Dr. Alexandra Adler, 99, a neurologist and psychiatrist...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 13, 2001

Dr. Alexandra Adler, 99, a neurologist and psychiatrist who was an expert on brain trauma, died Jan. 4 in New York.

Dr. Adler wrote papers on subjects ranging from alcoholism to juvenile delinquency, and she was among the first to write a detailed analysis of post-traumatic stress disorders. Her study was based on work with survivors of the Coconut Grove nightclub fire in Boston in 1942 that killed nearly 500 people, and she was later able to apply her findings to the treatment of World War II veterans.

Edwin Etherington, 76, a former president of Wesleyan University and once the top executive for the American Stock Exchange, died Monday in Jupiter Island, Fla. In 1962, he became president and chief executive officer of the American Stock Exchange. Four years later, he was appointed Wesleyan president and served until 1970.

Willie Neal Johnson, 65, a longtime member of a gospel singing group, died Wednesday in Tyler, Texas, of a stroke. Mr. Johnson, known as "The Country Boy," joined with friends from his hometown of Tyler to form Willie Neal Johnson and the Gospel Keynotes. The group produced more than 20 albums, including "Ain't No Stopping Us Now," and their signature song, "That's My Son." "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" received a Grammy nomination in 1981.

Sir Denys Lasdun 86, a modernist architect who designed London's Royal National Theatre, died Thursday in London of pneumonia.

Vladimir Semichastny, 77, former head of the Soviet KGB security service and a key figure in the 1964 plot to oust Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, died yesterday in Moscow of a stroke, the radio station Ekho Moskvy reported.

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