Lord Harold Lever, 81, a senior Cabinet minister in Britain's last Labor governments, died yesterday in London. In the pro-European wing of his party, he was closely associated with the efforts by then-Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan to solve Britain's economic problems. In 1967, he became financial secretary to the Treasury, struggling to keep government spending under control after a devaluation of the pound. When Labor returned to power in 1974, he gained a reputation as the minister who best understood the needs of business, but was criticized by left-wingers as lacking a commitment to socialism.
Arno Werner, 96,a German-born bookbinder credited with keeping the craft alive in the United States, died July 28 at his home in Hadlyme, Conn. His work, often executed in painstakingly hand-tooled morocco leather, was marked by a sturdy yet elegant simplicity. Until 1982, he was chief bookbinder for rare editions at Harvard's Houghton Library.