Dr. Hans Kraus,90, a specialist in physical medicine and...


March 08, 1996

Dr. Hans Kraus,90, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation who has been called the father of sports medicine in the United States, died Wednesday at his New York apartment in Manhattan.

Dr. Kraus developed a widely used approach for treating lower back pain, which he used to ease President John F. Kennedy's back problems and those of other well-known patients. He became one of the president's doctors after serving on the President's Council on Physical Fitness during the Eisenhower administration.

He helped establish the presidential council after he completed a 1954 study showing that American schoolchildren were less physically fit than a group of Italian and Austrian children.

Baroness Marie-Helene de Rothschild,65, a glamorous socialite known for her opulent charity benefits and creative theme balls, died March 1 at her home north of Paris. The baroness suffered from an incurable arthritic disease for more than 30 years.

Christian Haren,61, who appeared in print ads as the Marlboro Man and later educated young people about AIDS, died of the disease Feb. 27 in San Francisco. He received a contract with MGM Studios in the mid-1950s and appeared in several films, including "In Harm's Way" with John Wayne.

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