Ron Ridenhour,52, an infantryman turned journalist who...

DEATHS Elsewhere

May 12, 1998

Ron Ridenhour,52, an infantryman turned journalist who seared the world's conscience with the first public account of the slaughter of 500 Vietnamese villagers at My Lai, died of a heart attack Sunday while playing handball in suburban New Orleans.

Mr. Ridenhour was a door gunner on an observation helicopter that flew over the village a few days after the killings in March 1968. Three months after he returned home in December 1968, he typed up what he had learned in a three-page, single-spaced letter and sent off 30 copies to Arizona's congressional delegation and other federal officials.

Jose Francisco Pena Gomez,61, an advocate for the poor whose oratory incited an uprising that led to a U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965, died of cancer Sunday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Paul G. Hearne,48, a Washington lawyer involved in virtually every national organization devoted to the disabled, died May 3 in New York of complications from pneumonia.

John Peter,81, an art director whose poster of a blue rooster with fluttering Allied flags inspired war-weary Parisians after the Liberation of Paris in 1944, died May 1 in Philadelphia on a business trip.

Bernard Zuger,92, a pediatrician and psychiatrist who studied effeminate behavior in boys in the 1950s, died in New York on April 19 after suffering a stroke two days earlier. His studies concluded that effeminacy was a precursor to homosexuality in males and that homosexuality had a biological basis. He advised doctors not to blame parents for a son's sexual orientation or to try to change it.

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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