Chicago Businessman

Robert H. Lurie, 48, part-owner of the Chicago White Sox American League baseball team and the Chicago Bulls basketball team and one of the nation's richest men, died of cancer June 20 in a hospital in Chicago.

In 1981, Mr. Lurie and Samuel Zell joined the partnership that took over the White Sox and the Bulls. Mr. Lurie sat on the board of directors of both teams.

He and Zell joined forces in 1969 and created a real estate and investment empire. Mr. Lurie, known for obtaining financially troubled companies and turning them around, was president of Equity Group Investments Inc. and Great American Management and Investment Inc. He also sat on the board of directors of Itel Corp. and Nu Corp.


Pioneer Photojournalist

Sir Tom Hopkinson, 85, a pioneer in photojournalism who used stark, unadorned pictures to raise awareness of society's ills and who was knighted in 1978 for his services to journalism, died June 20 in Oxford, England.

The cause of death was not reported.

He specialized in bold, observant photographs and coverage of news and social issues in Britain and abroad that depicted people's lives without gloss or gimmickry.

He was editor of the now defunct magazine Picture Post from 1940 to 1950 and edited the South African magazine Drum, aimed at black readers, from 1958 to 1961.

In Nairobi from 1963 to 1966, he was regional director of the International Press Institute and headed an IPI center to train black journalists.

He later taught at the University of Sussex in England and was director of the Center for Journalism Studies at University College in Cardiff, Wales.


NIH Official

Sidney Blumenthal, 80, an educator, pediatric cardiologist and a former official of the National Institutes of Health who also had served on the ethics committee of the American Heart Association, died of leukemia June 19 at a hospital in New York City.

Dr. Blumenthal served as director of the heart and vascular disease division of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at NIH in the mid-1970s.

Before that, he had taught clinical pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and was a professor of pediatric cardiology and dean of continuing education at the University of Miami School of Medicine.


Antenna Expert

Robert L. Tanner, 69, an internationally noted antenna expert who helped the Voice of America escape Soviet jamming during the 1950s, died June 19 in a sailplane accident near Palo Alto, Calif.

As an adviser to the VOA, he developed new methods for boosting the power of the agency's transmissions aimed at Eastern bloc countries.

Mr. Tanner was the board chairman and founder of TCI International, a company that specialized in shortwave broadcast antennae.