Sunday, July 16, 2006

Luis BarraganMattress Firm CEO

Luis Barragan, 34, president and chief operating officer of national bedding retailer 1-800-Mattress, died July 7 while vacationing with his family.

Mr. Barragan, of Queens, N.Y., was swimming in South Pond in Salisbury, Conn., when he experienced cramps and became unable to swim, state police said. His wife and others brought him back to shore and performed CPR, but he was later pronounced dead at Sharon Hospital, police said.

Mr. Barragan oversaw the day-to-day operations of the business, based in Long Island City, N.Y. Under his direction, the company was the first in the industry to launch a Spanish-language call center and Web site to help customers better understand their bedding purchases.

Benjamin HendricksonActor

Benjamin Hendrickson, 55, an Emmy Award-winning actor on the soap opera "As the World Turns," committed suicide with a gunshot to the head, according to police in Suffolk County, N.Y. Called by concerned neighbors to his home in Huntington, N.Y., police officers said they found him in his bed July 3.

Mr. Hendrickson was a member of the first graduating class of the Juilliard School's Drama Division, along with Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone. He appeared on Broadway in the early 1980s as a replacement in the title role of "The Elephant Man" and in the 1984 revival of "Awake and Sing!"

He played Chief of Detectives Hal Munson for more than 20 years on CBS's "As the World Turns," winning a Daytime Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in 2003. His last air date on the show was July 12.

Elias HrawiLebanese President

Elias Hrawi, 81, who as president rebuilt Lebanon after a 15-year civil war but also helped Syria take over his country, died July 7 at the American University of Beirut hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for a chronic illness in recent weeks. No medical cause of death was reported.

A sharp-tongued, energetic Maronite Catholic politician, Mr. Hrawi was elected by parliament to a six-year term in November 1989.

His top mission at the time was to oversee implementation of a peace agreement between warring Muslim and Christian militias brokered by the Arab League to end the conflict and rebuild the shattered country.

John M. ManosFederal Judge

U.S. District Judge John M. Manos, 83, who served on the state and federal benches for 43 years, died July 6 at his Lakewood, Ohio, home. No cause of death was reported.

Mr. Manos worked as a lawyer for 13 years before Gov. James Rhodes selected him in 1963 to fill a vacancy on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland.

In 1969, Mr. Manos was appointed to Ohio's 8th District Court of Appeals, and in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford appointed him to the federal bench. In 1981, Mr. Manos handled Mobil's attempt to acquire Marathon Oil, ruling that the $6.5 billion bid would violate federal antitrust laws. He took senior status with a lighter caseload in 1991.

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