Junius Richard Jayewardene,90, a former Sri Lankan...


November 02, 1996

Junius Richard Jayewardene,90, a former Sri Lankan president, died of colon cancer yesterday, outlived by a civil war that started during his presidency and still rages 13 years later.

Elected prime minister in 1977, Jayewardene rewrote the country's constitution and became Sri Lanka's first president with true executive powers in 1978. He was re-elected for another six-year term in 1982.

Critics said his indecisiveness and failure to quickly crush an uprising by Sri Lanka's Tamil minority fueled a 1983 insurrection that still continues, and that has claimed 47,000 lives.

Sri Lanka's largely Hindu Tamil complain of discrimination by the predominantly Buddhist Sinhalese majority. The Tamil rebels are fighting for an independent homeland in the north and east.

William Rosenwald,93, who gave and raised millions of dollars in a life dominated by philanthropy, died Thursday in New York. Rosenwald held business interests at various times in the American Securities Corp., an investment bank; Western Union International; and Ametek, a maker of precision instruments and small electric motors. During the 1930s, Rosenwald worked to save as many people as he could from the impending Holocaust and led a family effort to rescue relatives in Europe. By 1948, the NTC endeavor had succeeded in bringing 300 of them to the United States and had assumed responsibility for another 300 still in Europe.

When Israel was founded in 1948, Rosenwald was in the forefront of efforts to support the immigration of thousands of European refugees to the Jewish homeland.

His father, Julius, was a chairman and builder of Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Pub Date: 11/02/96

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