Katherine Oettinger,94, an expert on raising retarded...

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October 22, 1997

Katherine Oettinger,94, an expert on raising retarded children and a member of four presidential administrations, died Oct. 3 in Carmel, Calif.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed her as chief of the Children's Bureau in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1957.

When the bureau was abolished in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson named her deputy assistant secretary for family planning and population.

She retired from the government in 1970, when the Nixon administration abolished the post, and traveled the world as a population control and family planning expert.

In an era when retarded children were often sent to institutions, she believed that they often could and should be cared for at home.

Russ Heath,71, who developed a way to identify elements through the radioactive waves they emit, died Oct. 15 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, of lung cancer.

Pub Date: 10/22/97

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