Dr. Ernst Wynder,77, who co-wrote a landmark 1950 study...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 17, 1999

Dr. Ernst Wynder,77, who co-wrote a landmark 1950 study linking cigarettes and cancer, died Wednesday of thyroid cancer in New York. His 1950 article in the Journal of American Medicine, co-written with Dr. Evarts Graham, studied 680 cancer cases linked to smoking. The American Medical Association called the report "landmark research." In 1969, he founded the American Health Foundation and its Valhalla research center, which issued yearly report cards on the health of the nation's children. In 1976, he started Preventive Medicine, a journal on cancer research.

George E. Brown Jr.,79, the oldest member of the House of Representatives, died in Washington early yesterday after a lengthy treatment for an infection. The Californian, serving his 18th term, was the senior Democrat on the House Science Committee. He represented the state's 42nd District, which includes San Bernardino and other towns east of Los Angeles. He was elected in 1962 after working 17 years for the city of Los Angeles.

Elected to Congress in 1962, Mr. Brown quickly became a foe of the war in Vietnam. In 1970, he gave up a safe seat in the House to run for the Senate but was defeated in a primary by Sen. John Tunney. Two years later, he won his former seat. In recent elections, Republicans made him a target for defeat but were not able to dislodge him.

Ruth Davidow,87, one of the few women who served with the Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s, died June 28 in San Francisco. She was a member of the medical team in the battalion, a volunteer group of foreigners who fought for leftist forces that lost to the rebel fascist army.

Benjamin J. Gingiss,88, who founded a tuxedo shop in Chicago that grew into a national chain, died in his hometown July 10 of cancer. Mr. Gingiss and his brothers opened a store in downtown Chicago in 1936. The shop became a franchise, Gingiss Formalwear, with about 300 locations.

Everett Greenbaum,79, who collaborated with fellow writer Jim Fritzell on the 1950s television sitcom "Mr. Peepers" and other series including "The Andy Griffith Show" and "M*A*S*H," died Sunday in Los Angeles of brain cancer. He and Mr. Fritzell earned a Peabody Award, four Emmy nominations, three Writers Guild comedy awards and the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award.


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