Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

December 17, 2004

Pauline Gore, 92, whose son Al became vice president and nearly won the presidency and whose husband had a long career in Congress, died Wednesday at her home in Carthage, Tenn. She had been weakened in recent years by strokes and a heart attack.

Trained as a lawyer, Pauline Gore was a familiar figure on the campaign trails of her husband, Albert Gore Sr., and her son, former Vice President Al Gore. She played a central role in shaping her husband's campaign strategy. Gore Sr. was a liberal Democrat who served in the House from 1939 to 1953 and in the Senate from 1953 to 1970, and aspired to the presidency. He died in 1998.

Pauline Gore campaigned for her son when he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for president in 1988. During the 1992 campaign, she and her husband campaigned for the Clinton-Gore ticket. They made a seven-week bus tour with many of the stops at senior citizens gatherings.

She worked her way through Vanderbilt University's law school as a waitress, meeting her future husband at the coffee shop where she worked. In 1936, she became one of the law school's first female graduates.

Bernarda Bryson Shahn, 101, a painter and illustrator who also supported the career of her renowned artist husband, Ben Shahn, died Monday. She died at her home in Roosevelt, an artists colony in Monmouth County, N.J., where she had lived since 1939.

She worked in several media but gained early recognition for her lithographs.

In 1932, she met her future husband during a trip to New York, where she interviewed artist Diego Rivera. A cross-country trip followed, during which she worked on illustrations and lithographs, many of which portrayed the disappearing American frontier. Two years later, she was invited to set up the lithograph operations for the U.S. Resettlement Administration.

Shahn wrote and illustrated children's books, including The Zoo of Zeus and Gilgamesh. Her portraits of celebrities appeared regularly in several national magazines. Her husband, a foremost artist of the 1930s, made his reputation painting realistic New York scenes from the Great Depression. He died in 1969.

Jamil Assad, 71, the youngest brother of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad, died Wednesday.

Assad had struggled with a chronic illness, Lebanon's official National News Agency said. There was no official announcement in Syria, but sources in Damascus said Assad died at a French hospital where he was being treated for about a month.

Assad, the uncle of current President Bashar Assad, has not played a significant political role in recent years despite being a member of Parliament since 1971.

During the early 1980s, he headed an Alawite religious organization called Al-Murtada that sought to convert Syrians to the Alawite religion, raising the ire of the secular ruling Baath Party in Syria. The organization was banned by Hafez Assad in 1983.

In recent years, Assad headed the national security committee in Parliament and spent his time between Damascus and Qardaha, the Assads' hometown 210 miles northwest of Damascus.

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