Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 25, 2003


Giovanni Agnelli

81, the patriarch of the Fiat auto company whose jet-set lifestyle, vast financial network and aristocratic air became symbols of Italy's postwar rebirth and prosperity, has died in Rome after suffering from prostate cancer.

Company officials would not specify when he died.

While Italy worked to remake itself after defeat and disaster in World War II, the ruggedly handsome businessman became its monied symbol.

Mr. Agnelli was known for his glamorous lifestyle. He mixed with aristocracy as well as businessmen, politicians and such world figures as former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

In 1966, Mr. Agnelli, then 45, was named Fiat's chairman and chief executive officer. In 1980, he turned over day-to-day management of the company and devoted himself to long-term strategy.

Under his direction, Fiat acquired Alfa Romeo and Lancia to give it a virtual monopoly in domestic car production.

But in the 1990s, the company's sales began to slip, and huge losses in 1993 prompted an emergency $2.5 billion recapitalization by Fiat's bankers. Since 1996, Mr. Agnelli served as the company's honorary chairman.

Marvin Bower

99, who led McKinsey & Co. and helped turn the once-fledgling business of management consulting into a viable industry, died Wednesday in Delray Beach, Fla.

Mr. Bower held the title of managing director of McKinsey from 1950 to 1957, but stayed on for several years more.

He first went to work for McKinsey in the 1930s, when it was a small engineering and accounting firm in Chicago. Over the years, he built the company and steered its way through the early days of management consulting, determining what kinds of services it could sell and what sort of standards it had to uphold.

By the 1990s, the company had Germany as a client, giving it advice on how to rebuild its economy after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The firm now advises 100 of the world's 150 biggest companies, including United Airlines, which McKinsey is advising on how to restructure following its bankruptcy filing.

In 1987, Business Week magazine named Mr. Bower one of the two people most responsible for the growth of management consulting after World War II.

Vivi-Anne Hulten,

91, a 10-time Swedish figure skating champion once selected the country's greatest female athlete, died Jan. 15 in Corona Del Mar, Calif., after a bout with pneumonia.

Ms. Hulten, a bronze medalist in the 1936 Winter Olympics, turned professional in 1938 and skated with the Ice Follies and other shows. She and husband, Gene Theslof, toured with the Ice Capades and other shows in the United States and Europe.

She served as show director of the Ice Capades in the mid-1950s. The couple later taught skating in the Carolinas and Tennessee and started a skating school in St. Paul, Minn., in 1964.

After Mr. Theslof died in 1983, Ms. Hulten ran the skating school until she suffered a small stroke four years ago and moved to Corona del Mar to be near her son, Gene Theslof Jr., a former skater.

A life-size statue of Ms. Hulten doing a spiral is located on a lake in Budapest and a miniature version of the statue is in the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Henri Krasucki,

78, a French labor leader who as a teen-ager joined the resistance against Nazi occupiers and survived internment at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, died yesterday in Paris after a long illness.

Mr. Krasucki led France's Communist-backed CGT trade union as general secretary from 1982 to 1992. He was elected secretary of CGT in 1960 and directed the union publication Worker's Life from 1960 to 1982.

Mr. Krasucki also served in the French Communist Party and wrote several books, including Unions and Class Struggles, Unions and Socialism, Unions and Unity and, in 1987, A Modern Union? Yes!

Mr. Krasucki's textile worker parents emigrated to France from Poland shortly after his birth. He grew up in Paris and joined the Communist resistance after World War II broke out. At 18, he was arrested by the Vichy regime that collaborated with the Nazis and was handed over to the Gestapo. He was deported to Auschwitz, then Buchenwald, spending nearly two years in the camps.

After the war, Mr. Krasucki worked in the metal industry. He became a naturalized French citizen in 1947.

Allan Nunn May

91, a British atomic scientist who spied for the Soviet Union, has died in London, according to obituaries published yesterday.

Mr. Nunn May died Jan. 12, The Times and The Daily Telegraph reported. They did not give the cause of death.

One of the first Soviet spies uncovered during the Cold War, Mr. Nunn May worked on the Manhattan Project and was betrayed by a Soviet defector in Canada. His unmasking in 1946 led the United States to restrict sharing atomic secrets with Britain.

As a physics student at Cambridge University, Mr. Nunn May joined a Communist Party group. By the outbreak of World War II, he was working on a secret British project to develop radar and had allowed his party membership to lapse.

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