Deaths Elsewhere

December 28, 2003

Nicholas Mavroules,

74, who served seven terms in Congress before being voted out of office during a corruption scandal that sent him to prison, died Thursday while recovering from gastric surgery.

The Massachusetts Democrat became mayor of Peabody, north of Boston, in 1967. He served in Congress from 1979 to 1993. He lost to Republican Peter G. Torkildsen in 1992.

Mr. Mavroules pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges that included not reporting as income the use of free cars and accepting a low-rent beach house. He served 11 months in prison.

In Washington, he was chairman of the House subcommittee on investigations. He helped expose major cost overruns on Navy aircraft and shed light on the deadly 1989 explosion on the battleship USS Iowa.

He led a congressional investigation into the 1983 terrorist bombing of a barracks in Beirut in which 241 Marines were killed.

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