Paul Touvier, 81, the only Frenchman convicted of World...


July 18, 1996

Paul Touvier, 81, the only Frenchman convicted of World War II crimes against humanity, died yesterday in a prison hospital near Paris after serving two years for the reprisal executions of seven Jews. Mr. Touvier, who ordered the 1944 executions to avenge the assassination of the Vichy propaganda chief, had prostate cancer. He spent much of his life on the run, sheltered by elements in the Roman Catholic Church. Twice convicted in absentia for treason, he was pardoned by President Georges Pompidou in 1971 at the behest of Catholic officials. French Resistance groups and Jewish survivors objected and came forward with evidence to bring new charges. Mr. Touvier was head of the Lyon-area militia for the Vichy regime, which collaborated with the Nazi occupation of France.

John Panozzo, 47, co-founder and drummer of the rock group Styx, was found dead Tuesday of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage in Chicago. Mr. Panozzo, his brother Chuck and vocalist-keyboard player Dennis DeYoung formed Styx in the late 1960s and rode a wave of success that included four consecutive triple-platinum albums from 1977 to 1980. The band's biggest successes came with such songs as "Babe," "Come Sail Away" and "Renegade."

Richard Long, 46, mountain bike promoter and co-founder of GT Bicycles Inc., was killed Friday when his motorcycle crashed into a truck in Santa Ana, Calif. He turned his Anaheim, Calif., bicycle shop into a manufacturing and distribution giant. The 500-employee company, founded in 1979, is one of the biggest sellers of adult mountain bikes.

Eddy Lawrence Manson, 77, the harmonica artist who composed music for television and films, died Friday of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles. He was known for playing the lilting "Moon River" melody on the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" album.

Paul A. Schaefer, 87, an ardent conservationist who played an influential role in the preservation of the Adirondack wilderness, died Sunday while recovering from knee surgery in Niskayuna, N.Y. His work was instrumental in the development of the 6-million-acre Adirondack State Park.

Pub Date: 7/18/96


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