Masaru Ibuka,89, who guided Sony Corp.'s rise from a...

Deaths Elsewhere

December 22, 1997

Masaru Ibuka,89, who guided Sony Corp.'s rise from a humble radio shop to a world electronics leader and helped change global perceptions of Japanese manufacturers, died of heart failure Friday.

Mr. Ibuka, called "genius inventor" in college, began producing radio parts after he started a repair shop in a bombed-out JTC building in Tokyo in 1945. The shop, which employed Akio Morita and 20 others, became Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp., Sony's former name.

In the early 1950s, Sony bought the rights to an American invention called the transistor, and soon demonstrated the Japanese aptitude for creating revolutionary products from existing technology. Sony began a product line that made commonplace something many consumers had never imagined owning -- cordless radios so small they fit in a pocket.

Anthony T. Ulasewicz,79, the "bagman" whose deadpan accounts of delivering money to buy the silence of Watergate conspirators fascinated and delighted Senate investigators, died Wednesday at a hospital in Glens Falls, N.Y.

Mr. Ulasewicz, a retired New York City police detective, said he had friends in the Nixon administration and was recruited by Herbert Kalmbach, President Richard M. Nixon's personal lawyer, for the delicate mission of delivering more than $200,000 for defendants in the foiled 1972 break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee.

Virginia Coigney,80, mother of folk singer Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, died Thursday in Redding, Conn. Ms. Travers said much of her social awareness came from her mother, who took part in civil rights protests. Mrs. Coigney wrote scripts for radio and television, and several books.

Pub Date: 12/22/97

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