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.