Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez, 91, an outspoken defender...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 11, 1999

Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez, 91, an outspoken defender of human rights during Chile's military dictatorship, died Friday in Santiago, Chile. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

The cardinal's defense of human rights made the church a prominent opponent of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's military regime, which seized power in 1973 and ruled until 1990.

Helen Aberson Mayer, 91, who wrote the children's story that inspired the 1941 Walt Disney cartoon "Dumbo," died April 3 at her Manhattan home. Disney used Miss Aberson's tale of a flying elephant to create one of the most easily recognizable cartoon characters and stories in animation history.

Aaron Tolen, 61, who served as president of the World Council of Churches from 1991 until last year, died in Geneva Wednesday of a stroke. He was a member of an ecumenical team that traveled to South Africa in 1993 to monitor the run-up to the country's first all-race democratic elections. He also led delegations to Burundi and Congo.

Ira J. Hechler, 80, a financier and private investor known for friendly buyouts amid the hostile takeovers that dominated the 1980s, died April 4 of complications from a heart attack in New York. He was involved in the acquisition of more than 25 firms, including U.S. Banknote, the Leslie Fay Companies, Big Bear Stores and book publishers New American Library and E.P. Dutton.

Pub Date: 4/11/99

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