Dr. Robert J. Huebner,84, who discovered that viruses play...

Deaths Elsewhere

September 07, 1998

Dr. Robert J. Huebner,84, who discovered that viruses play a role in causing certain cancers, died in Coatesville, Pa., Aug. 26 of pneumonia after a 16-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Huebner spent nearly two decades as chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

He is credited with stimulating cancer research in the late 1960s and 1970s with his prediction that viruses would be linked to certain cancers in humans -- a belief contrary to medical wisdom at the time. He theorized that a contributing factor in cancer was a gene he named the oncogene.

Within 15 years, his predictions were confirmed and the oncogene found.

He received the Presidential National Medal of Science, one of medicine's highest honors, and the Rockefeller Public Service Award.

Inge Aicher-Scholl,81, a champion of nonviolence whose siblings were murdered by the Nazis in 1943, died Friday at her home in southern Germany of complications from cancer.

A tireless teacher and spokeswoman against violence, she wrote several books on an anti-Nazi student group in Munich known as White Rose, which was led by her brother and sister, Hans and Sophie Scholl. She gained notoriety in the 1980s through her work in the peace movement, resisting the stationing of U.S. nuclear missiles in Germany.

Walter L. Morgan,100, father of an early mutual fund that prospered through tough times to spawn the Vanguard family of funds, died of pneumonia Wednesday in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Albert Johnson,92, a former member of the House of Representatives, died Tuesday in Smethport, Pa. A Republican, he served under four presidents and was known for playing the mandolin on the presidential yacht and on the floor of the House.

Roger Dancz,67, who developed the University of Georgia's Redcoat Band into a 300-member corps that performed shows featuring intricate marching formations and colorful costumes, died Tuesday in Atlanta after a brief illness.

Amory H. Bradford,85, a former vice president and general manager of the New York Times who was the chief negotiator for the Publishers Association in the bruising 114-day New York newspaper strike in 1962 and 1963, died Saturday at his home in Edisto Beach, S.C.

Eloise Spaeth,96, an art collector who helped persuade the Smithsonian Institution to establish a bureau for the Archives of American Art, died Aug. 31 at her home in East Hampton, N.Y.

Pub Date: 9/07/98

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