Mary Cantwell, 69, who wrote essays, books and...

Deaths Elsewhere

February 03, 2000

Mary Cantwell, 69, who wrote essays, books and editorials for the New York Times, many about the changing public and private lives of women in the United States, died of cancer Tuesday at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan.

As a member of the Times editorial board for 16 years, Ms. Cantwell wrote often about issues affecting women. A notable one concerned "the squeal rule," the label she coined for a 1982 Reagan administration proposal to forbid giving contraceptives to teen-agers unless their parents were informed. Such a rule, she wrote, would discourage effective contraception and increase teen-age pregnancies.

Ms. Cantwell also wrote personal observations for the Times and other publications about the pride and pain brought by three decades of transformation in the lives of women, particularly in the spheres of work, marriage and divorce, and parenthood.

On divorce, she gave voice to many readers' feelings in a "Hers" column in the Times in 1980, describing the day she and her former husband watched their older daughter's high school graduation: "There on stage is someone who is half he, half she; their blood, their genes. They created somebody: the woman is awed. As long as there is a she, the woman thinks, there is an us."

Art Hoppe, 74, whose political and social satire entertained readers of his syndicated column in the San Francisco Chronicle for more than 40 years, died Tuesday in a San Francisco hospital of complications linked to lung cancer. He told readers of his illness in December and wrote movingly about his fight for survival.

Gil Kane, 73, a comic book artist who spent more than half a century sketching such memorable characters as the Atom, Green Lantern, the Incredible Hulk, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man, died Monday in Miami of cancer.

Dr. James V. Neel, 84, professor emeritus of human genetics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan, died Tuesday in Ann Arbor of cancer. Dr. Neel was a pioneer in the study of human genetics and one of the first to predict its importance in diagnosing and treating medical conditions.

Joseph Eugene Jackson, 72, the father of country music star Alan Jackson, died Monday in Newnan, Ga., of a ruptured aorta. Diane Dawson, the singer's sister, said the singer used their parents' lives as the basis of his song "Livin' on Love," which celebrates the virtue of growing old together.

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