Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

April 12, 2009

CHERIF GUELLAL, 76

Algerian resistance fighter and diplomat

Cherif Guellal, an Algerian resistance fighter, businessman and diplomat who cut a glamorous figure in Washington society and was the longtime companion of a former Miss America, died of leukemia April 7 at a hospital in Algiers.

Mr. Guellal was a veteran of the bloody independence movement that in 1962 secured freedom for his north African country from French rule. After serving as a top lieutenant to Ahmed Ben Bella, the rebel leader-turned-president, Mr. Guellal arrived in Washington as post-colonial Algeria's first ambassador to the United States.

Mr. Guellal became a social success as he settled into the new ambassador's residence, a French chateau-style home called "The Elms." His constant companion was raven-haired Yolande Fox, the Alabama-born Miss America of 1951 and the widow of a movie and TV executive.

The 1967 Arab-Israeli War severed diplomatic ties between the United States and Algeria and ended Mr. Guellal's term as ambassador. He remained Algeria's unofficial representative in Washington while shuttling among homes in Georgetown, Algiers and Paris and consulting for U.S. companies hoping to conduct business in the Arab world.

ARMAND TANNY, 90

Pioneering bodybuilder

Armand Tanny, a pioneering figure in bodybuilding, died April 4 of natural causes in a nursing facility in the Los Angeles area.

Mr. Tanny, the younger brother of gym pioneer Vic Tanny, won the 1949 Pro Mr. America and the 1950 Pro Mr. USA titles in bodybuilding. A competitor in the days before steroids, he credited his wins to diet and hard work. He was a firm believer in the benefits of raw foods.

During the 1950s, he was one of the original nine bodybuilders from Muscle Beach who were part of Mae West's traveling nightclub act.

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