Jean MacArthur, 101, wife of the late Gen. Douglas...

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January 23, 2000

Jean MacArthur, 101, wife of the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who won admirers around the world with her vibrancy and charm, died yesterday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, said Col. William Davis, director of the MacArthur Foundation in Norfolk, Va.

She was at the general's side in war and peace. Near his death in 1964, Gen. MacArthur described her as "my constant friend, sweetheart and devoted supporter."

She had remained active in theater, opera, civic and philanthropic pursuits and served as honorary chairman of the Norfolk, Va., foundation created as a memorial to her husband.

"Jean MacArthur has witnessed the great cataclysms of our time, survived war and peace, conquered tragedy and known triumph," President Ronald Reagan said in awarding her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988.

She traveled widely after college and was on her way to China when she met General MacArthur aboard ship in 1935. They were married in a quiet ceremony in New York on April 30, 1937. It was his second marriage, her first. Thereafter, it often was noted the general greeted his wife with great affection, no matter who was present.

Rabbi Sholom Klass, 86, a Torah scholar noted for his knowledge of the 60 tracts of the Talmud and the longtime publisher of the Jewish Press, died Monday in New York. For more than 40 years, he wrote a column on Jewish law in the Press, which bills itself as the largest independent Anglo-Jewish weekly newspaper in the world.

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