Louise Bates Ames,88, founder of the Gesell Institute of...

Deaths Elsewhere

November 04, 1996

Louise Bates Ames,88, founder of the Gesell Institute of Human Development and a pioneer in child development studies, died Thursday of thyroid cancer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her research showed that children go through "phases" of development and that the age of a child can be characterized by his or her temperament.

At the Yale University Clinic of Child Development, Ames became a research assistant to Dr. Arnold Gesell and did thesis work on stages of crawling in infants.

She founded the Gesell Institute of Human Development in 1950 with Dr. Frances Ilg and Dr. Janet Rodell.

Michael Burnett,67, a veteran con man who served as an informant on municipal corruption in New York and Chicago, died Thursday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, where he was serving a life sentence. The cause was not immediately determined.

The Parking Violations Bureau scandal in New York that resulted from his information led to the 1980 suicide of one politician and the imprisonment of another.

Pub Date: 11/04/96

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