Cardinal Albert Decourtray, 71, one of the first members of the Roman Catholic clergy to insist the church face up to its checkered role in World War II, died Friday in Lyon, France. He was ordained a priest in 1947, a bishop in 1971 and an archbishop in 1981. Pope John Paul II named him cardinal in 1985. He was known in France for his advocacy of the disadvantaged. But he is perhaps most remembered for his willingness to expose Roman Catholic links to Nazi collaborators in World War II.

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