Church Leader

Thomas F. Zimmerman, 78, a retired general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal denomination that has more than 2 million adherents in the United States and more than 15 million members and adherents worldwide, died Jan. 2 at a hospital in Springfield, Mo. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Zimmerman was elected to the church's highest office in 1959 and served longer in the position than anyone else, retiring in 1985. During that time, membership in the church, which is based in Springfield, grew from 8,239 churches with 503,632 members to 10,582 churches with 1,189,243 members.


Museum Director

Sir David Piper, 72, an internationally known art historian and museum director, died Dec. 29 at his home in Wytham, England. He had emphysema.

From 1964 to 1985, Sir David directed three of Britain's finest museums, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Ashmolean in Oxford and the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge. His most widely praised books and art catalogues included "The English Face" in 1957, a study of portraits and the relationship between artist and model, and "Companion Guide to London," published in 1964, which is ranked among the best guides to the city. He also wrote novels under the pseudonym Peter Towry.


Italian Architect

Giovanni Michelucci, 99, who was considered the father of modern Italian architecture, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 31 at his home in Rome.

Mr. Michelucci came to fame in 1933 when the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini chose his "rationalist" design for the Florence train station. He was still working shortly before his death and his design was chosen for the renovation of Florence's renowned Uffizi Gallery.


Reputed IRA Leader

Daithi O Conaill, 53, reputed chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army during the 1970s, died Jan. 1 at his home in Dublin, the Sinn Fein party, the legal political wing of the IRA, announced. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. O Conaill reputedly joined the IRA at age 18 and was prominent in the establishment of the movement's hard-line provisional wing in 1972. He was said to have perfected the use of the car bomb, one of the main IRA weapons in the early stages of its campaign to drive the British out of the predominantly Protestant province and unite it with the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Irish Republic.



Edmond Jabes, 78, the Egyptian-born Jewish writer known for his meditations on exile and Judaism, died of heart ailments Jan. 2 at his home in Paris.

Mr. Jabes, winner of the National Grand Prize for Poetry in 1987, authored many books of poetry and essays including "Le Livre des Questions" (The Book of Questions), an anthology of philosophical musings written during a 10-year period. He was forced to leave his native Egypt in 1957, when President Gamal Abdel Nasser drove the Jewish community from his country. The experience inspired his meditations on exile and his Jewish identity.



Felipe Benito Archuleta, 80, whose wooden animal carvings are featured in museums throughout the United States, died of a brain tumor Jan. 1 in Tesque, N.M.

Mr. Archuleta, a former ranch hand who never completed the second grade, received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in 1979. His work is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the De Menil Collection in Houston, the Museum of American Folk Art in New York and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M.