Other Notable Deaths

November 23, 2007

MERLE A. SANDE, 68 AIDS treatment pioneer

Dr. Merle A. Sande, a leading infectious-diseases expert whose early recognition of the looming public health crisis posed by AIDS led to the development of basic protocols for how to handle infected patients, died Nov. 14 at his home in Seattle.

The cause was multiple myeloma, his family said.

In 1981, while chief of medical services at San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Sande (pronounced SAN-dee) and his colleagues began to note an ominous incidence of young men being admitted with pneumonia, cancers and other serious illnesses, some of which defied easy diagnosis.

Facing an influx of distressed patients, Dr. Sande realized that San Francisco was in the opening stages of an epidemic, the health crisis now known as AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

With Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, Dr. Paul A. Volberding and others, Dr. Sande developed what became known as the "San Francisco model" for AIDS treatments.

FRANCINE PARKER, 81 Directed anti-war film

Francine Parker, director of an anti-Vietnam War documentary film that mixed footage of spoofing entertainers, including Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, with interviews with disillusioned soldiers, died Nov. 8 near her home in Los Angeles.

The cause was heart failure, said Jay Stephens Rodriguez, a friend of Ms. Parker's who was technical director for FTA.

The film is based on a 1971 tour to entertain members of the military. Its title "stood for `Free the Army' -- publicly," Mr. Rodriguez said in an interview Wednesday. "The troops had another phrase."

The film was released in July 1972 and shown at selected theaters around the country. But in less than a week it was pulled from distribution.

IRVING BLUESTONE, 90 Union negotiator

Irving Bluestone, chief negotiator for more than 400,000 workers at General Motors in the 1970s and an advocate of worker participation in management, died Nov. 17 at his home in Brookline, Mass.

The cause was heart failure, said his son, Barry.

A protege of Walter P. Reuther, president of the United Automobile Workers from 1946 to 1970, Mr. Bluestone was vice president of the UAW's General Motors department from 1970 to 1980. In addition to leading GM negotiations, he led strikes at individual plants.

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