Deaths Elsewhere

October 16, 2004

Conrad Russell,

a liberal historian and politician, died Thursday in London after a long illness. He was 67.

Mr. Russell - son of the philosopher Bertrand Russell - represented the Liberal Democrats party in Parliament.

Conrad Russell, who had been estranged from his father for many years, gained a reputation as a defender of the disenfranchised. In 1997, he admonished Prime Minister Tony Blair for saying he never gave money to beggars.

Mr. Russell also taught history at Yale University and the University of London, specializing in the 17th century and the English Civil War. He wrote several books, including The Causes of the English Civil War, The Fall of the British Monarchies and An Intelligent Person's Guide To Liberalism.

Bob Dean,

a photographer who unwittingly captured the car wreck that killed his teenage son on film, died in Boston Wednesday of heart failure. He was 72.

Mr. Dean captured fires, police shootouts, car crashes and rescues for The Boston Globe, but one job turned out to be a personal tragedy.

On a September evening in 1979, Mr. Dean heard about a five-car accident over a police radio, grabbed his camera and raced to the scene. After snapping several quick shots, he drove to the Globe.

While he was developing the pictures, a call came from police that the badly crumpled body he had photographed was his 17-year-old son, Steven. On his way out of the building, Bob Dean handed a crash-scene photo to the city desk and said, "Use it. If it can save one life, it's worth it."

Juan Francisco Fresno,

the cardinal who played a key role in efforts to restore democracy in Chile during the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, died Thursday of kidney failure. He was 90.

Cardinal Fresno retired in 1989 after leading the Santiago church for six years, during which he hosted a visit by Pope John Paul II and promoted the first contacts between the Pinochet regime and the opposition seeking to restore civilian rule.

The pope's visit in 1987 came during a time of political tension, as the military regime that had ruled for 14 years faced an increasingly strong opposition.

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