Jon Postel, 55, the Internet pioneer who wielded enormous...

Deaths Elsewhere

October 21, 1998

Jon Postel, 55, the Internet pioneer who wielded enormous influence managing technical details of the global computer network, died Friday night in Los Angeles while recovering from surgery to replace a leaking heart valve, said Vint Cerf, a senior vice president for MCI Worldcom Inc., who worked closely with him.

Mr. Postel's death comes at a critical juncture for the Internet, with the federal government in the midst of largely turning over management of the worldwide network to a nonprofit group that he helped organize.

Although he worked behind the scenes and was hardly known outside high-tech circles, his role as director of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority allowed the Internet to match unique numerical addresses for computers on the global network with its millions of Web addresses.

Jacques Abram, 83, a pianist who first performed publicly when he was age 6, died Oct. 6 in Tampa, Fla. The Lufkin, Texas, native performed regularly as a recitalist and concerto soloist in New York in the 1940s and 1950s.

Arthur I. Bloomfield, 84, an author, educator and specialist in international trade and finance, died Oct. 6 of degenerative neurological disease in Bethesda.

Bloomfield wrote many books on economics, including "Capital Imports and the U.S. Balance of Payments," "Monetary Policy Under the International Gold Standards, 1830-1914" and "Essays in the History of International Trade Theory."

Walter G. E. Heiden, 77, a civic activist whose large petition drive in 1973 led to passage of probate reform in Wisconsin, died of cancer Thursday in Milwaukee.

The veteran of submarine service in World War II collected 350,000 signatures on the petition to change state law so that wills could go through probate court without the need to hire a lawyer.

The effort helped change the law and led the CBS news program "60 Minutes" to profile Mr. Heiden.

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Pub Date: 10/21/98

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