Retired Navy Adm. Alfredo Poveda, 64, who led a military junta that ruled Ecuador from 1976 until turning over power to a civilian government in 1979, died June 7 at a hospital in Miami after a heart attack.
He replaced Gen. Guillermo Rodriguez Lara, who four years earlier had overthrown five-term President Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra after the civilian canceled elections and declared himself dictator.
Although Adm. Poveda reached power through the military hierarchy, he set up a system to return the government to civilian power. The constitutional process he helped develop, which allows for a one-house legislature and no presidential reelection, survives today. In 1979, he turned over power to the winner of general elections, Jaime Roldos Aguilera.
MILTON J.E. SENN
Child Psychiatry Pioneer
Milton J.E. Senn, 88, a pioneer in child psychiatry who was chairman of the pediatrics department of the Yale University medical school from 1951 to 1964, then professor of pediatrics and psychiatry until retiring in 1970, died of cancer June 8 at a hospice in Branford, Conn.
He went to Yale in 1948 as head of its Child Study Center. Under his direction, the center became a full department and emphasized an interdisciplinary approach to the problems of childhood. It combined the work of physicians, psychiatrists, social workers and experts in early childhood education.
Dr. Senn was a 1925 graduate of the University of Wisconsin medical school, and did advanced work in pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis. He became a psychiatrist after receiving a two-year fellowship from the Commonwealth Fund and became a psychoanalyst after work at the Philadelphia clinic.
Barbara Baxley, 63, an actress whose career encompassed roles as diverse as Shakespeare in the Park and TV's "Hawaii Five-O," was found dead June 7 in her home in New York City. A spokesman for the New York City medical examiner said she apparently suffered a heart attack.
Her Broadway debut was in 1948 when she played a confused bride in the revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives." She received a Tony nomination in 1960 when she played a different type of bride in Tennessee Williams' play, "A Period of Adjustment." Other Broadway credits include "Whodunnit" in 1983, "The Three Sisters" in 1964 and "She Loves Me" in 1963.
Miss Baxley played Sally Field's mother in the 1979 movie, "Norma Rae." Her other film credits included "Nashville," "Countdown," "No Way to Treat a Lady," and "All Fall Down." She had appeared in numerous television programs, including "Murder, She Wrote," "Playhouse 90" and "Studio One."
Ski Industry Leader
Sepp Ruschp, 81, Austrian-born ski enthusiast credited as a principal builder of the ski industry in the United States, died June 8 in Stowe, Vt. Police said Mr. Ruschp, who had been ill with Parkinson's disease for several months, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He went to Stowe in 1936 to teach skiing at the Mount Mansfield Ski Club and to coach at the University of Vermont and Norwich University. He was responsible for the development of the ski area and resort, retiring as president of the Mount Mansfield Co. in 1978.
He helped shape the careers of such skiers as Billy Kidd, a United States silver medalist in the slalom in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Mr. Ruschp served as an economic advisory board member under five governors and was president of the Vermont Development Credit Corp. He was elected to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1978.
112 Years Old
John Evans, 112, a former Welsh coal miner regarded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest man, died June 10 at his cottage in Forest-fach, near Swansea, Wales. He had a heart ailment.
He went to work in the mines when he was 13 and retired 60 years later only because of a law governing mandatory retirement for miners. He attributed his longevity to not drinking, smoking, swearing or gambling, and to drinking a concoction of honey and hot water each morning.
The 1990 Guinness Book of Records said Mr. Evans was considered the world's oldest living man because he had a birth certificate proving his age.