DR. CHOH HAO LI,
74, an endocrinologist and winner of the Lasker Award who discovered human growth hormone and gave thousands of abnormally short children the chance for a more normal life, died of cancer Nov. 28 at a hospital in Berkeley, Calif.
He spent more than 50 years in the University of California system, teaching at Berkeley before joining UC at San Francisco, where he was director of the molecular endocrinology lab at the time of his death. His last major accomplishment was the discovery of beta-endorphin, the most powerful of the body's natural painkillers.
In more than 50 years of research in the University of California system, Dr. Li helped discover eight of the nine critical hormones produced by the pituitary gland. In 1955, he discovered the human growth hormone, which, as the name implies, stimulates the growth of children and adolescents. The substance was synthesized and is used to treat children suffering from a form of dwarfism caused by a growth hormone deficiency.
J. HOWARD PYLE,
81, a broadcaster who went on to serve as governor of Arizona from 1951 to 1955 and then became an aide to President Eisenhower, died Nov. 29 at a hospital in Tempe, Ariz., after a stroke.
He had served two terms as governor, becoming the first Republican to hold the post in 22 years. In 1950, he and his campaign manager, Barry Goldwater, traveled 26,000 miles in an uphill campaign for governor. He was elected by 3,000 votes, even though 225,000 of the state's 275,000 voters were registered as Democrats. He was reelected in 1952, but was defeated for a third term in 1954. Political observers attributed his defeat to a nocturnal raid on a polygamous community on the Utah border.
After his defeat, Gov. Pyle headed to Washington for a four-year stint as deputy assistant to Eisenhower for federal-state relations. He also was president of the National Safety Council and chairman of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act's National Advisory Committee.
ABRAHAM (CHICK) KAZEN,
68, a Democrat who represented a south Texas district in the House of Representatives for 18 years before he was defeated in the 1984 primary by Albert Bustamante, died Nov. 29 at a hospital in Austin, Tex. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Kazen was elected to Congress in 1966 after serving in the Texas state Senate from 1952 to 1966, and in the state House of Representatives from 1947 until 1952. He was an Army Air Forces pilot during World War II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, India and Burma.
ROBERT P. PARKER,
70, who was president of Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music in Winchester from 1969 to 1982, who had been head of the Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal for four years before that, died Nov. 29 in Richmond. The cause of death was not reported.
During the early 1970s, he presided over the merger of Shenandoah College and the Conservatory of Music. In 1982, he became director of Educational Institutions for the Virginia United Methodist Conference. He held that post until June, when he was appointed pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Vienna, Austria. He returned to Richmond last month.
BISHOP JOSEF VRANA,
82, the apostolic administrator of Olomouc in Moravia who was one of only three Roman Catholic prelates in Czechoslovakia, died Nov. 30 after a heart attack. Ceteka, the official Czech news agency, which carried news of his death, did not say where he died.
The death of Bishop Vrana, who had been consecrated a bishop in 1973, increased the number of vacant bishoprics in Czechoslovakia to 11. The country's remaining bishops are reported to be in ill health.
E.E. (BUDDY) FOGELSON,
87, a Texas philanthropist who made his fortune as an oil-field wildcatter and who had been the husband of actress Greer Garson since 1949, died Dec. 1 at a hospital in Dallas. He had Parkinson's disease.
He received undergraduate and law degrees from Texas Christian University while roughnecking in oil fields, a job he held beginning at age 17. He was a colonel on the staff of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower during World War II and later was appointed by President Truman to the Allied Commission on Reparations.