Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 12, 2004

Fred Olivi, 82, a Chicago native who co-piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, died Thursday. He had lived at a rehabilitation center in the Chicago suburb of Lemont since suffering a stroke in August.

He joined the Army Air Forces after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. His most famous mission was in a B-29, named Bockscar, that dropped the second atomic bomb on Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the Enola Gay dropped the first bomb on Hiroshima. World War II ended with Japan's surrender six days after the Nagasaki bombing. About 70,000 people were killed by the bombing.

Mr. Olivi subsequently served in the Air Force Reserve, retiring in 1971 as a lieutenant colonel. He also worked full time as a manager of bridge operations and maintenance for the city of Chicago until 1988.

He was one of many veterans who expressed anger about the exhibit the Smithsonian Institution mounted for the 50th anniversary of the bombings, saying it was too apologetic.

Larisa Bogoraz, 74, an early architect of the Soviet dissident movement who rose to prominence for a protest in Red Square against the invasion of Czechoslovakia, died Tuesday.

She was the widow of noted dissident Anatoly Marchenko and ex-wife of the late Yuly Daniel, a satirist and poet who was another keystone of the early dissident movement. She was a specialist in linguistics and gained her doctorate in the discipline in 1965.

She was one of seven people who showed up on Red Square on Aug. 5, 1968, to protest the Red Army's invasion of Czechoslovakia. Their brief, lonely stand before being arrested inspired Soviets dismayed by their rulers. She was tried and sentenced to four years of exile in Siberia, which she spent in a woodworking plant.

Sein Lwin, 81, who served briefly as Myanmar's president in 1988, has died, a state-run newspaper reported Saturday.

He had a reputation for being the brutal henchman of late dictator Gen. Ne Win and was best known for suppressing anti-government activities. He led a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1988.

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