Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 16, 2003

Dean Amadon, 90, an authority on birds of prey and former curator of birds at the American Museum of Natural History, died Sunday at his home in Tenafly, N.J.

A longtime staff for the museum in New York City, he traveled to exotic places for field work while writing numerous articles and books, including several works that are considered classics by naturalists and bird lovers.

Mr. Amadon was a Cornell University student when he was hired at the museum in 1937 to catalog bird eggs. He was appointed as the museum's Lamont curator in 1955, serving until 1973, and was chairman of the museum's ornithology department during that time.

Paul Monash, 85, a producer and screenwriter whose credits include the films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Carrie and Slaughterhouse-Five, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness.

Mr. Monash wrote, directed and produced the hit 1960s television show Peyton Place. His other film credits include Big Trouble in Little China and the 1974 version of The Front Page, which starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Sebastian von Hoerner, 83, an astrophysicist who did pioneering work in his native Germany and the United States on extraterrestrial life and the development of powerful radio telescopes to search for it, died of a heart attack Jan. 7 in Esslinger, Germany.

Born in Goerlitz, Germany, he received a doctorate in physics from the University of Goettingen in 1951 and threw himself into the study of the formation of stars.

From 1962, he continued his work in the United States, joining the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia, as a staff scientist. He also entered the field of lunar occultation -- when a star of a planet is obscured by the moon -- but increasingly turned to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence following research by astronomer Frank Drake at the observatory in the 1960s.

Elie Borowski, 89, whose vast collection of Middle Eastern artifacts formed the bulk of Jerusalem's Bible Lands Museum, died Tuesday.

A longtime collector, Mr. Borowski founded the museum in 1992. It sits on the same grounds as the Israel Museum, which contains such treasures as the Dead Sea Scrolls.

George W. Waters, 87, an executive who helped turn the American Express card into a global brand, died Saturday at his home in Fair Haven, N.J.

American Express hired Mr. Waters as general manager of its credit card division in 1961, a time when credit cards were accepted primarily by restaurants, and Visa and MasterCard did not yet exist. He soon persuaded American Airlines to drop its credit card and begin accepting the American Express card, and other airlines followed. He remained with the company until he retired in 1981.

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