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Of note: Mario di Valmarana, Adrian Paunescu, Gerald H. Long

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Friday, November 5, 2010; 7:46 PM

Mario di Valmarana

U-Va. architecture professor

Mario di Valmarana, 81, an emeritus architecture professor at the University of Virginia who assisted Italian architect Luigi Moretti on the design of the Watergate complex in the 1960s and early 1970s, died Oct. 13 at his home in Venice. No cause of death was reported.

Mr. Valmarana, a native Venetian, joined the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1972 and retired in 2000. He started the school's Venice and Vincenza study-abroad programs.

The university once called him a "leader in architectural preservation," noting his work overseeing the school's preservation program from its start in 1983 until 1994. He had earlier worked to "stabilize the ruins of the Jefferson-designed estate of Gov. James Barbour in Barboursville, Va.," according to a U-Va. publication.

Adrian Paunescu

Romanian poet

Adrian Paunescu, 67, Romania's most famous poet - a man who praised the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu yet remained popular among Romanians - died Nov. 5 at a hospital in Bucharest of multiple organ failure.

Mr. Paunescu, physically huge and a prolific writer, was a larger-than-life character who appeared on television several times a week.

During the Communist era, he wrote flattering poems about Ceausescu. Critics said the poems contributed to the dictator's personality cult.

During the anti-Communist revolt in 1989, in which more than 1,000 people were killed, it was reported that Mr. Paunescu tried to seek refuge at the U.S. Embassy to escape angry protesters. It was not clear whether he was unable to get in or decided to abandon his efforts.

He was best known for his poetry about love and death - and even soccer. His verse could be at time mawkish and melancholy.

Mr. Paunescu was born in the Soviet Union, in what is now Moldova, and moved to Romania as a child. His father was a political prisoner under communism in Romania, which initially led to Mr. Paunescu having problems getting into university.

Gerald H. Long

Tobacco executive

Gerald H. Long, 82, a past chairman and chief executive of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, one of the largest U.S. cigarette companies, died Nov. 3 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He had Lewy Body dementia, a brain disease.

Mr. Long held top executive positions at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in Winston-Salem from 1984 to 1988, when he left the cigarette maker after nearly 20 years. Parent company RJR Nabisco was taken over by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. the same year.

Mr. Long was known for his marketing savvy, having started at the Foote Cone & Belding advertising agency in 1957 before joining Reynolds in 1969 as a brand director for its foods subsidiary RJR Foods. A few years later, he was named vice president of brand operations for RJR Foods. In 1976, he moved to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International as vice president of marketing.

He was a native of Mineola, N.Y., and a business administration graduate of Adelphi University.

After leaving the tobacco company, Mr. Long served as a Forsyth County, N.C., commissioner for eight years and started a garden center.

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