Other Deaths Of Note


November 20, 2006

Frank Durkan, 76

Lawyer and writer

Frank Durkan, who carved out a reputation as a fierce and clever defender of Irish nationalists, died from complications of a lung infection Thursday in Greenwich, Conn.

He was a scion of the O'Dwyer political dynasty, founded by William O'Dwyer, who immigrated from County Mayo in Ireland in 1910 and became mayor of New York City. Mr. Durkan hopscotched among the nation's courtrooms, fighting tenaciously for the interests and rights of Irish-Americans who came into conflict with the law because of their involvement in the tangled politics of Northern Ireland.

MANUEL D. MORENO, 75 Roman Catholic bishop

Bishop emeritus Manuel D. Moreno, 75, the son of a migrant farm worker who rose to become the nation's sixth Hispanic bishop and led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson for 21 years, died Friday in Tucson, Ariz., after a long battle with prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease.

Bishop Moreno, who as a teenager worked alongside his father picking walnuts and oranges, was ordained in 1961 and in 1976 became the nation's sixth Hispanic priest elevated to bishop status, chosen by Pope Paul VI.

YURI LEVADA, 76 Soviet sociologist

Yuri Levada, 76, a pioneering sociologist who was shut out of his profession in Soviet times but came back to track public opinion as Russia made the transition from communism, died Thursday of a heart attack in Moscow.

Mr. Levada began his career under Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev, whose political "thaw" allowed him to carry out the first public opinion surveys.

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