Waldo E. Cohn


Waldo E. Cohn, 89, a biochemist who helped build the world's first nuclear bomb during the Manhattan Project and who developed radioactive radioisotopes used as medical tracers, died Aug. 27 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The cause of death was not reported.

He joined the Manhattan Project in 1942 while at the Metallurgical Laboratory at University of Chicago.

At Oak Ridge the following year, he applied a technique known as ion exchange chromatography to the process of splitting uranium atoms to create plutonium.

For that, he received the Chromatography Award of the American Chemical Society and was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Olin T. Binkley

Baptist Official

The Rev. Olin T. Binkley, 91, who served as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1963 to 1974 and as president of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada from 1964 to 1966, died Aug. 27 in Wake Forest, N.C. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Binkley, an early proponent of racial integration during the civil rights era, was a graduate of Yale University divinity school. He served at Chapel Hill Baptist Church in North Carolina from 1933 to 1938. Church members, inspired by his stand on civil rights, formed a new congregation in 1958 dedicated to integration and named it in his honor.

After serving as pastor of Chapel Hill Baptist, he taught at Wake Forest College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville before coming to Southeastern Seminary in 1952. He became the dean of faculty in 1958.

Robert K. Mueller

Management Consultant

Robert K. Mueller, 86, an authority on corporate organization who had served as chairman of the Arthur D. Little Inc. management consulting concern from 1977 to 1986, died Aug. 24 at a nursing home in Acton, Mass.

He had joined the Cambridge, Mass.,-based company in 1968 and was named a vice president in 1973 and a director in 1976. After retiring as chairman, he continued to act as a consultant.

Before joining Arthur Little, the St. Louis native had been a chemist with the Sinclair oil refining company and a vice president of the Monsanto Co.

Abdullah al-Baradouni

Arab Poet

Abdullah al-Baradouni, 70, the Yemeni poet who was blinded as a child and who published 12 poetry books and six others on politics, literature and folklore, died Aug. 30 in San'a, Yemen, after a heart attack.

Mr. al-Baradouni, who is widely known in Arab countries, started out as a teacher of Arabic literature and political history. He was imprisoned several times in the 1950s, '60s and '70s for poems that criticized rulers during that period, including religious leaders and the military revolutionaries who overthrew them in 1962.

A strong advocate of democracy and women's rights, he received death threats from Yemen's fundamentalist Muslims who considered him an infidel. He was offered police protection, but he turned it down.

Charles F. Hall

NASA Official

Charles F. Hall, 78, who established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Pioneer Project Office, which helped launched 12 spacecraft, died Aug. 26 in Mountain View, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Hall, who established the project office in 1962 at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, helped launch several missions, including the first spacecraft to fly by Saturn and the first spacecraft to traverse the Asteroid Belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

The San Francisco native graduated in 1942 from the University of California at Berkeley with a mechanical engineering degree and joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's predecessor shortly afterward.

Wallace Rosenwach

Water Tank Builder

Wallace Rosenwach, 77, builder of rooftop water tanks that dot New York City's skyline, died Aug. 23 in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Rosenwach, who inherited his grandfather's Rosenwach Tank Company, stunned the competition by developing a process to construct water tanks in just 10 hours, a fraction of the time residents used to have to go without water while their tanks were replaced.

The small wooden silos perched atop hundreds of New York buildings are capped with tin hats that look like upside-down funnels. They're a crucial part of city life, storing at least 8,500 gallons of water and ensuring that occupants of higher floors have proper water pressure. His tanks also were used by winemakers and, by at least one person, as a residence.

Patrick Rance

Cheese Advocate

Patrick Rance, 81, a writer and merchant who championed traditional British farmhouse cheesemakers and crusaded for raw-milk cheeses, died Aug. 22 in London. The cause of death was not reported.

He was the author of two influential works--1982's "Great British Cheese Book"--which brought to public attention cloth-bound, handmade cheese at a time when plastic-sealed, pasteurized cheese was proliferating--and 1989's "The French Cheese Book," the result of six years of research.

In 1954, he bought a village cheese shop in Streatley, England, near Henley-on-Thames. At first, he stocked only three cheeses: Dutch Edam, New Zealand Cheddar and Danish Blue. By 1980, the number had risen to 150.

Marc Lustgarten

Cable Pioneer

Marc Lustgarten, 52, a principal architect of Cablevision's growth in cable-television programming for the last 20 years, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 30 at a hospital in New York.

Mr. Lustgarten, chairman of Cablevision's Madison Square Garden subsidiary, joined the company in 1975 and helped turn the Long Island cable system into a sports and entertainment giant. His deal-making was a major force behind Cablevision's acquisitions of Madison Square Garden, Radio City Entertainment, the Wiz electronics retail chain and the Clearview Cinema theater chain.

He also helped oversee the creation of American Movie Classics, Bravo, the 24-hour news service News 12 Long Island and the Sportschannel regional cable networks in New York, Boston and Cleveland.

Louise Alone Thompson Patterson


Louise Alone Thompson Patterson, 97, a civil rights and labor activist from the Harlem Renaissance who was dubbed "Madame Moscow" as a force in America's communist movement, died Aug. 27 in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Patterson taught school in Arkansas before moving to New York, spearheading various actions on behalf of blacks and working people. In that capacity, she traveled to Moscow and later, to Spain during its civil war.

By the 1930s, she was dubbed "Madame Moscow" as a founder of the left-wing group called the Vanguard, which was run out of her Harlem apartment and sponsored theater performances, dances, concerts and discussions on Marxist theory.

Marvin Sands

Wine Executive

Marvin Sands, 75, who developed Canandaigua Brands Inc. bulk wine company of Fairport, N.Y., into the nation's second-largest supplier of wine, died of cancer Aug. 28 in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Canandaigua Brands Inc., which makes and distributes more than 150 brands of wine, beer and spirits, is second in size only to E&J Gallo.

In 1945, Mr. Sands took over the operation of a bulk wine supplier. It took off in 1954 when he introduced a successful sweet wine called Richard's Wild Irish Rose. The company grew after his acquisitions of such properties as Manischewitz Kosher Wines and Widmer Wines.

Evelyn Shrifte

Book Publisher

Evelyn Shrifte, 98, a longtime president of Vanguard Press, which published the first books of Saul Bellow and Dr. Seuss, died Aug. 8. in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

Ms. Shrifte was one of the first women to head a book publishing company. She began working for the independent Vanguard full time in the 1930s and was its president from 1952 to 1988, when it was sold to Random House.

Vanguard's books included Bellow's first two novels, "Dangling Man" and "The Victim," and Dr. Seuss's first two books, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" and "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins."

William Frank Malone

Army Colonel

William Frank Malone, 83, a retired Army colonel who left active duty in 1973 as military planning chief with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, died of pulmonary fibrosis Aug. 28 at a hospital in Salisbury, Md. He lived in Salisbury.

During World War II, he was a battalion commander with the 13th Armored Division in Europe. During the Korean conflict, he was inspector general of the 25th Infantry Division in Korea. Later posts included tours as a military attache in Paris, as commander of an Army Security Agency base in Ethiopia and as chief of staff of the Army Security Agency.