Shulamith Katznelson,80, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 08, 1999

Shulamith Katznelson,80, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who brought Arabs and Jews together through language study, died Friday at her home in the coastal town of Netanya, Israel.

At Ulpan Akiva, a language school she founded in Netanya in 1951, she taught Hebrew to Arabs and Arabic to Jews in hopes of fostering understanding. Arabs and Jews would often room together to help break down the barriers. Some 80,000 people from 148 countries have studied at the ulpan in the past five decades, among them ambassadors, Israeli army officers and Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Harley R. Bierce,58, who shared in a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 at the Indianapolis Star for a series exposing police corruption, died Tuesday while on a mountain climbing trip in Colorado. He was a founding member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

David William "D. W." Brooks,97, founder of farming cooperative and poultry-processing giant Gold Kist Inc., died Thursday in Atlanta. He also served as an adviser to seven presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Jimmy Carter.

B. K. Roberts,92, a former Florida Supreme Court chief justice, died Wednesday in Tallahassee. He served 27 years on the state's highest court, including three terms as chief justice. He also spent 14 years as chairman of the Judicial Council, taking leadership roles in creating Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission, the public defender system and the law school at Florida State University.

David J. Seligson,92, a nationally known Reform rabbi who held the pulpit at Central Synagogue in Manhattan for two decades, died Tuesday in New York. He led a memorial service after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy which was broadcast on network television. He was regularly heard on radio as the host of the syndicated "Message from Israel" program.

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