Stephen G. Cary, 88, a leading Quaker who led...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 04, 2002

Stephen G. Cary,

88, a leading Quaker who led public-service work camps for conscientious objectors during World War II, died Tuesday at his summer home in Chatham, Mass. Mr. Cary, who lived in Haverford, Pa., worked most of his career for the American Friends Service Committee, the national Quaker humanitarian organization. He led the organization from 1979 to 1991. He was named a vice president at Haverford College in 1969 and was acting president during the 1977-1978 academic year.

Mr. Cary led two government-approved work camps, in Elkton, Ore., and Big Flats, N.Y., for pacifists who performed national service rather than being drafted into the military. A public television documentary on the subject, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, was shown this year.

Roberto Cobo,

72, an actor who played the role of a desperate young street tough in Spanish director Luis Bunuel's 1950 classic Los Olvidados -- The Forgotten Ones -- died Friday in Mexico City of complications from cancer.

Mr. Cobo will best be remembered as El Jaibo, the character he played in Mr. Bunuel's film about impoverished street kids of Mexico City in the 1950s. He later went on play another singular role as Manuela, a transvestite father, in Arturo Ripstein's 1977 film El Lugar Sin Limites -- A Place Without Limits.

Mr. Cobo, who was born Roberto Garcia Romero in Mexico City, won various acting awards for his work.

Harry Gerstad,

93, an Academy Award-winning film editor whose Hollywood career spanned more than four decades, died July 17 of natural causes in Palm Springs, Calif.

Mr. Gerstad shared his first Oscar with Elmo Williams for their work on the 1949 prizefighting classic Champion, starring Kirk Douglas. Mr. Gerstad won another statuette for editing the 1952 Western epic High Noon. He worked with Stanley Kramer at Columbia Pictures on such films as Cyrano de Bergerac in 1950 and Death of a Salesman in 1951.

Monsignor James M. Ryan,

89, a Roman Catholic missionary friar from Chicago who served for more than 25 years as bishop of a diocese in Brazil, died of cancer July 12. Monsignor Ryan, who had spent most of his life since 1943 in Santarem, Brazil, died in Chicago.

As bishop of Santarem from 1958 to 1985, Monsignor Ryan administered a harsh jungle domain that, at more than 125,000 square miles, was larger than many European countries. He oversaw the building of clinics, schools, churches and a radio station in a part of Brazil that was often neglected by the central government 2,000 miles away.

After a military dictatorship took power in Brazil in 1964, he became known as a staunch defender of human rights and the environment. He used the diocesan radio station to denounce abuses and corruption even when local army commanders threatened to have him expelled.

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