German Billionaire

Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis, 64, a German banker and beer brewer who was one of Europe's richest men, died Dec. 14 at a hospital in Munich, Germany, from complications after his second heart transplant in seven weeks.

The prince began building a diversified business empire around the family bank. Forbes magazine ranked him as West Germany's second-richest man in 1989 with businesses from beer brewing to forestry as well as financial services. Manager, a German business magazine, reported in February that his holdings were worth $1.5 billion.


Food Chemist

Abraham Goodman, 80, a food chemist who developed an inexpensive process for refining sugar from beets during World War II, died Dec. 10 in San Antonio, after surgery for a heart ailment.

In addition to the sugar refining process, he helped develop the flavor enhancer Accent and Downy Flake Frozen Waffles while working for D.C.A. Food Industries in New York City.


TV Producer

Jerry B. Wheeler, 44, a television producer who worked on variety shows for Carol Burnett and the Smothers Brothers, died Dec. 8 in Los Angeles. He had AIDS.

He coordinated production for the CBS-TV variety series "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Red Skelton Show" and the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." He also created and co-produced annual media awards shows for the Alliance for Gay & Lesbian Artists.