Frederic Spiegelberg, 97, a pioneer in comparative...


November 20, 1994

Frederic Spiegelberg, 97, a pioneer in comparative religious studies, died Nov. 10 in San Francisco. He lectured on the religions of India, the psychology of Buddhism and the common ground shared by the world's religions as a faculty member of Stanford University from 1941 until he retired in 1963 from its Department of Asiatic and Slavic Studies. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he studied with theologians Rudolf Otto and Paul Tillich, philosopher Martin Heidegger and psychologist Carl Jung. In 1937, Mr. Tillich helped Mr. Spiegelberg and his wife escape Nazi Germany. He gained public attention in 1949 when he returned from India and Tibet to share the centuries-old predictions of a Buddhist philosopher named Nagarjuna.

Sir Patrick Dean, 85, Britain's ambassador to the United States from 1965 to 1969 and its representative at the United Nations from 1960 to 1964, died in London Nov. 5. He was ambassador to the United States at a time when President Lyndon Johnson and Prime Minister Harold Wilson were often at odds over the Vietnam War. He retired from the diplomatic service in 1969 and was chairman of the English-Speaking Union, which promotes British-U.S. ties, from 1973 to 1983.

Robert M. Miner, 52, who co-founded Oracle Corp. and helped turn it into a leader in database software, died of cancer Nov. 11 in Redwood Shores, Calif.

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