Deaths elsewhere

April 01, 2002

Ed Turner, 66, who helped establish CNN as a major respected news organization, died Saturday at George Washington University Hospital in Washington after a bout with liver cancer.

"Ed loved his profession, his staff and his network," former CNN chairman Tom Johnson said. "His loyalty to Ted Turner, to me and to excellent standards of journalism never will be forgotten." Mr. Turner was hired in 1980 as one of the first news professionals brought into the company. That he coincidentally shared the last name of founder Ted Turner earned him the nickname "No Relation" Turner, CNN Miami Bureau Chief John Zarella said.

Mr. Turner retired in 1998 as vice president in charge of newsgathering and tried unsuccessfully to launch California News Service, a smaller version of CNN. He worked for the Freedom Forum, a nonprofit journalism organization, and had been co-writing a history of CNN with former correspondent Peter Arnett.

Franklin S. Forsberg, 96, former ambassador to Sweden and a publisher who led magazines that promoted the U.S. war effort during World War II, died Friday of injuries sustained in a fall. Mr. Forsberg died in Greenwich, Conn., where he had lived for the past 50 years.

He served as colonel in the U.S. Army in charge of publications and media in World War II. He founded Yank and oversaw the Army News Service and publication of Stars and Stripes. After the war, he was vice president of Popular Mechanics Publishing Co. In 1960, Mr. Forsberg headed the magazine division of Holt, Rinehart and Winston, publisher of Field & Stream and other magazines. He served as ambassador to Sweden from 1981 to 1985.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Rountree Forsberg of Greenwich, sons Lars Forsberg and Erik Forsberg, his daughter and five grandchildren.

Lee Steiner, 79, an entertainment attorney whose clients included Sophia Loren, Dino De Laurentis and Jacques Cousteau, died Thursday in New York of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 79.

Celebrities Carlo Ponti, Peter Ustinov and Isaac Stern also were clients of Mr. Steiner's from the 1950s through the 1980s. Mr. Steiner also represented financial institutions that invested in media and film, including Credit Lyonnais and European American Bank.

Mr. Steiner received the Commendatore of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Italy. He served as the United Nations' special counsel for film, was a board member of the Cousteau Society and the Counterpart Foundation, and was a trustee of Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Merton Bernfield, 63, a pediatrician and microbiologist whose research advanced knowledge of the human cell structure, died March 18 in Boston, where he had been chief of newborn medicine at Children's Hospital. The cause was complications from Parkinson's disease, his family said.

Dr. Bernfield's approach was to merge patient care with his scientific advances. Dealing with newborns, he sought answers to diseases associated with premature birth by understanding them on the molecular and cellular level.

As a pioneer in glycobiology, the study of carbohydrate-containing molecules, he identified a family of core proteins with sugars attached to the cell surfaces. Those proteins, called syndecans, control or influence tissue repair, metabolism, the formation of tumors and the development of immune responses. Despite his advancing illness, Dr. Bernfield continued his work on the subject and in the fall published influential papers about it in the journals Cell and Nature.

Ralph Rumney, 67, an English-born artist who romanced nearly every eccentric left-wing intellectual movement he encountered during a half-century - and helped start a few - died March 6 at his home in Manosque in the Provence region of France. The cause was cancer, the news agency Agence France-Presse reported.

Mr. Rumney founded no philosophical schools, nor did the art he produced so voluminously have any important influence. But he displayed an uncanny knack for finding himself where intellectual cauldrons were bubbling, and tossing in some memorably zestful spice.

In 1957, Mr. Rumney was a founding member of the Situationist International, a movement that mixed surrealism, Marxism and sometimes spectacular hedonism, and that has been described as the spiritual precursor to the Paris riots of 1968, the Sex Pistols and the sensationalist art of people such as Damien Hirst. The tiny movement has remained a subject of fascination in France, where books about it appear regularly.

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