Psychologist and Educator

Robert L. Thorndike, 79, an education professor emeritus of Columbia University and past president of the American Educational Research Association who helped develop widely accepted tests for intelligence in children, died of a heart ailment Sept. 21 at a hospital in Olympia, Wash.

He helped create the Lorge-Thorndike intelligence test, also known as cognitive ability tests, in the 1950s. He also participated in a 1986 revision of the widely used Stanford-Binet intelligence test. He was the author of such books as "Concepts of Over and Under Achievement: Applied Psychometrics" (1963) and "Measurement and Evaluation in Psychology and Intelligence" (1955).

Dr. Thorndike taught psychology for two years at George Washington University before beginning his 50-year career at Columbia University in 1936.


Book Publisher

Edward E. Booher, 79, a former board chairman and president of the McGraw-Hill book publishing company, died of cancer Sept. 24 at a hospital in Princeton, N.J.

He joined McGraw-Hill as a college textbook salesman shortly after his 1936 graduation from Antioch College in Ohio. He held both sales and editorial posts in the firm's technical education department before becoming vice president in 1944. Mr. Booher was named executive vice president in 1954, president in 1960, and was chairman from 1960 to 1968. From 1970 to 1975, he was president of the books and educational services group of McGraw-Hill Inc.


China Expert

The Rev. Lazlo Ladany, 76, whose journal of China-watching made him famous on university campuses and in embassies on both sides of the Iron Curtain, died of cancer Sept. 23 in Hong Kong.

The 1949 revolution in China forced the Hungarian-born Jesuit to flee China. He arrived in the British colony of Hong Kong in 1953 and began publishing China News Analysis, the world's oldest China-watching journal. Operating out of a small room in a student hostel at the University of Hong Kong, he monitored news broadcasts from the mainland.



June Roth, 64, an author of 36 books dealing with popular health topics who was a past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, died of cancer Sept. 23 at a hospital in Englewood, N.J.

Mrs. Roth also wrote a syndicated newspaper column on nutrition and wrote for magazines. She held a master's degree in biochemistry and clinical nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.