Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

May 21, 2008

DR. JESSE E. EDWARDS, 96

Cardiologist

Dr. Jesse E. Edwards, a cardiologist who established one of the world's largest collections of hearts to help in the study of heart disease, died Sunday of heart failure, his daughter said.

He was one of a group of Minnesota pioneers in cardiac surgery and medicine who revolutionized the study and treatment of heart problems, said Dr. Victor Tschida, a former student of Dr. Edwards' who is medical director of the Nasseff Heart Center at United Hospital in St. Paul.

Dr. Edwards, a Massachussetts native, graduated from Tufts Medical School. During World War II, he was commander in chief of the Central Medical Laboratories of the European Theater, where he was part of a war crimes team that went into the Dachau concentration camp three days after the Allies liberated it.

In 1946, Dr. Edwards went to work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where in the early 1950s he was a member of the first open-heart surgery team. In 1960, he left for the University of Minnesota, where he taught for many years, and Miller Hospital in St. Paul, now United Hospital.

There, he established what is now known as the Jesse E. Edwards Registry of Cardiovascular Disease, which contains more than 22,000 hearts sent for study from physicians around the world. It is one of the largest collections of its kind and a tremendous resource in the study of heart ailments, Dr. Tschida said.

HUNTINGTON HARTFORD, 97

Grocery heir

Huntington Hartford, the A&P grocery heir who burned through most of a $100 million fortune in a series of fruitless business and cultural endeavors before his life unraveled, died Monday of natural causes at his home in Lyford Cay, Nassau, in the Bahamas, his daughter said.

His free-spending ways and eye for attractive young women made him a favorite of the tabloids in his youth.

He squandered most of his inheritance, about $100 million worth of A&P stock, on a Bahamian resort that he named Paradise Island. He spent $30 million to develop the site and lost millions when forced to sell.

In later years, Mr. Hartford lived on the last of the millions from a trust that was administered for him.

SISTER CATHERINE

MULKERRIN, 73

Handled abuse allegations

Sister Catherine Mulkerrin, who pressed Roman Catholic church leaders in Boston to warn parishioners about priests who had been accused of sexually abusing children, died Saturday at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham, Mass., after a 24-year battle with cancer, said Sister Joanne Gallagher, spokeswoman for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Boston.

As assistant director of the Boston Archdiocesan Office for Victims of Abuse from 1992 to 1994, Sister Catherine received allegations of clergy abuse and dealt directly with victims. She once said that she heard allegations against more than 100 priests.

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