THE OBITUARY OF MEL BEISER, WHICH APPEARED IN THE POST ON JULY 25, INCORRECTLY REPORTED THE NAME OF THE COMPANY FOR WHICH HE HAD BEEN AN EDITORIAL CONSULTANT IN NEW YORK, MEAD DATA CENTRAL, AND WHAT HIS TITLE HAD BEEN WITH REUTERS NORTH AMERICA. HE HAD SERVED AS MANAGING EDITOR.
Ludwik Gross, 94, whose cancer research showing that viruses could cause cancer in animals resulted in his winning the immensely prestigious Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation prize in 1974, died July 19 in New York. The cause of death was not reported.
The Lasker jury said his findings opened the field of tumor virology in mammals and laid the groundwork for later discoveries of cancer-inducing viruses in other species.
A medical journalist, Dr. Gross was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and wrote "Oncogenic Viruses," a textbook that became a standard in the field.
His last article appeared in 1998 in the publication Proceedings.
Abelardo Diaz Alfaro
Puerto Rican Writer
Abelardo Diaz Alfaro, 82, the author of thousands of short stories and scripts that gave voice to Puerto Ricans' search for identity, died July 22 at his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after a series of strokes.
Mr. Diaz won international acclaim with his 1947 story collection, "Terrazo," (Terrace). Many of his stories are required reading in Puerto Rican schools, and "Terrazo" has been translated into 10 languages.
In the most famous tale, "El Josco" (The Swarthy One), two neighbors pit a Puerto Rican bull against an American bull in a fight. The showdown dramatized the U.S. territory's often painful relationship with the United States.
Writer and Critic
Shoukry Ayyad, 78, an Egyptian writer who was one of the Arab world's most respected poetry critics, died July 23 at his home in Cairo after a heart attack.
He wrote 20 books on Arabic poetry, language and theater, including "The Hero in Literature and Fables," "Music of Poetry" and "Language and Creativity." He also wrote a volume of poetry and the novel, "Heavenly Bird."
Mr. Ayyad, who published a regular literary column for Al-Ahram newspaper, was the recipient of the Egyptian government's state Literary Award. However, it denied him a license to publish a monthly literary magazine.
Kevin Wilkinson, 41, a rock drummer who had played with such groups as Squeeze and China Crisis, died July 17 in Baydon, England. London's Independent newspaper said that his death was an apparent suicide.
Mr. Wilkinson played last summer with singer Howard Jones in a popular 1980s revival tour in the United States that also included Culture Club and Human League. He also recently toured America with the Proclaimers.
He began drumming early and, by the late 1970s, was part of the "art punk" band Stadium Dogs. Later, he joined China Crisis, appearing on four of the band's albums. In 1995, he joined the reformed '70s band Squeeze, playing on the album "Ridiculous."
Claudio Rodriguez, 65, a Spanish poet known for his down-to-earth themes and deeply symbolic language who was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts in 1993, died of colon cancer July 22 in Madrid, Spain.
He published the first of his five books of poetry in 1953, calling it "Don de Ebriedad," -- which held a double meaning of both Gift, or Master, of Drunkenness.
He also translated T.S. Eliot's poetry into Spanish, taught in the British universities of Cambridge and Nottingham and was a member of the Royal Spanish Academy, which watches over the use of the Spanish language.
Mel Beiser, 68, retired managing editor of AFX News and a pioneer in the developments of real-time electronic journalism, died of a cardiovascular disorder July 14 at his home in Sarasota, Fla.
He was managing editor of AFX News, a London-based financial wire service, for six years until retiring in 1996. In the early 1980s, he worked as an editorial consultant for Mead Data Control in New York City and helped with development of the Nexis research service. Earlier, he spent 14 years with Reuters, serving in London as chief news editor of economic services and editor of European services. He also was editor of Reuters North America and deputy news editor of the Reuters Washington bureau.