Michael Hooker

University Chancellor

Michael Hooker, 53, the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was hailed as a visionary who wanted to use technology to change education, died June 29 after battling cancer.

He was diagnosed in January with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and took a two-month leave of absence in April to concentrate on his treatment. He began working from home after treatment at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda for cancer of the lymph system.

A 1969 graduate of the university in Chapel Hill, Dr. Hooker was a philosophy professor at Harvard University from 1973 to 1975, after receiving master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He was a professor and dean of undergraduate and graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University from 1975 to 1982.

He was president of Bennington College in Vermont from 1982 to 1986 and president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County from 1986 to 1992.

He was president of the University of Massachusetts system from 1992 to 1995.

Mary Brogan

Health Activist

Mary Brogan, 44, the wife of Florida Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan and an activist in the fight against breast cancer, died of the disease June 27 at a hospital in Tallahassee.

The Brogans, who married in 1976, were high school sweethearts in her native Cincinnati. After moving to Florida, she taught third grade and became an assistant school principal.

Mrs. Brogan had worked recently to promote breast cancer awareness. She led a women's 5K race to benefit survivors and made calls of support to breast cancer patients.

Catholicos Garegin I

Church Leader

Catholicos Garegin I, 66, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, died June 29, three days before a planned meeting with an envoy sent by Pope John Paul II. He died of larynx cancer in his residence in the town of Echmiadzin, Armenia, the church said. He had a tumor in his larynx removed at a U.S. hospital late last year.

Earlier this summer, the Armenian church canceled a trip by Pope John Paul II to Armenia because of the catholicos's failing health.

The Vatican had scheduled a July 2 to 4 papal visit to Armenia as part of John Paul's efforts to improve relations with other Christian denominations.

In the 1970s, the Armenian clergyman led church dioceses in the United States, Iran and India, and he was elected catholicos in April 1995, succeeding Vazgen I, who had held the post for 40 years. According to church tradition, another catholicos will not be elected for at least six months.

There are about 10 million Armenians worldwide, most of whom are believed to be followers of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

The 1,700-year-old church is one of the so-called Ancient Churches of the East, which split with Byzantine Christianity before the Great Schism of 1054, which divided the Eastern and Western Churches.

King Trdat III proclaimed Armenia a Christian country in 301 A.D., 36 years before Emperor Constantine I, the first Christian ruler of the Roman Empire, was baptized.

Vere C. Bird

Antigua Leader

Vere C. Bird, 89, who brought independence to Antigua and founded a political dynasty that continues to rule, died June 28. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Bird led his country to independence from Britain in 1981 and still is revered by many for that, despite the many scandals that have tainted the family name.

Though Antigua began rapid development under Bird, in recent years, the nation has become known as one of the most corrupt in the Caribbean.

The dominant figure in Antiguan politics for more than 50 years, Mr. Bird retired in 1994.

A son, Lester, was elected prime minister and reelected this year.