October 25, 2003

Miguel Angel Burelli Rivas, 82, a career diplomat who served as Venezuela's foreign minister and ambassador to Washington, died there Wednesday of a cerebral hemorrhage after being hospitalized with a pulmonary infection.

Mr. Burelli served as foreign minister from 1994 to 1999, ambassador to Washington from 1974 to 1976 and ambassador to London from 1967 to 1968. A one-time envoy to Colombia, he also was chairman of the third U.N. conference on international sea rights in 1964.

In 1968, he ran for president as candidate of the now-defunct National Democratic Front. In 1994, he lost a bid for secretary general of the Organization of American States to former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria.

An attorney, he founded the humanities department at the University of the Andes in the western city of Merida.

George Lagerquist, 90, who made a fortune in timber and became a leading donor to artistic, educational and medical institutions in Tacoma, Wash., died there Monday. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Lagerquist sold lumber out of his back yard and, in 1952, started Spenard Builders Supply, an Alaskan lumber company. He turned to philanthropy after he sold the business in the 1970s.

Derya Arbas, 35, a Turkish actress, was found dead in her West Hollywood, Calif., apartment Tuesday.

Ms. Arbas, whose given name was Derya Zerrin Berti, died in her sleep. She was found by police and paramedics responding to calls from her relatives and friends.

Friends close to her said she died of a heart attack.

Ms. Arbas, who starred in seven movies, split her time between the United States and Turkey.

Ms. Arbas belonged to the Screen Actors Guild but was not pursuing an acting career, friends said. She was writing several books and making a living by taking studio photographs.

Howard Lund, 91, who turned a single duck boat he built in 1947 into the Lund Boat Co. with 600 workers, died Wednesday in New York Mills, Minn.

Mr. Lund started his boat company after a passer-by asked him about the aluminum duck boat Mr. Lund had built for himself in anticipation of a good duck hunt that year. That man, a salesman for the Inland Marine Corp., asked Mr. Lund to build 50 aluminum duck boats.

By 1957, Mr. Lund had distributors in the Twin Cities. In 1961, he and two partners bought out 12 stockholders and named the company Lund Metal Craft Inc.

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