Walter C. McCrone Jr., 86, whose analysis found the...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 22, 2002

Walter C. McCrone Jr., 86, whose analysis found the Shroud of Turin was created 13 centuries after Jesus Christ was buried, died July 10 in Chicago. His career spanned more than 60 years and featured analyzing crime scene evidence and debunking the authenticity of supposedly priceless works of art.

He helped debunk the theory that Napoleon Bonaparte died of arsenic poisoning by examining a lock of his hair. He also concluded Ludwig van Beethoven died of lead poisoning.

In 1978, Mr. McCrone joined a team of scientists that analyzed the Shroud of Turin, a cloth believed by many to be the death shroud of Christ. He concluded through scientific experiments that pigments on the cloth were red ochre, not blood.

Barry C. Reed, 75, a trial lawyer who drew on his experience to write The Verdict, a book that became the basis for a film nominated for five Academy Awards, died Friday in Norwood, Mass.

The Verdict, a story of a down-and-out lawyer who wins justice for the family of a disabled girl, was made into a 1982 film starring Paul Newman, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling. Mr. Reed's other books included The Choice, The Indictment and The Deception.

Mr. Reed won the Clarence Darrow Award for trial excellence and was a co-founder of the American Society of Law and Medicine.

George Rickey, 95, a sculptor who was a central figure in the artistic movement known as Constructivism, died Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn.

Mr. Rickey, who had a summer studio in Santa Barbara, Calif., made abstract steel mobiles -- some up to six stories high -- moved by gravity or air currents. He started making them in the 1940s and his works were exhibited around the world, most notably at the Documenta III in Kassel, Germany, in 1964, and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1979. His creations also have been displayed at the White House.

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1974. Mr. Rickey created his first sculpture while serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Born in South Bend, Ind., Mr. Rickey was educated in Scotland and England. He studied art in Paris and returned to the United States to teach history. He moved to Minnesota a year ago from East Chatham, N.Y., where he had worked since 1960.

The Rev. Mel Dibble, 88, an evangelist and Cincinnati television personality, died Thursday of melanoma in Cincinnati. The son of Baptist evangelists, Mr. Dibble began preaching with First Baptist Church of Pontiac, Mich. He became disillusioned two years later and left the ministry.

Mr. Dibble became a morning talk-show host in 1950 for WCPO and later WLWT-TV under the stage name of Mel Martin. He appeared for a week on NBC's Today.

Mr. Dibble returned to the ministry after meeting the Rev. Billy Graham in St. Louis, and served as the Cincinnati delegate to the World Congress on Evangelism in West Berlin in 1966. In 1977, Mr. Dibble became the senior pastor of Mariemont Community Church. He retired as pastor emeritus in 1983.

Louis Laberge, 78, credited with galvanizing the Quebec labor movement into a politically potent force during 27 years as its leader, died Thursday in Montreal after suffering a heart attack.

He headed the Quebec Federation of Labor from 1964 to 1991, a period in which the membership increased from 100,000 to half a million, said federation secretary-general Rene Roy.

Mr. Roy called Mr. Laberge "undoubtedly the most important trade unionist we've ever seen in Quebec." Mr. Laberge spent four months in jail in 1972 for defying a judge's order to halt a public workers' strike that pulled together the splintered labor movement in Quebec into a common front against the provincial government.

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