Haji Mohammad Alam Channa, once named the world's tallest...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

July 04, 1998

Haji Mohammad Alam Channa, once named the world's tallest living man in the Guinness Book of World Records, died from kidney disease Thursday in Westchester County, N.Y. He was 42.

Mr. Channa, a farmer from the Pakistani village of Shawan, had been sick for two years and was hospitalized last month.

At 7 feet 7.25 inches, Mr. Channa was listed as the world's tallest living man in the 1997 Guinness book, slightly taller than Washington Wizards basketball player Gheorghe Muresan.

David Duval Thomas,85, a principal architect of the country's air traffic control and safety system, died June 17 in northern Virginia. A pilot for more than 30 years, he retired in 1970 as deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. For much of his career, he oversaw the nation's network of civilian air traffic control centers and its conversion to modern technology.

Tom Cookson,86, husband of novelist Catherine Cookson, died Sunday in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England -- days after the death of his wife, whom he encouraged to write, comforted in grief at childlessness and, finally, nursed. The cause of death was not announced.

Catherine Kennedy,51, an Englishwoman who founded Connecticut's first nursing home for AIDS patients, after nearly a decade of work on the project, died June 23 of pancreatic cancer in New Haven, Conn.

Amalia Ruggieri Barone,113, Connecticut's oldest resident, died June 26 in her sleep in New Haven, Conn.

Oliver E. Treyz,80, who transformed a floundering ABC into a viable network challenger in his tumultuous stint as president from 1956 to 1962, died June 14 in Englewood, N.J., of kidney failure.

Pub Date: 7/04/98

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