Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

March 15, 2004

Cardinal Franz Koenig, 98, who influenced Vatican policy toward other religions and postwar communist regimes, died in his sleep Saturday in Vienna, Austrian radio reported.

Cardinal Koenig was Vienna's archbishop from 1956 until 1958, when Pope John XXIII elevated him to cardinal. He was president of the papal Secretariat for Non-Believers from 1966 to 1981 and played a key role in preparations for the Second Vatican Council, which was held from 1962 to 1965.

Susan Okin, 57, a feminist political theorist whose work focused on the exclusion of women from western political thought, died March 3 in Lincoln, Mass., apparently of natural causes.

Her 1979 book, Women in Western Political Thought, is considered a cornerstone of research on women in politics.

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