Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

November 02, 2003

Kamato Hongo,

116, a Japanese woman believed to have been the world's oldest person, died of pneumonia Friday.

Born in 1887, Ms. Hongo was recognized as the world's oldest person by the Guinness Book of Records after an American woman -- Maude Farris-Luse -- died in March at age 115. Ms. Hongo was known throughout Japan for her habit of sleeping for two days and then staying awake for two days.

Raised on a small, rural island on Japan's southern fringe, Ms. Hongo grew up tending cows and farming potatoes. The same island also produced the Japanese record-holder for longevity, a man, Shigechiyo Izumi, who died in 1986 at age 120.

It was not immediately clear who the world's oldest person was after Ms. Hongo's death. Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Mitoyo Kawate of Hiroshima, 114, became the oldest person in that country.

Harry Clement Stubbs,

81, author of more than a dozen science-fiction novels, died Wednesday of heart disease in Milton, Mass.

Mr. Stubbs, who used the pen name Hal Clement, wrote Mission of Gravity, considered a classic of the genre, first published in 1954 and still in print.

The writer's talents also extended to the visual arts. He painted astronomical and science-fiction art under the name George Richard.

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