Other notable deaths


May 02, 2006

Harvey Bullock, 84, a writer for The Andy Griffith Show and other television comedies, died April 23 at a hospital in Laguna Beach, Calif., of age-related illnesses.

Born in North Carolina, Mr. Bullock graduated from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in English. He served in the Navy during World War II, writing and transmitting fake radio messages designed to mislead the Germans.

He spent five years writing for The Andy Griffith Show. In the late 1960s, he and writing partner Ray Allen collaborated on the screenplays for the comedy movies Who's Minding the Mint?, With Six You Get Eggroll and Don't Drink the Water, which was adapted from a Woody Allen play.

The pair also worked together on scripts for such TV series as The Flintstones, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Hogan's Heroes. They were executive producers of Love, American Style and creators and executive producers of the early 1970s animated series Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.

Bishop Charles G. Maloney, 93, who served in the Archdiocese of Louisville for nearly 70 years, died Sunday, church officials said. He was 93.

He became an auxiliary bishop in 1955 and served under three archbishops, including current Archbishop Thomas Kelly.

In 1995, Bishop Maloney was named the first titular bishop of Bardstown, an announcement that was made on his 40th anniversary as a bishop. He had retired as auxiliary bishop in 1988, but remained active in the Priests' Council and the College of Consultors, which advised Archbishop Kelly.

According to the Archdiocese of Louisville, Bishop Maloney confirmed more than 80,000 Roman Catholics during his career.

Paul Spiegel, a journalist and activist who fled the Nazis as a child during World War II and returned to Germany to eventually become the influential - and at times contentious - head of its main Jewish organization, died of cancer Saturday at a hospital in Duesseldorf. He suffered a heart attack in February.

In 2003, Mr. Spiegel and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder sealed a historic agreement that put the Jewish community on a legal par with Germany's main Christian churches.

The accord, signed on the 58th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, tripled the annual government funding for the council to $3.8 million.

To escape persecution under the Nazis, his family fled to Belgium in 1939 - the year Germany invaded Poland to start World War II - and the young Mr. Spiegel was hidden by Catholic farmers.

After the war, he returned to Warendorf, Germany, where he became a volunteer journalist on Allgemeine Juedische Wochenzeitung, a new weekly Jewish newspaper that is now published as Juedische Allgemeine.

He was an editor at the newspaper from 1958 to 1965, when he became assistant to the secretary-general of the Central Council of Jews and editor of the Jewish Press Service.

After years of work with the Jewish community in Duesseldorf, Mr. Spiegel was named a vice president of the council in 1993 and president in 2000.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer, 81, who chronicled Indonesia's battle for independence against the Dutch in a quartet of sharply drawn novels written in prison, died Sunday at the family home in Jakarta.

Mr. Pramoedya, who was known by his first name, had suffered from complications of diabetes and heart disease. He asked to leave the hospital Saturday, said his daughter, Astuti Ananta.

A sympathizer with the downtrodden and an unwavering critic of Indonesia's elite, Mr. Pramoedya is best known for the Buru Quartet, the four-volume story of a young, ambitious Javanese political activist and journalist who comes of age in the waning years of Dutch colonialism.

The four books - This Earth of Mankind, Child of All Nations, Footsteps and House of Glass - were banned by the Suharto government. Translated into more than 20 languages, the novels were widely acclaimed

In all, Mr. Pramoedya, a small, slender man who was frail much of his life, wrote more than 30 works, including novels, short stories, long articles, short nonfiction pieces and a memoir of his years as a political prisoner on the arid Indonesian island of Buru.

He was held without charges for 14 years on Buru, then kept under house arrest in Jakarta until 1992. But Mr. Pramoedya, fearful that he would not be allowed back into the country if he traveled abroad, did not dare leave Indonesia until Mr. Suharto was swept from power in 1998.

He made his first visit to the United States in 1999 to coincide with the publication in English of The Mute's Soliloquy, a memoir of his years in the hard-labor prison that details survival through foraging for worms and snakes.

Jean-Francois Revel, 82, a philosopher, eclectic writer and journalist whose commentaries on the state of France and the world were a mainstay of the French media, died Sunday at a hospital south of Paris.

President Jacques Chirac hailed Mr. Revel as a "demanding and vigilant guardian of democracy. He taught us never to take it for granted."

Mr. Revel wrote about 30 books on subjects including poetry, gastronomy and politics. He became known in later years for his conservative position and pro-American stance as editor in chief of the news weekly L'Express and as a commentator at that magazine and, later, at rival Le Point.

Known as a bon vivant with gourmet tastes, he was appointed one of the 40 immortals of the Academie Francaise, a watchdog of the French language, in 1997.

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