Francis Gherini,84, who won a battle with the federal...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 03, 1999

Francis Gherini,84, who won a battle with the federal government after it seized his Santa Cruz Island ranchland for a park, died Tuesday in Ventura, Calif., of injuries he suffered the previous week when he collapsed and struck his head on a driveway.

He was patriarch of a family that had owned thousands of acres since 1880 on Santa Cruz Island, 20 miles off the Ventura County coast. In 1980, the island was designated to become part of a five-island national park chain.

In the early 1990s, the National Park Service bought out his three siblings. He rejected a $4 million offer for his 6,300 acres, contending it was worth $14 million. He sued after the government condemned and seized the land in 1997, and a federal jury awarded him $12.7 million in February.

Walter S. Salant,87, who as a graduate student in the 1930s and later as a government and private economist helped infuse the revolutionary teachings of John Maynard Keynes into Washington policy deliberations, died Friday at a hospice near his home in Washington.

Sir William Hunter McCrea,94, a British astronomer and mathematician who, as a young researcher, advanced the knowledge of the sun's composition and later set forth theories on the formation of planetary systems and galaxies, died April 25.

Mark D. Weiser,46, a computer scientist and the chief technology officer of Xerox Corp.'s legendary Palo Alto Research Center, died Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif.

He died of liver failure resulting from cancer, his wife, Vicky Reich, said.

In Silicon Valley, the nation's high-technology heartland, Mr. Weiser was viewed as a visionary and computer pioneer, and his ideas have influenced many of the world's best computer scientists.


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