Los Angeles Publisher

Ruth Brummel Washington, 76, publisher of Los Angeles's leading black newspaper, the Los Angeles Sentinel, died of cancer Nov. 30 at a hospital in Hollywood.

Mrs. Washington, who was born in Salina, Kan., moved to Los Angeles in 1940, where she married Sentinel founder and civil rights activist Leon H. Washington. The paper, which was founded in 1933, reached a peak circulation of 56,000 in the 1960s. In recent years circulation has slipped to about 25,000.

Mrs. Washington briefly took over the newspaper when her husband became ill in 1948, then served as business manager. She was named publisher after her husband died in 1974. Under her, the Sentinel emphasized coverage of urban community issues and events and civil rights.


Catholic Prelate

Cardinal Wladyslaw Rubin, 73, a Polish-born prelate who headed the Vatican's Congregation for Eastern Churches, died Nov. 28 in Vatican City. The cause of death was not reported.

Cardinal Rubin was ordained in 1946 and became a bishop 18 years later. He was responsible for the pastoral care of Poles living abroad. He was elevated to cardinal in 1979 and served as secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops.