Peter J. Pitchess, 87, who as Los Angeles County sheriff...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 09, 1999

Peter J. Pitchess, 87, who as Los Angeles County sheriff for 23 years transformed the largest U.S. sheriff's department from a rustic cowboy agency into a modern professional law enforcement organ- ization, died Sunday at his home in Newport Beach, Calif.

Gary Blonston, 56, chief of the Knight Ridder Washington news bureau and a veteran reporter and editor, died Sunday of cancer in Washington. He was a principal writer on two Pulitzer Prize-winning projects: the Detroit Free Press coverage of the 1967 Detroit riots and the San Jose Mercury News' reporting of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Giulio Einaudi, 87, an Italian publisher and author, died Monday in Rome. He founded the publishing firm that bears his name in 1933 and made it into an important force in Italy's intellectual life.

Gennady Karpenko, 49, a prominent Belarussian opposition leader, died Tuesday of a stroke in Minsk, Belarus. He was vice speaker of Belarus' popularly elected parliament before President Alexander Lukashenko disbanded it in 1996 and replaced it with a body of his supporters.

Pub Date: 4/09/99

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