Hanns-Joachim Friedrichs, 68, a foreign correspondent and...


March 29, 1995

Hanns-Joachim Friedrichs, 68, a foreign correspondent and television anchorman whose lively reports helped transform German television news, died of cancer yesterday in Hamburg. He anchored ARD's late-evening news program, "Tagesthemen," from 1985 to 1991, helping to transform German television news from the static reading of scripts to an American-style format, featuring live correspondent reports and a more engaged news presentation. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent for ZDF, the other leading German public television network, including two long stints in the United States and covering Vietnam from 1972 to 1973.

The Rev. Juan S. Boonstra, 69, voice of the Spanish-language broadcasts of the Christian Reformed Church, died Thursday in Hebron, Ind. His program, "The Back to God Hour," began 26 years ago.

Simon Casady, 87, a former newspaper publisher who helped push Barry Goldwater into office, died Sunday at his La Jolla, Calif., home. He owned the El Cajon Valley News, which later became the Daily Californian, and published the Arizona Daily Sun and the Phoenix Gazette. During his publishing days in Arizona, he helped steer Mr. Goldwater to the U.S. Senate, despite their political differences. He had his own fleeting, but noteworthy, political career, running unsuccessfully for mayor of San Diego against current California Gov. Pete Wilson.

The Rev. Michael J.Lavelle, 60, president of John Carroll University in Cleveland, died Saturday. He had collapsed with an irregular heartbeat while exercising Feb. 27 and never regained consciousness. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1968 and became John Carroll's 21st president in 1988.

Helen Souter, 87, mother of U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter, died Thursday in Concord, N.H. Justice Souter was her only child. Her husband, Joseph Souter, died in 1982.

Constance Morrow Morgan, 81, sister of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, died of a stroke Saturday in Portland, Ore. The author of "A Distant Moment," a biography of her mother, she sat on the boards of Smith and Reed colleges and other schools. Her sister, Anne, is the widow of aviator Charles Lindbergh. Her late father, Dwight W. Morrow, was ambassador to Mexico under President Calvin Coolidge.

John Christian Wenger, 84, a Mennonite Church bishop and historian who wrote numerous books on theology, died Sunday in Goshen, Ind. He taught history, theology and philosophy at Goshen College and Goshen Biblical Seminary for nearly five decades before retiring in 1985.

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