Zhumabek Ibraimov, 50, prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, died...

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April 07, 1999

Zhumabek Ibraimov, 50, prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, died Sunday, weeks after officials in the Central Asian nation said he had fully recovered from an unspecified stomach disease, the Interfax news agency said.

He was appointed in December after President Askar Akayev dismissed the government and accused it of incompetence in dealing with the nation's economic problems.

Kyrgyzstan, a mountainous agricultural republic, has seen little economic development since it gained independence in the 1991 Soviet breakup.

Lucille Lortel, 98, who earned the title "Queen of off-Broadway" for bringing innovative new actors, playwrights and productions to the American stage, died Sunday in New York. Ms. Lortel, whose career in theater spanned more than 70 years, produced or co-produced about 500 plays, five of which were nominated for Tony Awards.

Peter Pellegrino, 82, a pilot and ballooning enthusiast who trained military air traffic controllers during World War II, died March 26 in Newtown, Pa. He played a key role in creating an early national ballooning organization, the Balloon Federation of America. Today, the group is made up of 100 local clubs with more than 4,000 individual members.

David Brooks, 83, an actor, director and producer who starred in the leading role of Tommy Albright in the Broadway musical "Brigadoon," died March 31 in New York.

Corwin Dwight Denney, 77, an aerospace engineer who began by personally flight-testing his own products, died Thursday in Palm Springs, Calif. He began manufacturing aerospace components and flight-test equipment in 1947 when he founded American Helicopter Co., forming the core of what would become his Fortune 500 company, Automation Industries Inc.

Irene Samuel, 84, who fought to reopen Little Rock (Ark.) public schools after they were closed to prevent desegregation, died Saturday in Little Rock. In 1958, Gov. Orval E. Faubus and the Legislature called a special election that closed schools to prevent further desegregation. Ms. Samuel was one of 58 women who formed the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools.

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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