Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

June 21, 2005

Larry Collins, 75, an American journalist who was co-author of the book Is Paris Burning?, died in Paris on Monday of a cerebral hemorrhage, co-author and neighbor Dominique Lapierre told the Associated Press.

They wrote numerous books together during a four-decade-long collaboration, including O Jerusalem, published in 1971, and their last book, Is New York Burning?, published last year.

Is Paris Burning?, published in 1964, has become a classic of the Nazi occupation of the French capital during World War II. It recounted a story of Hitler's plan to destroy the French capital should it fall into the hands of the Allies.

The book was made into a movie by French director Rene Clement in 1966 with French and American stars, including Charles Boyer, Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles and Glenn Ford, and became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Francis Ford Coppola and Gore Vidal co-wrote the screenplay.

Born in 1929 in West Hartford, Conn., Mr. Collins was a foreign correspondent for United Press International based in Paris, Rome, Cairo and Beirut in the 1950s. He left the wire agency for Newsweek and was the magazine's Paris bureau chief from 1961 to 1965.

He served in the Army, based at the Allied Headquarters in Paris, from 1953-1955, and met Mr. Lapierre during that time.

Gene Alan Ford, 77, an award-winning wine writer and tireless advocate of moderate drinking, died June 10 at a Seattle hospital of complications after heart surgery, relatives said.

Mr. Ford often promoted the virtues of responsible consumption of alcohol and wrote eight books, typically concluding each piece with the same toast he used in person, "To your health."

He was named Wine Writer of the Year by the Wine Appreciation Guild in 2001, and his book The Science of Healthy Drinking received an international award for Best Wine Literature of 2003. His books and other writings on wine and moderate drinking were produced after he retired at age 60.

Cardinal Jaime Sin, 76, one of Asia's most prominent religious leaders and a key figure in the "people power" revolts that ousted two Philippine presidents, died Tuesday.

The cardinal had been in ill health for years and retired as Manila archbishop in November 2003. He was unable to attend the Vatican conclave that chose a new pope in April.

The Rev. Jun Sescon, Cardinal Sin's spokesman, told DZBB radio that he was hospitalized Sunday with a high fever and suffered multiple organ failure.

Cardinal Sin was the Philippines' moral compass, known for his vocal stances on everything from birth control to poverty, politics and the U.S.-led war in Iraq. When he spoke, presidents listened.

He stepped down as head of the Manila archdiocese, which he served for nearly three decades, after reaching the retirement age of 75. Declining health forced him to curtail his appearances, but he still remained a staunch guardian of democracy.

Nanna Ditzel, 81, a leading Danish designer who won international acclaim for her sleek and functional furniture, died Friday at a hospital in Copenhagen after a short illness, friends of the family told Danish media.

She was one of the most famous names in Danish furniture design and remained active until early this year.

Ms. Ditzel worked in materials ranging from fiberglass to foam rubber to make tables, chairs and sofas for homes and offices. She also designed silver for Danish jeweler Georg Jensen.

Born in Copenhagen, she held an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker before graduating from the School of Arts and Crafts in the Danish capital in 1946. She married architect Joergen Ditzel that year, and they established a design studio.

Georgie Woods, 78, a radio broadcaster who introduced Philadelphia to the sounds of Stevie Wonder and the Temptations and took part in the 1960s civil-rights movement, died Saturday in Boynton Beach, Fla., of an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Woods came to Philadelphia from New York in 1953 and went on to use the airwaves of WDAS-AM and WHAT-AM to bring the city emerging talents on the radio and such performers as James Brown and Aretha Franklin to the city's landmark Uptown Theater.

He marched in Selma, Ala., with Martin Luther King Jr. and helped charter 21 buses to bring Philadelphians to King's historic 1963 march on Washington.

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