Deaths Elsewhere

March 20, 2005

Sol M. Linowitz,

91, a diplomat, lawyer and businessman who played key roles in Middle East peace negotiations and the Panama Canal treaty during the Carter administration, died Friday at his home in Washington.

The one-time chairman of Xerox Corp. was ambassador to the Organization of American States during the Johnson administration and in 1977 helped negotiate the historic transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama. He also represented President Carter in Middle East peace negotiations that followed the 1978 Camp David accords.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. He wrote two books: The Making of a Public Man: A Memoir, and The Betrayed Profession, in which he lamented what he saw as the decline of the legal profession.

Andre Norton,

93, a science fiction and fantasy author who wrote the popular Witch World series, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at her home in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Born Alice Mary Norton in Cleveland, she wrote more than 130 books in many genres during her career of nearly 70 years. She used a pen name - which she made her legal name in 1934 - because she expected to be writing mostly for young boys and thought a male name would help sales.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recently created the Andre Norton Award for young adult novels, and the first award will be presented in 2006. She was the first woman to receive the Grand Master of Fantasy Award from the SFWA in 1977, and she won the Nebula Grand Master Award in 1984.

Her last complete novel, Three Hands of Scorpio, is set to be released next month.

Herbert L. Seegal,

89, whose analytical approach to courting shoppers at R.H. Macy & Co. helped start the chain's move to an upscale market in the 1970s and who trained several of its future leaders, died Tuesday of pneumonia in New York City.

As R.H. Macy's president and chief operating officer from 1972 to 1980, he made stocking his stores a diagnostic exercise. While many other department store executives relied largely on their personal tastes and instincts, he sought facts, figures, context and demographics.

Jeanette Schmid,

80, a professional whistler who once shared a stage with Frank Sinatra, died of the flu March 10 in Vienna.

Ms. Schmid, better known as Baroness Lips von Lipstrill, was born a man in what now is the Czech Republic. She underwent a gender change in 1964 in Cairo, where she lived for 15 years.

She embarked on a whistling career during a visit to Tehran to perform for the Shah of Iran. She continued performing in recent years and was a popular performer on cruises, where she delighted audiences by hitting the high C.

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