Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

February 18, 2004

Jan Miner, 86, a New York stage actress who gained fame as Madge, the manicurist in Palmolive television ads, died Sunday in Bethel, Conn.

From the 1940s to the 1980s, Ms. Miner appeared on and off Broadway. She also appeared in radio programs, including a leading role in Boston Blackie - a series in the late 1940s.

She won her most widespread attention in Palmolive commercials, praising the gentleness of its dish detergent to a customer surprised to find her hands soaking in it. She played the character for 27 years.

The Rev. John H. Tietjen, 75, a former seminary president at the center of a split in the Lutheran church in the 1970s, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Dr. Tietjen was the former Concordia Seminary president who helped create a breakaway seminary and an alliance of dissident Lutheran congregations during a split over biblical doctrine in the 1970s. He also was a major force in 1987 in the merger of churches that created the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the nation's largest Lutheran denomination.

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