Motoo Kimura, a Japanese geneticist who caused an...


November 15, 1994

Motoo Kimura, a Japanese geneticist who caused an international stir by challenging Darwin's theory of evolution, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Sunday, his 70th birthday.

His most influential work was in the areas of population genetics and evolution at the molecular level. In his 1968 "Neutral Theory of Genetic Evolution," Mr. Kimura said the evolution of genes had little to do with Darwin's theory of natural selection, which called for the most fit to survive, and more to do with random mutations.

Vladimir Ivashko, 62, who had been a top aide to then-Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and head of Ukraine's Communist Party, died yesterday after a long illness, Ukrainian state television reported.

In 1990, Mr. Gorbachev called Mr. Ivashko to Moscow as deputy secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He favored democratic changes in the party and did not join with the plotters of the August 1991 hard-line coup, which briefly ousted Mr. Gorbachev. He lost his job, however, in the collapse of communism that followed.

Dr. Lucy Shields Morgan, 93, a groundbreaking educator in public health and an adviser to the World Health Organization, died Friday in Asheville, N.C.

Marion Knappenberger Bolin, 75, widow of former Arizona Gov. Wesley Bolin, died Friday in Phoenix. Her husband, a Democrat, was appointed governor in 1977 after Raul Castro resigned to become ambassador to Argentina. After Mr. Bolin's 1978 death of a heart attack, Mrs. Bolin briefly considered, but abandoned, a run for governor.

Harold B. Finch Jr., 67, chairman and chief executive officer of Nash Finch Co., one of the nation's largest wholesale grocers, was killed in a traffic accident Saturday in Bloomington, Minn.

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