Deaths Elsewhere

March 07, 2004

Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo,

71, leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, died Friday at a hospital in Camp Hill, Pa., where he had been a patient since Feb. 7. He had suffered from heart problems and other ailments, according to the Rev. T. Ronald Haney, a spokesman for the diocese.

Bishop Dattilo had led the Harrisburg Diocese for 14 years. The 15-county diocese has about 235,000 Catholics, 89 parishes and about 135 active priests, according to its Web site.

During his tenure, he was known for consolidating parishes and overseeing the construction of a diocesan hall and a priest retirement home, Father Haney said.

A native of New Castle in western Pennsylvania, Bishop Dattilo studied at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa., and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He was ordained in the Pittsburgh Diocese in 1958. On Nov. 21, 1989, Pope John Paul II named him the eighth bishop of Harrisburg.

Stephen Sprouse,

50, a fashion designer and artist who mixed cosmopolitan, punk and pop styles, died Thursday of heart failure in New York City.

His style mixed the polar worlds of uptown and downtown fashion and became known as a kind of "punk couture," said Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York. He was known for his edgy look that was popular with punk rockers but was also fashionable with the well-to-do chic crowd.

Mr. Sprouse started designing clothes at age 9 and by the time he was 12 he had met fashion industry heavyweights such as Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene and Norman Norell. As a teen-ager, he sketched for Mr. Blass and Halston before coming to New York and eventually designing clothes for Debbie Harry, the singer for the band Blondie.

Pedro Pietri,

59, a co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe who composed poems and plays that depicted the lives of Puerto Rican New Yorkers, died of renal failure Wednesday.

He had been in a holistic clinic in Mexico since January receiving treatment for stomach cancer. He was flying back to New York for specialized treatment when he died.

Mr. Pietri was best known for "Puerto Rican Obituary," a poem published in 1973 that chronicled the lives of five people who left Puerto Rico for mainland America with plans that never bore fruit. The piece was embraced by young Puerto Ricans in New York -- called "Nuyoricans" for short.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in Harlem, he began writing while attending Harlem High School. He served in Vietnam, and said his experience there drove him further to the left. He gained attention for spoken-word pieces and songs such as "El Puerto Rican Embassy" and "The Spanglish National Anthem."

Marc Miringoff,

58, a Fordham University associate professor of social policy who created an index that aided in understanding the nation's social health, died Thursday at his home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

He was founder of the Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy. He became known for his development of a report card that measured the nation's welfare.

His argument that inflation, interest rates and other economic variables could not put the national well-being in a proper perspective led to his compiling of a new index. The table included information about child poverty, infant mortality, crime, access to health care and deaths related to drunken driving.

The nation's social index dropped from a high of 77 of 100 in 1973 to 38 out of 100 in 1993. Since that time, the nation has made progress according to the index, rising to 54 in 2000, but dropping again to 46 in 2001.

Mike O'Callaghan,

74, a former Nevada governor and executive editor of the Las Vegas Sun, died Friday of an apparent heart attack. He was attending Mass at St. Viator Catholic Church in Las Vegas when he collapsed.

Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn praised Mr. O'Callaghan, a Democrat, for tackling tough issues as governor, including the welfare of disadvantaged children, the preservation of Lake Tahoe and the promotion of affordable housing in Las Vegas.

Mr. O'Callaghan, a Korean War veteran, served eight years as governor beginning in 1971. He later became a teacher in Nevada, and one of his students was Sen. Harry Reid. He was the state's first health and welfare director, and a regional director in the federal Office of Emergency Preparedness before turning to politics.

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