Arthur S. Flemming,91, a Republican who had been an aide...


September 10, 1996

Arthur S. Flemming,91, a Republican who had been an aide to every president from Franklin Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan and was known for his thoughtful approaches to such key social issues as welfare, Medicare and integration, died Saturday in Washington of congestive heart failure.

His government service included positions as secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1958 until 1961, head of the U.S. Commission on Aging from 1973 to 1978, and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1974 until 1982, when Reagan fired him after Flemming's six-member panel issued a report harshly critical of the administration's record on desegregation.

Mr. Flemming, who later lent his name and considerable prestige to the Save Our Security Coalition, a group of more than 100 organizations that sought to protect Social Security, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1994.

Augustine "Og" Mandino,72, author of "The Greatest Salesman in the World" and other motivational books, died Sept. 3 in Antrim, N.H. He wrote "Greatest Salesman" in 1968. Other books rTC included "A Better Way to Live" and "Secrets for Success and Happiness."

Michael Davidow,83, an American Communist journalist, died Wednesday, the Russian Communist Party said. Davidow, who had lived in Moscow for 13 years, was a correspondent for People's Weekly World, an American Communist Party newspaper.

Nathan Safir,83, who developed the nation's first full-time Spanish-language radio and television stations in San Antonio, died of diabetes there Saturday. Fifty years ago, he founded KCOR-AM and helped develop KCOR-TV in San Antonio. He served on the board of directors for Spanish broadcast group Tichenor Media Systems Inc., which owns KCOR-AM, and was general manager of KCOR-AM until retiring in 1990.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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