Other deaths of note


December 28, 2006

NELVA DE FALCONE, 76 Argentine activist

Nelva Mendez de Falcone, a pioneering member of an Argentine group that protested disappearances of loved ones during Argentina's "Dirty War," died Monday of a lung problem in La Plata, 30 miles southeast of the capital of Buenos Aires, her family said.

She was one of the first members of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, the famous white-scarved activists who for decades have pressed to learn the fate of their children who vanished during a 1976-83 military dictatorship.

Her 16-year-old daughter, Maria Claudia Falcone, was arrested and tortured in 1976 by the military regime's security services, as were six other students accused of organizing a group demanding reduced public transportation fares. The girl and five other students remain unaccounted for and are believed to have been killed.

In 1977, Mrs. de Falcone joined the Mothers, who had just begun weekly silent marches on the Plaza de Mayo in front of the presidential palace to demand information about their missing children. According to official figures, about 13,000 people disappeared because of the dictatorship's action against dissidents, though human rights groups put the number at 30,000.

JOHN HEATH-STUBBS, 88 Poet and translator

John Heath-Stubbs, a British poet and translator who used classical myth as an inspiration for his verse, died Tuesday at a nursing home in London. The 1973 winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, his works included poetry, plays, criticism and translations, including The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam with Peter Avery in 1979.

A close friend, Guthrie McKie, said Mr. Heath-Stubbs, who slowly lost his eyesight and was blind by 1978, had been diagnosed with lung cancer this year.

Born in London, Mr. Heath-Stubbs earned a degree at Queen's College, Oxford.

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