Perry Mendel, 78, founder and former chairman of...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 10, 2000

Perry Mendel, 78, founder and former chairman of KinderCare Learning Centers, which grew into the nation's largest day-care chain, died Saturday in Montgomery, Ala., of complications from cancer. Mr. Mendel founded KinderCare in Montgomery in 1969 and capitalized on the growing number of women entering the workplace and needing child care.

Henry J. Nicols, 26, an AIDS activist and Boy Scout who gained the world's attention after announcing that he was HIV-positive, died Monday in Cooperstown, N.Y., of injuries suffered in a car crash. Mr. Nicols, a hemophiliac, contracted the human immunodeficiency virus during a blood transfusion in 1984.

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