Harold H. Greene, 76, judge in AT&T breakup case U.S...

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January 30, 2000

Harold H. Greene, 76, judge in AT&T breakup case

U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene, 76, who oversaw the breakup of AT&T as a jurist and played a key role in shaping two of the nation's landmark civil rights laws as a government attorney, died yesterday in Washington.

Judge Greene, who succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage at his home, spent more than three decades as a judge on District of Columbia and federal courts, presiding over hundreds of cases. But his name is most attached to the 1984 AT&T breakup, the largest antitrust case in U.S. history.

Americans, as a result, now can shop for the best price for long-distance service and buy their own phones instead of renting them forever.

Earlier, as a senior Justice Department attorney, Judge Greene drafted much of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as well as the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Born Heinz Gruenhaus in Frankfurt, Germany, in February 1923, Judge Greene became a U.S. citizen and Americanized his name after his Jewish parents fled Germany in 1939.

Judge Greene is survived by his wife Evelyn, a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Jerry Thompson, 59, an award-winning columnist for the Nashville Tennessean who successfully penetrated the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He helped train a young Vice President Al Gore as a reporter. Mr. Thompson was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work in infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan from 1979-1980 in Birmingham, Alabama, and writing an expose of their activities.

Grace Mitchell, 91, the mother of famed criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey and an educator who received her doctorate at age 70, died Thursday in Delray Beach, Fla.

Howard J. Morgens, 89, who oversaw the market introduction of some of Procter & Gamble Co.'s best-known products such as Pampers diapers and Downy fabric softener during his tenure as the company's chief executive, died Thursday in California.

Bernard "Barney" O. Nietschmann, 58, the University of California geographer who studied and helped native tribes in Nicaragua and elsewhere, died Jan. 22 of esophageal cancer in Berkeley, Calif.

Gad Rausing, 77, the billionaire Swedish industrialist who inherited Tetra Pak, his father's worldwide packaging business, died Friday in Geneva after a brief illness. The Lausanne-based company holds a virtual worldwide monopoly on drinks packages.

George "Sonny" Took The Shield, 53, an Assiniboine Indian leader instrumental in repatriation of his ancestors' remains held by the Smithsonian Institution, died Wednesday of cancer in Fort Belknap, Mont.

Michael Webster, 60, an executive who created Disney's television animation division and oversaw the production of programs from "New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" to "Darkwing Duck," died Jan. 15 in Seattle from complications of pneumonia.

Francis Haskell, 71, who wrote influential books on art patronage and the history of taste and who was a professor of art history at Oxford University from 1967 to 1995, died Jan. 18 at his home in Oxford, England. Mr. Haskell published his first book, "Patrons and Painters: A Study in the Relations Between Italian Art and Society in the Age of the Baroque," in 1963. He was also well known to U.S. readers as an essayist.

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