Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt, 76, archbishop of...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 26, 2002

Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt, 76, archbishop of Paderborn, died yesterday of heart failure in Paderborn, in western Germany. Viewed as a conservative, he was appointed cardinal last year by Pope John Paul II.

Cardinal Degenhardt was known as a staunch opponent of abortion as well as an advocate of political cooperation in Europe and tolerance between Germans and foreigners.

In 1941, at age 15, he was arrested and imprisoned by the Gestapo for three weeks for his work as a youth leader in the Catholic group Bund Neudeutschland, or New German Union, which was banned by the Nazis. He was ordained a priest in 1952 and became archbishop of Paderborn in 1974.

Maurice Denham, 92, who starred in some of Britain's most popular 1940s radio programs and then became a television and film character actor, died Wednesday.

Mr. Denham began his 60-year acting career when radio was the dominant entertainment medium, and starred in two of the biggest British shows of the 1940s. He played the wealthy Dudley Davenport in Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh, and had two roles, Mrs. Tickle and Vodkin the Russian inventor, in the British Broadcasting Corp.'s wartime comedy ITMA. The initials stood for "It's That Man Again," a joking reference to newspaper reports on Hitler's advance through Europe.

He recorded all the voices in the 1955 film version of George Orwell's Animal Farm. He frequently had supporting film roles, acting in movies including Day of the Jackal (1973) and 84 Charing Cross Road (1987).

Mustafa Saad, 51, a former militia leader who lost his sight in one of the many attempts on his life during Lebanon's civil war, died of lung cancer yesterday.

A member of parliament and a staunch ally of Palestinian guerrillas, he became leader of the Independent Nasserite Popular Organization after his father, Maarouf Saad, was assassinated in 1975. The killing was one of the events that ignited the 1975-1990 war.

The Russian-educated agricultural engineer headed the Popular Liberation Army, a militia of Lebanese Muslims allied with Palestinian guerrillas, in the port city of Sidon from 1985 to 1991. He survived several attempts on his life, all of them blamed on Israel, but lost his sight in a Jan. 21, 1985, car explosion in front of his house in Sidon.

The explosion left his face deeply scarred and killed his 13-year-old daughter and a neighbor. His wife lost one eye.

Robert "Bob" Wernet, 60, an ex-Honolulu television newsman who had been press secretary for former Gov. George Ariyoshi and former Rep. Patricia Saiki., died of cancer Sunday at his home in Fort Washington, Prince George's County.

Mr. Wernet also worked as a special projects administrator for the East-West Center and public affairs adviser to the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Jana Elway-Sever, 42, a tennis pro and schoolteacher who was the twin sister of former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, died in Denver on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

It was the second death in the family in 15 months. Jack Elway, the twins' father, died April 15, 2001, of an apparent heart attack.

Hamlin Hill, 70, a Mark Twain scholar who wrote several books on the humorist, died July 16 in Los Alamos, N.M.

In 1985, Mr. Hill visited Pakistan, Syria, Hungary and other countries to lecture on Twain as part of a U.S. government program to mark the 150th anniversary of Twain's birth.

Mr. Hill's books included Mark Twain: God's Fool, published in 1975, and 1978's America's Humor from Poor Richard to Doonesbury, which he wrote with Walter Blair.

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