The obituary yesterday for Selina Ottum, a deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, misstated her age. She was 42. (Published 12/8/90)


Underwater Explorer

Simone Cousteau, 71, an accomplished underwater diver whose husband was sea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, died Dec. 2 at her home in Monaco. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Cousteau accompanied her husband, whom she married in 1937, for 40 years on hundreds of expeditions aboard the vessel Calypso. Known by the crew as "the shepherdess," she served as nurse and purser, and sometimes participated in underwater missions.


NEA Deputy

Selina Ottum, 69, a deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, died of cancer Dec. 2 at her home in Portland, Ore.

Mrs. Ottum, a former director of Portland's Metropolitan Arts Commission, was named to one of three NEA deputy chairmanships by Director John E. Frohnmayer in December 1989. She served in Washington for nine months, as manager of programs that gave money to state and local arts agencies, before returning to Portland in September because of illness.


NBME President

John Perry Hubbard, 87, chief executive officer of the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia for 25 years before retiring as president emeritus in 1974, died of pneumonia Nov. 27 at his home in Newtown Square, Pa.

Dr. Hubbard was a graduate of Harvard University and its medical school. He specialized in pediatrics before serving in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania medical school from 1950 to 1966.



Stuart Berg Flexner, 62, an author and lexicographer who was editor in chief of the reference department at Random House from 1980 to 1989, died of cancer Dec. 3 at a hosptial in Greenwich, Conn.

At Random House, Mr. Flexner edited the second edition of the unabridged Random House Dictionary of the English Language. He was author with Harold Wentworth of The Dictionary of American Slang in 1960, author of "I Hear America Talking" in 1976 and "Listening to America" in 1982 and lexicographer of The Oxford American Dictionary in 1980.


Editor and Historian

Eric Larrabee, 68, a historian and an editor at Harper's, American Heritage and Horizon magazines, died of cancer Dec. 4 at his home in New York City.

Mr. Larrabee, who also had been executive director of the New York State Council on the Arts, was the author of three books, including, in 1987, "Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants and Their War." He was co-author, editor or co-editor of five other books, and he taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, and was dean of the Pratt Institute's School of Art and Design.


Award-Winning Author

Benjamin L. Reid, 72, an author, literary critic and teacher who won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for biography, died Nov. 30 at a hospital in South Hadley, Mass. He had a heart attack and several strokes.

Dr. Reid taught English at Mount Holyoke College for 26 years before his retirement in 1983. He was the author of two biographies, including "The Man from New York: John Quinn and His Friends," which won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize.

It is about a New York lawyer who in the 1920s had what was believed to be the world's largest single collection of modern European paintings.


Tito Biographer

Vladimir Dedijer, 76, a World War II Partisan fighter and the author of a biography of Yugoslavia's late communist leader, Josip Broz Tito, died on Nov. 30 at a hospital in Rhinebeck, N.Y., where he had gone for treatment of an eye ailment.

His biography, "Tito Speaks," was published in 1953, five years after Stalin expelled Yugoslavia from the Soviet bloc. It was translated into 36 languages and explained the evolution of Yugoslavia's independent brand of communism.


Archbishop of Havana

The Rev. Francisco Oves Fernandez, 62, the retired Roman Catholic archbishiop of Havana, died of an apparent heart attack Dec. 5 in El Paso, where he was the pastor of Santo Nino de Atocha Catholic Church.

Father Oves was ordained auxiliary bishop of Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1969, and was named archbishop of Havana in 1970 by Pope Paul VI. He retired as archbishop in 1982 and moved to El Paso at the request of the Vatican, said the Rev. Edward Roden-Lucero, a spokesman for the El Paso Catholic Diocese.


Jewish Scholar

Lucy S. Dawidowicz, 75, a scholar of Jewish life and history whose pioneering book, "The War Against the Jews," was considered a landmark study of Nazi genocide, died Dec. 6 in New York City. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Dawidowicz, who held the interdisciplinary chair of Holocaust studies at Yeshiva University, often was at the center of disputes within the Jewish community over the nature of the Holocaust and the responsibility of American Jews for not doing more to prevent it. She was critical of historians who postulated that European Jews were too passive and cowardly in allowing the Holocaust to occur.