Ricardo Arnoldo Ramirez de Leon,67, a former leftist...

Death Elsewhere

September 16, 1998

Ricardo Arnoldo Ramirez de Leon,67, a former leftist guerrilla commander who signed peace accords with the Guatemalan government in 1996, died of a heart attack Friday in Guatemala City. Widely known by his nom de guerre, Rolando Moran, he had been a top commander in the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit.

Henry Spira,71, the driving force behind one of America's first successful campaigns to curb the use of animals in medical testing, died Saturday in New York from cancer of the esophagus.

Yang Shangkun,91, a former general-turned-president who helped modernize China's army and then sent it against student-led protesters in 1989, died Monday in Beijing.

Johnny Adams,66, a New Orleans-born rhythm and blues singer with an international following, died of cancer Monday in Baton ,, Rouge, La. Dubbed the "Tan Canary" by a local disc jockey, he began singing with neighborhood gospel quartets in the 1940s.

Dane Clark,85, an actor whose career on stage, film and television spanned more than 50 years, died Friday in Los Angeles. His movies include "Destination Tokyo," "Pride of the Marines," "Hollywood Canteen," "A Stolen Life" and "Without Honor."

Fredrick H. Korth,89, a lawyer and banker who served as secretary of the Navy during the Kennedy Administration, died Monday in El Paso, Texas.

Bob Dixon,87, a radio announcer who personified the Wild West as Sheriff Bob Dixon on television shows in the 1950s, died Aug. 22 in Bethel, Conn. He was the host of "The Chuck Wagon" on WCBS-TV in New York and "The Chuck Wagon Playhouse" on the CBS network.

Antonio Nunez Jimenez,75, who fought alongside Che Guevara and held top positions in the Cuban government, died Sunday in Havana, Cuban radio reported yesterday. No cause of death was announced.

Georges Meyer,67, a textile engineer who built Galeries Lafayette into France's largest retail chain, died in Paris Friday of myeloma, a cancer affecting bone marrow.

Marco Rizo,78, the Cuban-born orchestrator and pianist for the "I Love Lucy" television show, died of a heart attack Sept. 8 in New York. He recorded about 30 albums during a career that focused on classical, Afro-Cuban and jazz music.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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