Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

March 29, 2004

Edward J. Piszek, 87, co-founder of the Mrs. Paul's frozen fish empire and a friend of Pope John Paul II, died Saturday of bone cancer at his home in Fort Washington, Pa.

He had worked at General Electric Co. and Campbell Soup Co. before he formed Mrs. Paul's Kitchens Inc. in 1946, with $350 and the help of a close friend, whom he bought out in the 1950s. When he sold the company in 1982, sales topped $100 million a year.

A philanthropist, Mr. Piszek bought and shipped equipment to Poland to fight the tuberculosis that devastated the country during the 1960s, and befriended the pope, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, in 1964. He also donated 10 million pounds of food during Poland's shortages in the early 1980s.

In addition, he developed the Peace Corps Partners in Teaching English, which sends teachers to European countries, and helped airlift food to Ukraine after the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion in 1986.

Karl Joachim Weintraub, 79, a longtime University of Chicago professor who was so popular with students that they would sleep in line to register for his class, died Thursday of a brain tumor in the university's Bernard Mitchell Hospital.

He taught a course on Western history and culture for about 50 years. Each spring students would line up for hours on campus to get a spot in his class. The student newspaper once reported the annual event under a headline: "Waiting for Weintraub."

Although he was failing in health, he met with his classes until 2002. He had technically retired, but continued his teaching and refused to accept a salary. His wife and colleague, Katy O'Brien Weintraub, said that was his way of protesting changing styles in higher education. The Western Civilization course was being downsized and changed by a younger generation of faculty -- except in the two sections the Weintraubs offered.

He was born in Germany to a Jewish father and a Christian mother. During World War II, he was hidden by a Christian family in Holland. Afterward, the Quakers arranged for him to come to the United States.

Isaac Kleinerman, 87, a leading producer and editor of television documentaries, including the celebrated 1960 condensation of Victory at Sea for NBC and The 20th Century, a CBS News series, died March 7 while vacationing in Bucerias, Mexico. He was a resident of Todi, in Umbria, Italy.

Victory at Sea first appeared in 1952 in 26 half-hour installments, with a celebrated score by Richard Rodgers arranged by Robert Russell Bennett. Mr. Kleinerman, working with producer and director Donald B. Hyatt, edited miles of film into a 90-minute version that retained the stirring quality of the original. Critics said it provided continuity that was lacking in the original 13-hour presentation.

He went on to collaborate with legendary CBS News director Burton Benjamin on The 20th Century, which dealt with topics on the American agenda, past and present. Four of the programs he produced for the series in the 1960s were nominated for Emmy Awards. He won an Emmy in 1968 as the producer of The 21st Century; narrated by Walter Cronkite, it scanned the future for advances in science and technology.

Mary Lindsay, 77, who as John V. Lindsay's accomplished wife brought casual elegance and political acumen to his campaigns for New York City mayor and other offices while fiercely protecting the family's limited privacy, died March 9 of cancer in Palm Beach, Fla.

John Lindsay, who was mayor from 1966 to 1973, died in 2000, at 79.

She vigorously campaigned for him in his bids for Congress, where he served three terms from 1959 to 1965.

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