Lord Cowdray, 84, who built Pearson PLC into a diversified...


January 22, 1995

Lord Cowdray, 84, who built Pearson PLC into a diversified conglomerate with major media holdings, died Thursday in London of bronchial pneumonia. He was chairman of Pearson from 1954 to 1977, during which the company acquired The Financial Times and the publishers Penguin, Longman and Viking Press.

Edward Hidalgo, 82, a lawyer and career Navy officer who was Navy secretary in the Carter administration, died yesterday of a heart attack in in Fairfax, Va. He lived in McLean, Va., and began his career in 1942 as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He held various posts in the Navy, including special assistant to secretaries in 1945 and 1965. He also was an assistant secretary from 1977 to 1979. President Carter named him Secretary of the Navy in 1979, and he stayed through 1981, when he left to resume practicing international corporate law. He had been a partner in the Washington law firm of Cahill, Gordon and Reindel, in charge of their European office, from 1966 to 1972. He was born in Mexico City and had lived in the United States since childhood.

Hans P. Nordheimer, 88, a retired international trade executive, died Thursday in Escondido, Calif. He, lived in San Diego County. He was a vice president of H.A. Astlett & Co. of New York and later was president of Fastnet Inc., a former American subsidiary of Consolidated Goldfields Ltd. of London.

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