Thomas Whiteside,79, a writer who made a career of...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

October 13, 1997

Thomas Whiteside,79, a writer who made a career of tackling extraordinarily complex topics -- from toxic chemicals to media conglomeration -- for the New Yorker, died of heart failure Friday at his home in West Cornwall, Conn.

In 1970, his series on Agent Orange led to Senate hearings on the dangers of the substance, said Sen. Philip Hart, a Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Environment, who convened them.

By the end of the hearings, the U.S. surgeon general had announced restrictions on use of the herbicide. Shortly afterward, the Defense Department stopped using it in Vietnam.

Dr. Bernard Altshuler,78, a mathematician who helped lay the ground-work for understanding how the lung is damaged by polluting particles and carcinogens, died of heart disease Oct. 4 at his country home in Hillsdale, N.Y. He also lived in New York City.

Work by Dr. Altshuler, a professor at the Institute for Environmental Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, helps environmental scientists determine how much of an airborne pollutant stays in the lungs after it is inhaled and how to predict the incidence of lung cancer after a particular level of exposure to a carcinogen. That research began in the 1950s and continued into the '70s.

Robert H. O'Brien,93, who ran the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio during six years of big hits and uneven profitability, died Monday. During his reign from 1963 to 1969, the studio produced such landmarks as "Doctor Zhivago" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Marjorie Harris Carr,82, a conservationist who dedicated three decades of her life to restoration of the Oklawaha River, died Friday in Gainesville, Fla. She marshaled an environmental movement in the 1960s to kill a barge canal across Florida.

Wes Gallagher,86, a tough former World War II correspondent who led the Associated Press through America's turbulent 1960s and into the electronic era of high-speed news, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Jane Warner Dick,91, an early social-welfare advocate who later served on a United Nations panel, died Sept. 29 at her home in Lake Forest, Ill. She was active in Democratic politics in Illinois, where she was an early supporter of Adlai Stevenson. In 1961, she was appointed the U.S. representative to the Social Commission of the U.N. Economic and Social Council by President John F. Kennedy.

David Gill,69, who with his partner, Kevin Brownlow, restored many classic films of the silent era, died of a heart attack Sept. 28 at his home in Huntington in Cambridgeshire, England.

Pub Date: 10/13/97

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