53, president of the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 1981 who was a past president of the Spanish Red Cross, died Sept. 6 in Rome after an apparent heart attack.

The league is composed of 145 national Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations and coordinates world help in natural disasters. Mr. de la Mata, a lawyer and former Spanish diplomat, was elected president in 1981 and again in 1985 to a second four-year term. Earlier, he held parliamentary and government posts in Spain.


86, a former director-general of the British Broadcasting Corp. and editor of The Times of London who was editor-in-chief of Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1968 and 1969, died Sept. 6 at Jersey in the Channel Islands. The cause of death was not reported.

Sir William was a director of Reuters, the London-based international news agency, and of Britain's domestic news agency, Press Association, from 1939 to 1943. He was appointed editor-in-chief of the BBC in 1943 and became director-general the next year, serving in that post until 1952. After that, he spent 14 years as editor of The Times and one year as chairman of Times Newspapers Ltd.


79, a leading pro-Solidarity Roman Catholic cleric who was known for his sermons denouncing Marxism and Soviet influence in Poland, died in Warsaw Sept. 10 after a stroke.

He frequently demanded an end to political repression and the restoration of Solidarity's rights. Fr. Bogucki was ordained as a priest in 1935 and was active in the Polish underground resistance movement during the World War II Nazi occupation.