Heiner Mueller, 66, the enfant terrible of the stage under...


January 03, 1996

Heiner Mueller, 66, the enfant terrible of the stage under communism in East Germany and one of Europe's best-known playwrights, died Saturday of cancer in Berlin. His death was announced by the Berliner Ensemble, a theater founded by Bertolt Brecht in East Berlin after World War II that Mr. Mueller took over as artistic director in 1992. His early plays celebrated East German socialism, but he was banned after later works blamed communism for oppression, violence and anguish. Among his most popular plays was "Germania Death in Berlin," which dealt with the building of the Berlin Wall and a failed 1953 workers' uprising in East Germany. Mr. Mueller recently directed his "Hamlet Machine" in Berlin and Richard Wagner's "Tristan HTC und Isolde" at the 1993 Bayreuth Festival.

Raymond Moses Owen Jr., 86, the former director of a Greenwich, Conn., art and natural history museum, died Dec. 26 in New York. From 1966 to 1979, Mr. Owen was the director of the Bruce Museum, which includes a marine center featuring animals of the Long Island Sound. He was the son of Raymond Moses Owen Sr., an automobile pioneer who developed the Owen Magnetic, and Jessie Carson Owen, a descendant of the Western explorer and Indian scout Kit Carson. Mr. Owen worked closely with Indian tribes, and made his office a minimuseum of American Indian drums, statues, pottery and rugs.

Jerry S. Cohen, 70, a Washington lawyer and author whose prominent cases made him one of the deans of class-action litigation in America, died of a heart attack Dec. 26 in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was on vacation. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Mr. Cohen was an assistant attorney general in Michigan, chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and the co-author of two books about corporate abuse of power. He represented Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers for 14 years and broke legal ground by establishing that sexual harassment in the workplace is a violation of civil rights laws. Mr. Cohen also was involved in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case and represented thousands of people affected by the 1984 leak of a toxic chemical in Bhopal, India.

Rebecca Drucker Bernstien, 105, a journalist, critic and feminist who was a fixture in New York City literary circles from 1910 to 1950, died of heart failure on Dec. 28. She emigrated to New

York City from Russia when she was 3 and grew up on Manhattan's Lower East Side and in Brooklyn. She was closely associated with a group of artists and writers who rose to prominence before World War II, including those of the Algonquin

Round Table.

Barbara Yuncker, 74, a prize-winning science reporter for The New York Post and a longtime leader of the Newspaper Guild, died Monday of breast cancer. She had homes in New York City and Canaan, N.Y. She was twice winner of the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for science writing: in 1966, for a series on the birth control pill, and in 1968, for a series on the human brain. In 1979, she won a Matrix leadership award from Women in Communications. In her career at the Post, from 1945 to 1986, she also won local Newspaper Guild Page One and New York Newswomen's Club awards.

Howard C. Petersen, 85, whose expertise in international economics landed him posts in the Truman and Kennedy administrations, died of a heart attack Thursday in suburban Philadelphia. During President Harry S. Truman's administration, he was assistant secretary of war from 1945 to 1947. Despite being a Republican, he was named special assistant to President John F. Kennedy for international trade policy in 1961 and 1962.

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