SALAH HINDAWY,

48, a senior Egyptian diplomat who played an important role in resolving a lingering border dispute between Egypt and Israel and who had been ambassador to Kuwait since Dec. 6, died Jan. 3 in Kuwait after a heart attack.

Since he joined the diplomatic service in 1966, Mr. Hindawy worked in missions in London, Tokyo, the United Nations and Pakistan.

He featured prominently in prolonged talks between Egypt and Israel on the fate of Taba, a 250-acre stretch of beach on the Sinai peninsula that both nations claim. Talks continued for four years until late 1986, when the countries submitted the dispute to international arbitration. A decision is expected this year.

LEO STEINER,

48, coowner of New York City's Carnegie Deli who was known for his corned beef and his cornball kosher humor and who prepared corned beef and pastrami for international statesmen during the 1983 economic summit in Williamsburg, died Dec. 31 at a hospital in New York City. He had a brain tumor.

Mr. Steiner and his principal partner, Milton Parker, recently opened a deli branch in Tysons Corner. The partners bought the Carnegie Deli 12 years ago and made it nationally famous for its food and its clientele. The restaurant, featured in Woody Allen's movie "Broadway Danny Rose," has been frequented by such entertainers as Allen, Henny Youngman and Jackie Mason.

CLEMENTINE HUNTER,

101, a self-taught artist and daughter of former slaves who gained fame for her bright, primitive paintings of plantation life, died Jan. 2 at a hospital in Natchitoches, La. The cause of death was not reported.

She started painting late in life. Before her mid-sixties, she worked in the cotton fields, laundries and kitchens of Louisiana plantations. Even after she won international acclaim for her simple, childlike pictures of flowers, farming and funerals, she continued to live in Melrose in a trailer parked on a rutted, unmarked road.

ROLF PRESTHUS,

51, a lawyer by training who as Conservative Party chairman was Norway's main parliamentary opposition leader and who was a former finance and defense minister, died Jan. 1 at a hospital in Oslo after a stroke.

He had seen his ambitions of becoming prime minister dashed last spring when he failed to oust Gro Harlem Brundtland's minority Labor Party government and form a center-right coalition. After the Conservatives lost ground in September special elections, he announced that he would step down as Conservative chairman at the 1988 party congress.

BILL GIBB,

44, a Scottish fashion designer, whose glamorous clientele included model Twiggy, Bianca Jagger and Elizabeth Taylor, died of cancer Jan. 3 in London.

He won acclaim in the 1970s for his knitwear and his extravagant designs in clinging fabrics and animal skins. After his business collapsed in 1980, he recovered to create small collections for such stores as Harrods in London.

ROBERT N. MILLER,

59, former president and chief executive officer of Getty Oil Co., died Dec. 30 at Big Spring, Tex. The cause of death was not reported.

He joined Getty in 1950 as an engineer trainee in Hobbs, N.M. He retired from Getty, where he also served as a director, in 1984 after the company was sold to Texaco.