Antonio Ribeiro,69, the Roman Catholic cardinal of Lisbon...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 26, 1998

Antonio Ribeiro,69, the Roman Catholic cardinal of Lisbon, Portugal, died Tuesday of cancer. He became active in movements that sought to adapt the church to modern times after the reforms of Vatican II. He was elevated to cardinal in 1971.

John S. Alessio,87, who built a multimillion-dollar business empire and helped develop safety helmets for jockeys, died Tuesday of cancer in La Jolla, Calif. His holdings over the years included the Hotel del Coronado, Mr. A's restaurant, the Kona Kai Club and insurance, finance and investment companies. As executive director of the Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico, after a jockey died in a fall, he brought in the racetrack's first xTC safety helmet for jockeys. A refined version of his design later became standard safety gear for jockeys worldwide.

Charles Cofer,81, a past chairman of the University of Maryland psychology department who was best known for his studies in the field of human motivation, died March 14 in Albuquerque, N.M. He was editor of the Psychological Review and chief editorial adviser for the American Psychological Association, and wrote more than 125 articles and books.

Joseph F. Duplinsky,79, former chairman and chief executive of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and a pioneer in establishing insurance for hospice care, died Friday while vacationing in Florida.

George Howard,41, a jazz saxophonist known for his fusion style and signature rhythm and blues covers, died of colon cancer Sunday in Atlanta. He rose to prominence in the mid-1980s with his third album, "Dancing in the Sun." His biggest hit was "Shower You With Love," released in 1990.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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