Brig. Gen. Bruce Barlow, 51, deputy commanding general...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 02, 2002

Brig. Gen. Bruce Barlow, 51, deputy commanding general of Fort Carson and the 7th Infantry Division, died Tuesday at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb.

Mr. Barlow apparently died of natural causes, but the Army must investigate because he was alone when he died, said Lt. Col. Shelly Stellwagen, spokeswoman for Fort Carson, in Colorado.

Mr. Barlow, who also was deputy commanding general of the Fifth United States Army, was at Offutt for classroom training. A 1972 West Point graduate, he had been stationed at Fort Carson since August 2000 and was a crusader for the Army's goal of improving National Guard readiness, Ms. Stellwagen said.

Torunn Garin, 54, a food engineer who helped develop the sweetener aspartame, died of lung cancer Friday in Bronxville, N.Y.

From 1971 to 1985, Ms. Garin worked for General Foods, where she helped to develop aspartame as a sugar substitute and became a national spokeswoman for the sweetener.

She also worked on substituting natural dyes for cancer-causing chemicals in food and on reducing water pollution in food production. She was awarded two patents for developing a process to extract caffeine from coffee.

A.J. Levinson, 73, who helped promote the concept of the living will, died of cancer Monday in New York. She was executive director of Concern for Dying, a now-defunct organization that sent out more than 7 million forms for living wills to people across the country.

A living will is a document that records a person's wishes for how the end of his or her life will be spent, including the desire to end life-extending medical procedures. Most living wills designate a family member, or "health care proxy," to act on a patient's behalf.

Ms. Levinson was appointed director of the group, which grew out of the Euthanasia Educational Council, in 1976. She held the position for 11 years.

C.H. Butcher Jr., 62, who was jailed for fraud after his Knoxville-based banking empire collapsed in the 1980s, died Tuesday at a Georgia hospital.

Mr. Butcher was apparently hospitalized after falling down the steps at his home earlier in the day, sources close to the family said.

Mr. Butcher, former chairman of Southern Industrial Bank Corp., and his brother, Jake, together operated 27 banks in Tennessee and Kentucky, once valued at $3 billion. The banks collapsed in 1983 under the weight of unsecured loans and paper corporations loaded with debt.

Hillous Butrum,74, a bass player and original member of Hank Williams' backing band the Drifting Cowboys, died Saturday in Nashville. The cause was not released.

Mr. Butrum worked in the Grand Ole Opry staff band as a teen-ager, and played in Williams' band from 1949 to 1950. He left to join Hank Snow's band, the Rainbow Ranch Boys, where he stayed for four years.

Over the years, he started a music publishing company with country star Marty Robbins and ran a small record label in the 1960s, Look Records.

Lenore Patricia Kroh Freudenheim, 97, a flower arranging expert and author of four books on the subject, died Friday in Longboat Key, Fla.

The holder of diplomas from four schools of Japanese flower arranging, she taught and lectured widely and explained her philosophy in A Japanese Flower Arranging Notebook (1963). Her other books, all published by Doubleday & Company under her maiden name, Patricia Kroh, were Design With Flowers Unlimited (1959), Contemporary Table Settings (1966) and A New World of Flower Arrangement (1969).

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