Juan del Regato

Radiation Therapy Pioneer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Juan del Regato, 90, a physician regarded as a pioneer in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer, died June 12. The cause of death was not reported.

In 1949, Dr. del Regato helped start the first training center in the United States dedicated to therapeutic radiation therapy. He also is credited with coordinating the first clinical trials evaluating the success of radiation used to treat inoperable prostate cancer.

Cecilia Danieli

Steel Executive

UDINE, Italy -- Cecilia Danieli, 56, who built her family's steel tool company into an international business, died June 17 of cancer.

Ms. Danieli was nicknamed Italy's "Iron Lady" by the foreign media, who reported on her deals with Iran, Central America and the former Soviet Union. Joining her family's steel toolmaking company when she was young, she rose from administration and sales to eventually become chairman and managing director in 1984.

Under her direction, the family business expanded to include bases in the United States and Italy. It also began selling completely furnished steel plants.

Mario Soldati

Film Director

ROME -- Mario Soldati, 92, a film director and prolific writer of books, poems and screenplays, died June 19 at his home on the Ligurian seacoast, Italian news reports said. The cause of death was not reported.

Although he directed about 30 films from 1931 to 1960, his strongest talent was considered his narrative style of writing, where he often delved into the whimsical strangeness of life in some three dozen works.

His novels won occasional Italian literary prizes but had little commercial success. His first widely recognized book was "Lettere da Capri," written in 1953. He adapted easily to television, working with the medium in the early 1950s in its very first years in Italy. He also was considered the father of Italian TV criticism. Among the more acclaimed of his films were "Piccolo Mondo Antico" and "La Provinciale," based on a novel by Alberto Moravia.