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Deaths Elsewhere

September 30, 2002

Tim Rose,

62, a raw-voiced folk-rocker who recorded memorable versions of "Hey Joe" and "Morning Dew," died Tuesday in London, shortly after surgery for bowel cancer.

Mr. Rose started his music career in his hometown of Washington, in a duo billed as Michael & Timothy. He then worked with Baltimore's late Cass Elliott - who later became a star with the Mamas and the Papas - in a group called the Triumvirate. When James Hendricks - who later married Elliot - joined the group, it was renamed the Big Three.

Mr. Rose signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1966, and his album, "Tim Rose," made its debut a year later. In 1968, he toured in Britain with a band including John Bonham, the drummer for Led Zeppelin.

His musical career stalled in the 1980s, but in 1996, Mr. Rose returned to live performances in London with a show that featured reminiscences of his career's ups and downs.

Nils Bohlin,

82, who invented the three-point seat belt, a standard safety device in most cars that is credited with saving up to a million lives worldwide, died Sept. 21 in Ramfall, Sweden, after a heart attack.

Mr. Bohlin's lap-and-shoulder belt was introduced by car maker Volvo in 1959 and is now required by law in many countries.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates three-point seat belts reduce the risk of deaths in car crashes by at least 45 percent.

Born in the central Swedish city of Haernosand, Mr. Bohlin developed ejection seats for Swedish aircraft maker Saab before joining Volvo as a safety engineer in 1958.

Seat belts at the time used a single strap with a buckle over the lap, a design that risked injury to body organs in high-speed crashes.

Mr. Bohlin sought to find a simple, comfortable alternative that would protect the upper and lower body. His three-point solution allowed occupants to buckle up with one hand, using one strap across the chest and another across the lap. The buckle was placed next to the hip.

A Volvo research team recently estimated that Mr. Bohlin's invention had saved about 1 million lives.

He was to have been honored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Akron, Ohio, on the day of his death.

Glen Rounds,

96, a cowboy and carnival medicine man who went on to become an author and illustrator, died Friday in Pinehurst, N.C.

His dozens of books include tall tales and stories about life and nature on the Plains, particularly in Montana, where he was raised, and North Carolina, where he lived.

He first book, Ol' Paul, the Mighty Logger, was published in 1936 and contained 10 stories about Paul Bunyan. He also wrote 11 books in the Whitey series, about a young cowboy and his cousin, which were published from 1941 to 1963 and remained popular for years with children ages 7 to 10.

In 1989, severe arthritis in his right arm forced him to stop drawing. "Rather than take up horseshoeing," he said in an interview, he used the summer to learn to draw left-handed and went back to work.

Eduard Gufeld,

66, Chess grandmaster who helped train the Soviet team that dominated the game in the 1970s and 1980s, died of a stroke Sept. 23 in Los Angeles, where he had moved from the Georgian Republic in 1995.

Mr. Gufeld participated in eight national Soviet Union chess championships in the 1960s and earned the title of International Grandmaster of Chess, the highest title award by the World Chess Federation, in 1967.

He continued to compete in nearly all of the major tournaments in the United States and won the 1999 American Open. He also wrote more than 80 books on chess, which sold 3.5 million copies worldwide.

Roman C. Pucinski,

83, former Chicago congressman and journalist, died there Wednesday of pneumonia.

Long a leading voice in Chicago's Polish community, Mr. Pucinski spent 13 years in Congress and another 20 years on the Chicago City Council.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and led his bomber squadron on the first B-29 raid over Tokyo in 1944. He subsequently flew 48 missions over Japan and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Clusters.

Mr. Pucinski spent 20 years as a reporter and staff writer with the Chicago Sun-Times, then was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1958. He was re-elected five times before mounting an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in 1972.

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