Hazel R. Parcells, 106, a nutritionist who survived a case...


January 17, 1996

Hazel R. Parcells, 106, a nutritionist who survived a case of tuberculosis contracted during World War I and went on to lecture about good health and long life, died Sunday in Sapello, N.M.

Doctors told Ms. Parcells in the late 1920s that there was nothing more they could do about her tuberculosis, "and I believed them," she once recalled. She brought herself back to health by self-taught methods of natural healing.

In 1950, she established Sierra States University, a nutrition school in Los Angeles. The school closed in the 1960s. She moved to Albuquerque, N.M., in 1970 and created the Parcells System of Scientific Living. Last year, she founded the Parcells Center in Santa Fe, N.M., as an educational outlet.

Her autobiographical nutrition book, co-written with Joseph Dispenza, is to be published this year.

William P. Tavoulareas, 75, the former Mobil Corp. president who was involved in a highly publicized libel suit against the Washington Post, died Saturday of a stroke in Boca Raton, Fla. He sued the Post for a Nov. 1, 1979, front-page article that said he had set up his son, Peter, then 24, as a partner in a shipping firm with a multimillion-dollar management services contract with Mobil. Although he initially won a $2 million jury verdict against the newspaper, it was overturned by an appeals court. In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the appeals court's decision.

Sidney Ratner, 87, a professor emeritus at Rutgers University who specialized in economic history, died Jan. 9 at the Princeton Medical Center in Princeton, N.J. He was the author of many books, including "Taxation and Democracy in America" and "The Tariff in American History." He was also a co-author of "The Evolution of the American Economy." Aside from American business history, he had a wide range of interests, including the history of the Supreme Court and John Dewey, the philosopher and educator.

Edwin Schoenleb, 88, a former editor and writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, died Monday in Akron, Ohio. He joined the Beacon Journal staff in 1942. He retired as news editor in 1972, when he was 65, but continued as the newspaper's travel writer until 1991, when he retired again.

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