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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Albert E. HennPublic Health Official

Albert E. Henn, a public health official who was working on AIDS projects in Africa, was one of 114 people killed when a Kenya Airways jet crashed in Cameroon on May 5. He was 70.

Dr. Henn, a former lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health, and his wife, Kristan Schoultz, had lived in Africa for the past 20 years, working for health-care and international development agencies. He directed Kenya-based Liverpool VCT, which provides AIDS treatment and testing. Schoultz is the resident coordinator for the United Nations Development Program in Botswana.

Dr. Henn, who received his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1967, spent the past 20 years furthering AIDS education and prevention, improving hospitals and assisting with economic development. He had been a Peace Corps medical officer in Togo in 1968 before working for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

During 1970 and 1971, he served as regional medical officer for the Peace Corps in Washington, where he recruited, hired and trained Peace Corps medical staff and helped to formulate Peace Corps health policies; coordinated international emergency care; represented the Peace Corps with other government agencies; and conducted clinical research.

He worked at Harvard from 1983 to 1992 and then worked in Egypt and Niger on medical projects.

Carl WrightActor

Actor Carl Wright, who began his career as a tap dancer and comedian and later appeared in movies including "Barbershop" and "Big Momma's House," died of cancer May 19 at his home in Chicago. He was 75.

Mr. Wright's film credits also include "Soul Food," "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" and "The Cookout."

He was born in Orlando and as a young man traveled the world working as a tap dancer. He once danced with a one-legged partner as a team called the Three-Leggers, daughter Kia Wright said. He also worked as a comedian, an emcee and a songwriter.

His movie career began late in his life, his daughter said.

"He's done so many things," she said. "He worked with everyone from Elvis Presley to Frank Sinatra."

Wright is survived by his wife, Shirley; three daughters; and a granddaughter.

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