Arkady Shevchenko,67, a top diplomat from the former...

Death Elsewhere

March 12, 1998

Arkady Shevchenko,67, a top diplomat from the former Soviet Union whose defection 20 years ago created an international sensation, died Feb. 28 in Bethesda from an apparent heart attack.

He was undersecretary general of the United Nations in 1975, when he began working secretly for the CIA. Before taking his U.N. post, he was secretary in Moscow to former Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko.

Considered the CIA's catch of the decade, Mr. Shevchenko defected in April 1978. When he announced he would not go home, former Soviet officials claimed he was being held under duress and tried to get him to return to Moscow.

Karekin II,71, the spiritual leader of Turkey's Armenian Orthodox community, died Tuesday in Istanbul. The 83rd patriarch of Turkey's dwindling Armenian community of about 50,000, he became head of the Armenian Church in 1990.

Charles W. Loomis,76, the third generation of his family to oversee operations of Loomis Armored Car Service, died in Seattle on March 4 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 76.

Ruth F. MacNelly,80, the mother of nationally syndicated cartoonist Jeff MacNelly, died in Richmond, Va., on Monday from complications of a stroke she suffered in 1995.

Ulrich Schamoni,58, an award-winning director who was a pioneer of the new wave of German films of the 1960s and '70s, died Monday in Berlin after a battle with cancer.

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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