Syrian Poet

Omar Abu Riche, 80, a Syrian poet whose lyric, often patriotic verses are known throughout the Arab world, died July 14. The Syrian Culture Ministry, which announced his death, did not say where he died or report the cause of his death.

His Arabic poems included love songs, history and observations on nature and foreign lands. He also wrote verses in English and Spanish, which were published in countries where he served as a diplomat. His most famous lines, written in colonial times, told Arabs that:

Our manhood commands us to make a bridge with our bodies

So our comrades can pass over.

After independence, he spent 25 years in Syria's diplomatic service, holding ambassadorships or senior posts in Brazil, Argentina, India, Chile, Austria and the United States.


Medal of Honor Winner

George L. Mabry Jr., 72, a retired Army general who won the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor, in Germany's Huertgen Forest during World War II, died of cancer July 13 at a hospital in Columbia, S.C. He lived in Columbia.

He was cited for his actions during heavy fighting in November 1944. The award called attention to his clearing a path through an enemy minefield, killing three Germans and capturing another nine, and injuring yet another with his rifle butt. He had landed with the 4th Infantry Division on Normandy's Utah Beach on D-Day.

Gen. Mabry's postwar career included four years as commanding American general in the Panama Canal Zone. In the late 1960s, he commanded American support forces in Vietnam.


TV Producer

William James Burrud, 65, a producer and narrator of television nature, travel and documentary programs, died July 12 at his home in Sunset Beach, Calif., after a heart attack.

His prime-time series included "Animal World," which ran from 1968 to 1971 on ABC, NBC and CBS. Two of his documentaries, "New! Animal World" and "Animal Odyssey," are now playing on the cable Discovery Channel. He also was to host and produce a new Discovery Channel series, "Sea Mammals."


Philippine General

Alejandro Galido, 54, a Philippine Army brigadier general who implicated Imelda Marcos and an American in a failed December coup, died of cancer July 15 in Manila.

He gave up his post as chief of the military's southern Luzon command in December after he was linked to the bloody nine-day coup attempt. During the coup, 113 people were killed and President Corazon Aquino was nearly toppled. Later, according to service officials, Gen. Galido infiltrated ranks of military dissidents to spy on them for the government.

Gen. Galido was born in the Antique province. He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1958 and served primarily in intelligence positions. He had served with the Philippine contingent in Vietnam during the 1960s.


Capital Cities-ABC Official

Joseph P. Dougherty, 66, who retired in 1988 as an executive vice president and director of Capital Cities-ABC Inc., died July 14 at a hospital in Point Pleasant, N.J., after an apparent heart attack.

He joined what was then Capital Cities in 1959 as general manager of WPRO-TV in Providence, R.I., and was named a vice president later that year. He was appointed executive vice president of television and radio in 1966, and named president of the broadcasting division in 1969.