Malachi Martin


Malachi Martin, 78, a former Jesuit priest and close associate of Pope John XXIII who went on to write thrillers about the Roman Catholic Church, died July 27 at a hospital in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

He left the priesthood after serving as an aide to the pope during the Second Vatican Council. The Irish native then went to New York.

His books ranged from a seminal work on the Dead Sea Scrolls to the best-selling "Hostage to the Devil," published in 1976 and billed as a real-life account of the possession and exorcism of five Americans. His other books included "The Encounter," "The Final Conclave," and "The Pilgrim."

Amaryllis Fleming

British Cellist

Amaryllis Fleming, 73, a celebrated cellist and noted beauty who was the daughter of London hostess Eva Fleming and painter Augustus John and the half-sister of novelist Ian Fleming, died July 27 at a hospital in Nettlebed, England. She had suffered a stroke.

Ms. Fleming began playing cello at an early age and won a spot at the Royal College of Music in 1943. She established herself during the 1950s, winning the prestigious Queen's Prize in 1952, making her debut the next year at the Proms--the annual classical music series at London's Royal Albert Hall--and playing with notable musicians throughout Europe.

Ms. Fleming, who stood in for Bette Davis in the 1970 film "Connecting Rooms," eventually chose to concentrate on chamber music.

She became a charismatic and beloved professor of cello at the Royal College of Music.

Ling Siew May

Singapore First Lady

Ling Siew May, 62, the wife of Singapore's President Ong Teng Cheong, died July 30 at a hospital in Singapore after a 2 1/2-year battle with colon cancer.

The couple, married in 1962, were both trained as architects and have two sons and a grandson.

Ong, 63, has been through two rounds of chemotherapy for lymphoma during his term. He has said his wife's illness was one of the reasons for his decision not to seek reelection.

Werner Haftmann

Art Historian

Werner Haftmann, 87, a noted art historian who served as director of Berlin's National Gallery from 1967 to 1974, died July 28 in Berlin. The cause of death was not reported.

He was best known as the author of "Painting of the 20th Century," which appeared in 1954 and remains a standard reference work in art history.

He also put together the first Documenta modern art show in 1955, bringing in works by Matisse and Picasso. The show, held every four years, has become an important forum for contemporary artists.