Roberto Sanchez Vilella,84, the former governor who helped...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 27, 1997

Roberto Sanchez Vilella,84, the former governor who helped transform Puerto Rico from a poor agricultural society to one of industry and commerce, died Tuesday of liver cancer in San Juan. He was Puerto Rico's second elected governor, serving from 1965 to 1969.

Mr. Sanchez was remembered for promoting Puerto Rico as a world contender in baseball, among other sports. His support was critical in having Puerto Rico send a team to the 1948 Olympic Games in London.

L. Stacey Weaver,92, a longtime educator and the first president of Methodist College in North Carolina, died Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla.

He was president of the school from 1957 to 1973, where he oversaw the expansion of a campus of 50 students to 1,200.

Richard F. Marsh,58, a veterinary researcher who warned years ago of possible epidemics of "mad cow disease," died Sunday in Middleton, Wis., after a fight with cancer.

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