Virgilio Barco, 75, who led Colombia through one of its most difficult periods of drug violence as president from 1986 to 1990, extraditing top traffickers to the United States, died Tuesday. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease. During his presidency, he authorized the extradition of leading drug traffickers, unleashing a war of terror by drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Dorothy Olding, 87, a literary agent for J. D. Salinger and a guardian of his privacy, died May 14 in New York. She also represented Pearl S. Buck, Paul Gallico, Ngaio Marsh during a 52-year career with the Harold Ober Associates literary agency in New York. At the request of the reclusive Mr. Salinger, she destroyed 500 letters they had written to each other.