Deaths Elsewhere

October 17, 2004

Bishop Adolfo Hernandez Hurtado,

84, who promoted the cause of several martyrs who were named saints, died Friday after a lengthy illness, the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Guadalajara reported.

Bishop Hernandez was ordained in 1943 and in 1958 became the first bishop of Tapachula, Mexico's southernmost city.

He later served in Zamora and as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Guadalajara.

As president of the Episcopal Commission for the Cause of the Saints, he worked on the process that eventually led to the canonization of several Mexican martyrs by Pope John Paul II.

Tommy Kalmanir, 78,

a starting halfback on the 1951 Los Angeles Rams championship team and former Oakland Raiders assistant coach, died Tuesday of pneumonia in Fresno, Calif.

He played four years in the NFL, three with Los Angeles and one with Baltimore. He later was an assistant with the Raiders for three seasons.

Bernice Rubens, 76,

a prolific British novelist who drew on her Jewish upbringing and ill-fated marriage to tell stories of vice and grimness with warmth and humor, died Wednesday in London, British newspapers reported.

Ms. Rubens won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for fiction in 1970 for The Elected Member, the story of a Jewish family whose secrets drive one son insane.

Madame Sousatzka, her 1962 novel about the tenuous bond between an eccentric piano teacher and a child prodigy, was adapted in 1988 into a film with Shirley MacLaine in the title role.

Ms. Rubens wrote the first of her 25 books when she was 35, to cope with what she later described to The New York Times as "the kind of despair that any intelligent woman has today." She said she thought of writing as therapy.

The daughter of Orthodox Jews, and the lone nonmusician among gifted siblings, Ms. Rubens made family relationships and expectations frequent themes in her stories, placing familiar characters in peculiar circumstances.

Dr. Phyllis Williams Lehmann, 91,

an archaeologist and art historian known for reuniting the hand of one of the icons of Western art, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, with two of its long-lost fingers, died Sept. 29 of congestive heart failure at her home in Haydenville, Mass.

Dr. Lehmann was an authority on the monuments and architecture of Samothrace, a remote, mountainous island in the north Aegean. The island was considered crucial in the development of the art and architecture of the Hellenistic period, which lasted from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. until the mid-first century B.C.

Working on Samothrace in 1949, Dr. Lehmann made one of her most important discoveries, a tall marble statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, dating from the second century B.C. Unearthed in three large pieces, her statue was the third Nike to be found on the island.

Dr. Lehmann's Nike, which had stood atop a building called the Hieron, is on display in a museum on Samothrace.

Joseph T. Zoline, 92,

who looked at a withering mining village nestled in the Colorado Rockies and imagined, then built, the elite ski resort of Telluride, died Sept. 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Telluride, with its Victorian architecture and opera house, had a heady past. Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank there; Big Bill Haywood was jailed for organizing workers; Lillian Gish performed, and William Jennings Bryan delivered his famous "Cross of Gold" speech. In 1900, the mineral wealth had given Telluride more millionaires per capita than Manhattan.

By the 1960s, the mines had grown stingy, and the Ghost Town Club of Colorado was bringing regular expeditions to Telluride. But the beauty of the place remained breathtaking: Telluride, at 8,800 feet above sea level, lies in a huge box canyon of the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, which reach up to 13,000 feet. Waterfalls tumble from the sheer mountain faces. Mr. Zoline, who had owned an Aspen ranch since 1955, showed up in Telluride in 1968.

The postwar ski industry was shifting into high gear, and he figured that Telluride's natural endowments were just the ticket for a successful investment.

Mr. Zoline hired Emile Allais, a French Olympic skier, to help configure runs and lifts. He teamed up with local people. He also worked with ecologists to protect the alpine environment and with local preservationists to protect the historic town.

Telluride opened in the winter of 1972-1973 with five lifts and a day lodge. By then, Mr. Zoline had taken on the Swiss firm Simonius-Vischer as a partner. Three years later, Mr. Zoline opened the Coonskin Lift on the north side of the mountain, connecting the skiing area directly to the town of Telluride.

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