Gilbert Bourdin, 72, a cult leader and self-proclaimed...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 21, 1998

Gilbert Bourdin, 72, a cult leader and self-proclaimed messiah who said he shielded the world from extraterrestrial invasions, died Wednesday March 18 of diabetes and Parkinson's disease in Paris. Bourdin, who founded the Mandarom cult in 1969, at times referred to himself as the "Cosmic Christ" and at others as "Hamsah Manara," which means "god among men" in Sanskrit.

Esther Bubley, 76, a documentary photographer noted for her sober, no-frills portrayal of post-World War II middle America, died Monday March 16 of cancer in New York. She studied painting and photography at the Minneapolis School of Art and in 1942 became a microfilmer of rare books at the National Archives in Washington.

Ruth Easton, a Broadway actress in the 1920s and 1930s, died Monday March 16 in St. Paul. Her age was unavailable. She worked in radio dramas, including "The Rudy Vallee Hour" and "The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour."

Homer Garrott, 83, a retired municipal court judge who became the first black California Highway Patrol officer 56 years ago, died Saturday March 14 of complications from a stroke in Los Angeles. He was 83. Garrott became an officer in 1942 and remained the only black officer on the force for 13 years. He was assigned to motorcycle duty for most of his 22 years with the patrol.

Nena Manach Goodman, 88, an artist, patron of the arts and philanthropist, died Thursday in Port Chester, N.Y. Mrs. Goodman was the widow of Andrew Goodman, former owner and chairman of Bergdorf Goodman.

Dalton V. Walker, 91, former state legislator and editor and publisher of the Sheridan Headlight for 35 years, died Tuesday of a stroke in Sheridan, Ark. Walker served two terms as a state representative beginning in 1937. He was Sheridan's mayor from 1977 to 1988.

The Rev. Wilson Weldon, a longtime United Methodist minister who once edited a popular devotional publication, died Sunday of cancer in Greensboro, N.C., on his 87th birthday. In the 1960s, he was named world editor of "The Upper Room," a devotional guide.

Former Judge Elreta Alexander-Ralston, 78, one of the first black women elected to the bench in the United States, died March 14 in Greensboro, N.C., after a long illness.

Abdul-Rahman al-Iryani, 89, president of northern Yemen from 1967 to 1974, died March 14 in exile in Syria.

Pub Date: 3/21/98

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