Dante Fascell,81, a Florida Democrat in Congress for 38...

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November 30, 1998

Dante Fascell,81, a Florida Democrat in Congress for 38 years who played a leading role in U.S. foreign policy as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, died Saturday of colon cancer.

He died at home in Clearwater, Fla., said Barbara Burris van Voorst, his press secretary until 1992, when he retired.

"He really cared about people. He had an uncanny ability to cut through a lot of rhetoric and get to the heart of the issue," she said yesterday.

Mr. Fascell's service in Congress spanned the terms of eight presidents, beginning with his election in 1954. He took over chairmanship of the foreign affairs committee in 1984, and held it until his retirement.

In an interview last year with the Associated Press, he said he was particularly proud of his work in the struggle for human rights overseas, especially with the "refuseniks" who were denied permission to leave the former Soviet bloc.

"Ultimately, our human rights effort helped lead to the disintegration of the entire eastern empire," Mr. Fascell said.

Mr. Fascell also shepherded a bill through Congress to get most of the area around the Florida Keys declared a national marine sanctuary, and led an effort to protect the environment of the Everglades.

Gene Moore,88, a window dresser who worked fanciful wonders with shoes and had a whimsical way with diamonds for more than half a century, died Nov. 23 at his home in Manhattan. He was best known for turning Tiffany's five little windows into head-turning attractions.

The man who captivated New York with about 5,000 window displays had a hand in many artistic projects over the years, designing costumes and sets for the Paul Taylor dance company and creating a rage for tiny white Christmas tree lights with series of seasonal displays for the plaza of the Seagram Building.

Pub Date: 11/30/98

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