Other notable deaths

Other notable deaths

January 19, 2007

BO YIBO, 98 Leader in Tiananmen protests

The last of the "Eight Immortals" who led China through economic reforms and the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests has died, an official news agency reported Tuesday. Hong Kong's Phoenix Satellite Television, which has close ties to Beijing, said Mr. Bo died Monday at a hospital in the Chinese capital.

The father of China's commerce minister, he was a veteran of the 1949 communist revolution and a former vice premier. He was the last of the "Eight Immortals," the group of revolutionary veterans who included supreme leader Deng Xiaoping, and led China through the launch of economic reforms in 1979 and the upheaval of 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.

Mr. Bo, a conservative, was believed to be a supporter of the decision to use soldiers to crush the protests. He was close to Mr. Deng and supported faster economic liberalization, warning that China's future hinged on greater prosperity.

Like many of his peers, Mr. Bo was humiliated during the 1966-1976 ultraleftist Cultural Revolution, when Red Guards smashed and looted his home. His family endured a decade of poverty and disgrace before Mr. Bo was rehabilitated in 1978. His eldest son, Bo Xilai, is a rising political star who was named commerce minister in early 2004 after serving as mayor of the northeastern city of Dalian.

EVHEN KUSHNARYOV, 55 Governor in Ukraine

Mr. Kushnaryov, a prominent lawmaker and ally of Ukraine's Prime Minister Viktor F. Yanukovych, died Wednesday of gunshot wounds suffered while hunting, a Health Ministry spokeswoman said.

A former governor of the eastern Kharkiv region, he was shot Tuesday while hunting with a group of friends, spokeswoman Uliana Lozan said.

Ukrainian media reported that Mr. Kushnaryov was shot at the end of a day of hunting in eastern Ukraine, after the group saw a wolf near their cars and got out to shoot at it. A doctor at a hospital where he was treated, Alexander Tishchenko, said he had been shot in the stomach, intestines, liver and a kidney.

Authorities opened a criminal investigation but said the shooting appeared to be an accident.

Mr. Kushnaryov was a major political figure in Ukraine. In the 450-seat parliament, he served as the deputy faction leader of Yanukovych's Party of Regions, the largest parliamentary faction.

RICHARD MUSGRAVE, 96 Harvard University economist

Mr. Musgrave, who advised governments ranging from the United States to Myanmar on public finance and taxation, died Monday at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif.

The German native began advising governments in the 1940s. He led tax reform commissions in Colombia and Bolivia, and advised governments in Chile, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Japan and South Korea, according to Harvard.

He also served as a consultant to the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve's board of governors and the World Bank.

Among his influential books were The Theory of Public Finance: A Study in Public Economy (1958), and Public Finance in Theory and Practice (1973), written with his wife and fellow economist Peggy Boswell Musgrave.

Mr. Musgrave taught at Swarthmore College, the University of Michigan, the Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University before joining Harvard in 1965 as an economics professor.

HARVEY COHEN, 55 Composer for films, TV

Mr. Cohen, an Emmy Award-winning composer and orchestrator who created music for films and TV shows including Dallas and Sex and the City, died Sunday in Los Angeles after a heart attack.

He received Emmy Awards for his musical direction and composition work in two animated shows, The Adventures of Batman and Robin: A Bullet For Bullock and Disney's Aladdin.

Among the films and television shows for which Cohen created music were Sex and The City, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, The Wonder Years, Dallas and Down With Love. He also arranged music for recording artists including Kenny G and the Irish Tenors.

RENE RIFFAUD, 108 World War I veteran

Mr. Riffaud, one of France's last World War I veterans, has died, leaving just three known French survivors of the 1914-1918 conflict. Mr. Riffaud died overnight Tuesday, said Marie-Georges Vingadassalon, a spokeswoman for the National Veterans Office.

Of the three surviving World War I veterans, the oldest - Louis de Cazenave - is 109, according to the veterans office. Only belatedly, last year, did France recognize Mr. Riffaud as a veteran of the war, giving him an official veteran's card after his granddaughter brought his case to the government's attention.

The Veterans Office said he was born Dec. 12, 1898, in Tunisia and joined a colonial artillery unit in April 1917. He told Associated Press he was in a village in eastern France when the war ended Nov. 11, 1918.

Commemorations nationwide are expected to mark the death of the last member of France's revered club of officially recognized "poilus" - meaning hairy or tough - as it calls its veterans from the war.

IMOGENE BOWEN, 71 Upper Skagit Tribe leader

Ms. Bowen, who overcame poverty and alcoholism to become a leader in her American Indian tribe and a prominent Democratic Party activist, died of cancer Jan. 5 at her home in Mount Vernon, Wash. She was former chairwoman of the Skagit County Democrats, president of the Washington State Rainbow Coalition and a member of former Gov. Mike Lowry's "Citizen Cabinet."

She was taken at age 10 from her family to a government boarding school in Oregon, where tribal customs and language were banned, her son said. She later overcame hard times, drinking and her own doubts to become a founding member of an intertribal housing authority and helped the Upper Skagit Tribe secure land where about one-third of the members now live.

Ms. Bowen earned a earned a degree in political science with honors from Western Washington University.

She was a delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention, serving as a floor whip.

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