Paul Georges,78, an American painter known for his...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 27, 2002

Paul Georges,78, an American painter known for his satirical self-portraits and figurative allegories in a career that spanned more than five decades, died in northern France April 17. He was 78.

Georges died of a heart attack in the Normandy town of Gefosse-Fontenay, where he had a home and studio, said his daughter, Yvette Deeton.

A World War II veteran decorated with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in the Pacific, Georges moved in 1949 to Paris, where he apprenticed under French painter Fernand Leger.

In New York in the 1950s, Georges painted his first figurative works and developed his signature style of satirical self-portraits.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, a writer who became nationally known for her book on her years as a Jehovah's Witness, died Wednesday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 67.

Harrison was converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses by her mother at the age of 9 and went to live and work at the religion's national headquarters in New York.

At 22, Harrison left the faith. She went on to achieve literary success with Visions of Glory: A History and a Memory of Jehovah's Witnesses (1978), which combined autobiographical insight with extensive historical research.

Harrison's other books included Italian Days (1989), a travel book about Italy that won the American Book Award, and a novel, Foreign Bodies" (1984).

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